Meditation…one of the hardest and confusing things I’ve tried. Meditation is such a weird concept. How can sitting still in one place, and breathing deeply help you? Don’t we already do that in class? Yes BUT it’s different, I swear. In order to begin understanding Meditation, you need to know the textbook definition of it.
- think deeply or focus one’s mind for a period of time, in silence or with the aid of chanting, for religious or spiritual purposes or as a method of relaxation.
- think deeply or carefully about (something).”
Meditation allows you to actually sit and think and also process your thoughts. Meditation can be a very hard thing to get into though. While I myself am still learning the ropes of meditation, there are a lot of apps and youtube videos to help you! Meditation has so many other benefits though, here are a few:
- Emotional Health: It has been proven that meditation can decrease depression and the feeling of loneliness. It has even increased self esteem in cancer patients
- Improves attention span: In an article by Healthline, they found many different workers, such as human resources, were able to focus longer on their tasks after mindful meditation. They even said that just four days of practicing meditation can increase your attention span, which all of us college students could use more of.
- Improves sleep: Meditation can help your mind stay focused on sleepy, which can sound weird, but it helps you not have those lingering thoughts that come up and interrupt your sleep!
Meditation is wonderful for many reasons and can be used wherever and whenever you need it. It doesn’t need to be this big long retreat where you shut off your phone and run away from your life for a few weeks. If you feel stressed or can’t sleep you could meditate for 10 minutes in your room or wherever you feel comfortable and be done with it until the next time you feel you need it. Meditation doesn’t involve any special equipment like working out does. You have this mental tool that is so helpful, so use it!
Don’t wait for the opportunity, create it