Meditate To Enhance Your Mood
Eat, sleep, work, repeat, don’t forget to meditate!
It’s easy to lose awareness of tension in the mind and body for the 9 to 5 warriors. 8 hours of work, then transport, food prep, gym, socializing, following your passions – so much to do with so little time. But there are ways to release unwanted pressure and take that edge off and no, this does not include hitting the bottle.
Meditation… Ain’t nobody got time for that. It does require practice but you will be rewarded with a sense of who you are and why you are here. Setting goals and dreams are an excellent way to spark the soul, until the novelty wears off and you realize these goals are going to require some work. Everything needs a process and call to action but without acknowledging the process and learning to enjoy the ride you’ll find yourself stuck deep in the rabbit hole, wondering why there is no damn carrot already.
According to Buddhist teachings, meditation is key to attaining enlightenment. In other words, to find your true identity, stop resisting and begin the path you are meant to walk. Accept who you are, without the need to temporarily escape through a weekend binge filled with sex, drugs and rock n roll… A great article written by mindworks.org – “Buddhist Meditation Techniques & Practices” They go into more detail on how the Buddhist practice their meditation, click the link to read.
When meditating, the pituitary gland found in the brain will secrete endorphins which naturally create positive emotional feeling. A study found in the Psychiatry Research claims that patients with anxiety disorder who participated in regular mindful meditation classes experienced a decrease in stress hormones when confronted with a challenging situation.
What is meditation
Meditation involves sitting in a comfortable position, back straight, focus on the breath and the present moment. If thoughts intrude, just let them pass on by without holding on, and return to the breath. Over time, meditation can actually change the structure of the brain, a process known as neuro-plasticity. Benefits include an increase in focus, clarity, productivity and a sense of peace, even during mentally challenging and stressful times.
The terrifying story of the junior Thai football team trapped in the cave is a great example of the power of meditation. Their coach, Ekapol Chanthawong, was trained to be a monk at the age of 10. States he trained the team to meditate, keep calm and always preserve energy. The team was trapped close to 10 days with little food and no light. During the time Ekapol kept the boys calm through practicing meditation.