“Adding a regular meditation practice to your day could make it easier to mentally recharge and refocus which can help renew energy in the mind and body” — Paul Ebeling
An easy definition of meditation is to be present in the world around you – to be conscious of what is going on by keeping your mind and breath steady.
Many people find meditation to be helpful in coping with real-world situations and staying focused on difficult tasks.
Jon Kabat-Zinn describes a plethora of benefits of meditation in his book Wherever You Go, There You Are. Some of them include enhancing neuroplasticity of neurons in your brain, boosting your immune system, and increasing the activity of your hippocampus and amygdala, which regulates your emotions.
See if there are any yoga studios around you or if there are any classes at your local gym. Also, go to your library and see if there are any books or audiobooks that will help get your started. There are tons of resources, all you have to do is look for them!
And there is this too…
Expose yourself to Sunlight: our body needs the light from the Sun in order to function well. Studies have suggested a correlation between people who work after Midnight or in locations that have no natural light, like dark factories or mine shafts, and mental health issues, like depression, sleep disorders, and other cognitive problems. This is explained by their circadian rhythm patterns being skewed from the rest of the population and lack of exposure to natural sunlight.
The Sun is one of the main sources that can provide Vitamin D to your body. According to the Sunlight, Nutrition, and Health Research Center, low levels of Vitamin D are associated with cognitive impairments. These include the ability to rationalize and to calculate numerical figures. Also, Vitamin D may reduce the risk of of diseases that indirectly affect the brain’s functioning, like hypertension or cardiovascular disease.
So, get outside! Try to spend some time outside everyday. If you live in a place with little Sunlight, find Vitamin D lamps that help you make up for the lack of Sunlight.
Have a happy, prosperous week, Keep the Faith, Meditate!