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Genuine happiness has nothing to do with possessions or circumstances. Winning a lottery or going through a difficult time will not keep you permanently happy or unhappy. Eventually, people tend to return to their baseline happiness level. The baseline happiness can be increased by building healthy habits. One such habit includes a daily dose of meditation.

Meditation isn’t some weird spiritual practice but a practical tool to promote a calmer, more focused and more productive life.

Benefits of Meditation

Meditation has a wide range of benefits, many of which have been proven scientifically.

  • Meditation makes you feel calmer and more grounded
  • Meditation alerts the brain, sharpening you focus and attention
  • Meditation can help you let go of negative thoughts
  • Meditation can reduce your levels of stress
  • Meditation can make you happier
  • Meditation helps with improved immunity
  • Meditation can fight memory related illnesses including Alzheimers and Parkinson’s disease

Science speaks:

Fact #1: A research by Sara Lazar, a Harvard neurologist, compared the brain structures of people who meditated and those that did not. The findings show that people who did regular meditation have more gray matter in their frontal cortex. This is the part of the brain that improves memory and decision making. The frontal cortex shrinks as we get older. Regular meditation significantly reduces the shrinking process. In fact, a 50 year old meditator had as good a frontal cortex as another person half their age that didn’t meditate.

Fact #2: Another research showed that people that do meditation tend to have smaller amygdala, a part of the brain that is responsible for stress and anxiety.

Fact #3: Yet another study shows that meditators have much lower levels of cortisol - the stress producing hormone, than those that do not meditate.

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3 Simple Ways to Practice Meditation


Mindfulness meditation

Mindfulness meditation originates from Buddhist teachings and is the most popular form of meditation. In mindfulness meditation, you pay attention to your thoughts as they pass through your mind without judging them. You may focus on an object or your breath.

Focused meditation

This type of meditation can be practiced by focusing on one specific object or something internal like your breath. For example, you can imagine a specific object (a cup or a lamp), a scenery or a sound, and keep your mind focused on it for a few minutes. Understand that it is okay for your mind to wander around. The key is to try to bring your attention back to the object of interest. Here is a focused meditation practice on YouTube.

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Mantra meditation

Mantra meditation uses a repetitive sound, word or phrase to clear the mind. The mantra can be spoken quietly or loudly. Repetitive chanting of the mantra focuses your mind by keeping it clear of regular thoughts. Here is an Om Chanting meditation on YouTube.

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Practice this simple deep breathing meditation right now and you will notice the difference.

STEP 1: Take seven slow breaths, inhaling through the nose and exhaling through the nose or mouth, whichever feels comfortable. Each inhale and exhale could take 2-3 seconds.

STEP 2: Repeat step 1 with slower breaths than in step1. Each inhale and exhale could take 3-4 seconds.

STEP 3: Repeat step 1 with even slower breaths. Each inhale and exhale could take 4-6 seconds. If possible, hold your breath for 1-2 seconds after every inhale and exhale.

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