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The Benefits of Meditation and Why you should Meditate

Meditation is something I have been doing and coaching people regularly for 4 years now, so today I wanted to share some of the benefits with you.

A lot of people consider it to be airy-fairy bullshit that has no benefit. What I can tell you is that it was good enough for Arnold Schwarzenegger who was a regular meditator. Furthermore, take a look at some of the most successful business people in the world. In the Book, ‘Tool of Titans by Tim Ferris‘ he interviews and analyses world-class performers, icons, and billionaires. 80% OF THE PEOPLE INTERVIEWED IN THIS BOOK WERE REGULAR MEDITATORS.

What are the benefits?

  • Meditation improves sleep

  • Meditation reduces levels of stress hormone (cortisol)

  • Meditation improves energy levels

  • Meditation helps you think clearer to help identify your vision

  • Meditation is great for weight/fat loss due to the fact that you become more insulin sensitive and your level of stress hormones reduce

  • Meditation is a great anti- ageing practice

  • Prevents you from making poor decisions

  • Improves your self-awareness

  • Increases oxygen intake

How should I start?

There are many ways to meditate but you can choose to start off with this basic approach below. Once you have done this a number of times you may alter or find a more effective method that works best for YOU.

  • Begin with 10 minutes twice a day, but know the more often you do it the more benefit you will get.

  • Download some relaxing music, a guided meditation from YouTube or you use any of the meditation apps or podcasts. Some people don’t need any music. You are better downloading the music or guided meditation so you do not get disturbed while meditating. Ensure your phone is on airplane mode.

  • Lying down while listening to peaceful music or guided meditation take a deep diaphragmatic breath in as your belly expands, and then exhale out through the mouth. Repeat this for 10 minutes.

Check out my video here, to ensure you are breathing the correct way:

I also recommend checking out the book ‘Meditation for Dummies’ as it offers you some simple and easily applicable practices to begin with.

SOURCE: Graham Whitehead Health