Meditation is Vital in today's busy non-stop world for Training, Conditioning & Elevating Mindset!
Yes, this is a bold statement, but after over 10 years of work in the Personal Growth area as a coach, working with Individuals, Leaders & Organizations and being surrounded & inspired around the growing science of the Mind & Meditation - this is Real, this is what happens when you meditate - you Change & Elevate your Mindset.
Why is Mindset so important - because unless you have been living under a rock, you now know that Mindset is Everything! Your Mindset determines how you experience your life, how you create your life, how it unfolds for you, your success, your happiness, your fulfillment and yes even your health and healing. Your mindset will help you navigate the challenges and change that life throws your way almost daily. Almost everything you desire to experience and create begins with Mindset. And while other things like reading great books help with mindset - in today's busy, noisy world, it's not enough and it doesn't go deep enough.
So what is Mindset? It's your way of thinking, your frame of mind, your collection of thoughts and beliefs about you and the world.
Because Meditation is such a powerful & proven way to train your Mindset, I often want to call this powerful daily practice something else because, let's face it, we still get hung up on the word. When we hear it we may bring up images of monks on mountain tops or we often see it as a "nice" thing to do or a "when I have a bit of time" kind of thing to do. So that's where I say: How's that working for us so far? Burnout, depression, a lack of fulfillment as well as significant health issues are at an all time high.
In my work, recently, with an organization, for some, especially those non-stop, rushing around Leaders, the "M" word was seen as something more for those who didn't have anything better to do with their time, instead of a vital way to train the mind to serve and support your mindset throughout the day. But this is changing, as the pace of change is surpassing our ability to cope and navigate it. So while this attitude is fascinating...I digress so let's get into this...
Here are 3 incredible ways that Meditation Impacts your Mindset:
1) Meditation Rewires your Brain & Mind.
So this section could be pages and pages long as today there are literally mountains of science in this area but I'll cover a few key points.
- Meditation increases the volume of Grey Matter in your brain. Grey matter includes the region of your brain responsible for muscle control, sensory perception - such as seeing, hearing, memory, emotions, speech, decision-making and self control. So who wouldn't want more Grey Matter? Grey matter is impacted significantly from stress and as we age. A UCLA study shows that Meditators had better functioning and better preserved brains! Wow!
- Meditation also significantly dials down that "ME ME ME" centre - the part of your mind that is always wandering, worrying, easily overwhelmed, anxious, unfocused, doubting and in Fear mode. It's also called the Monkey Mind - no wonder! Even when the mind wandered, studi