When you think about meditating, what comes to mind? For most, it is sitting with your legs crossed, with both eyes closed while humming – or clearing your head while breathing deeply.
While it may be true that it often comprises of focused thinking and a quiet surrounding, the clearing of the mind may be a bit overstated. Dr. Judson Brewer, who is the director of innovation and research at Brown University’s Mindfulness Center, stated that “It is about changing our relationships to our thoughts” and not about “stopping our thoughts or emptying the mind,” Brewer explains.
The Positive Mental and Physical Health Benefits of Meditation
Meditation is a methodology that dates back over 2000 years. Details of how it is performed may differ, but all have that one factor in common. “All the various practices train or cultivate attention and awareness.” states Miles Neale, the author of Gradual Awakening and a clinical instructor of psychology at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Studies show that meditation helps to bolster concentration. A published journal study reported that 10 minutes of meditation can improve a person’s accuracy scores and reaction time when taking a computer-based attention test.
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