Have you found your zen?
We are all living such busy lives that lead to high levels of stress, anxiety, and what-not. That’s why it’s essential to carve out time to sit and down and meditate.
Harvard University researchers carried out a study to identify what happens to the brain when we meditate regularly. To do this, 16 participants were put through a guided meditation program that lasted for 27 minutes every day. The participants were tasked to do this for eight weeks.
After two months, researchers observed regions of the brain associated with learning, emotion, memory, control, self-awareness, and perspective have increased in volume. Therefore, the results led to conclude that meditation is beneficial to our overall well-being.
If you have tried meditation and you’ve done it a couple of times, you’ll realize that it’s not actually “too hippie,” because it really does wonders.
A question most beginners ask is—“how long should I meditate?”
What Type of Result Do You Want To Get?
When you meditate, you want to get something specific out of it—it could be peace, calm, or you are looking for a deeper meaning. Whatever the reason is, the time you spend meditating can be based on the results you want.
The thing you should remember with meditation is that the results are not always immediate. For example, the first few days of your meditation, you may not even notice the changes because they’re subtle and they tend to blend in with our daily routines. It’s only when you sit down to meditate again, after a few days, weeks, or months will you be able to reflect on its effects.
This is also why if you meditate, you might want to consider keeping a journal. Write down the effects of the meditation you experienced that day, no matter how small. It will help you track its progress and see how it’s working for you.
Another thing to keep in mind is that meditation is not science, rather, it’s an art. Be faithful to the practice and follow through your intention with discipline and commitment, and rest assured, you are going to get the results that you want.
That also means you need to be patient because unfortunately, you don’t get to decide how quickly the results manifest in your life.
If you ever come across individuals who talk about the results of meditation they experienced in just a few days of meditation, avoid comparing yourself. We are all different and we have different personalities and histories. You never know how it’s going to work, you may get results right away, or it may take more time.
What’s important is you’re consistent.
Don’t worry, I know you really want to get an idea of the specific amount of time for meditation. So, here are some of them…
Meditating for just 10 minutes a day is enough to see significant results, based on research at the University of Waterloo in Canada. You can get significant results by simply sitting still and breathing deeply for 10 minutes.
Yes, that’s the most ideal time you need to spend on meditation every day. If you’re new to this, meditating for 2 to 3 minutes is fine, you can increase the time gradually as you ease into the practice.
A daily meditation can transform your life and give you the results that you want.
Are you ready to transform yours?