Underneath all the brainpower and creativity flowing through Silicon Valley, there’s something else that may be a surprising reason for all the success: meditation.
Yes, huge companies like Google often offer classes and resources to their employees to introduce them to the benefits of yoga – and there must be a lot of benefits, if Google is a proponent of the exercise!
Still, you don’t need Google to show you how to meditate. Actually, let me rephrase that – you might want to literally google how to meditate. But here’s the point: meditation is so simple and impacts your life in so many positive ways.
Keep reading to learn about the various benefits and methods of meditation. Who knows? After practicing meditation for a while, you might end up with the amazing awareness and wisdom of this kid:
What exactly is meditation?
Meditation is, simply, an exercise for your mind. More importantly, it involves focus and awareness.
There are two types: mindful meditation and open-monitoring meditation. In mindful meditation, you focus on one aspect of your body – only that aspect. It could be your breathing, something in your environment, or just a particular part of your body. On the other hand, in open-monitoring meditation, you’re not focusing on one particular thing. Instead, you’re letting things happen – such as your thoughts – and simply noticing them, not reacting to them.
Why should I meditate? What’s in it for me?
There are a bunch of scientific reasons for why you should meditate, but I don’t want to bore you with all the explanations. (If you want to read more about it, you can do so at this link!)
After you meditate, you’ll notice that you’re better at focusing (especially if you just did some mindful meditation). This is great for your productivity at school and at work. (See why Google loves for its employees to do some meditating?)
You’ll also find yourself with more compassion, more creativity, and a better memory! Meditation also helps you become less anxious.
All of these health benefits without having to raise your heart rate. Now that’s amazing.
How do I meditate?
I’ve already briefly described the two main types of meditation in the first section (mindfulness and open-monitoring). You can find a huge amount of resources on the Internet on meditation, so I encourage you to do some research and see what works best for you.
To get you started, here’s a simple exercise in meditation:
Sit down or lie down in a comfortable position. You should find a position that you can stay in for an extended period of time.
Close your eyes.
Let yourself breathe naturally. Focus on your breaths as you inhale and exhale. Block out everything except for your breaths as you inhale and exhale. If your mind wanders onto another topic, bring your focus back to counting your breaths. Do this for 1 to 2 minutes, and then increase the duration as you see fit.