- Business leaders who meditate include Arianna Huffington, Bill Gates and Marc Benioff of software company Salesforce.
- The benefits of meditation include lowering blood pressure and anxiety.
- It also helps people make fewer mistakes, a Michigan State University study suggests.
Another business leaders who meditate Among them are Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington, television producer and host Oprah Winfrey, and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, according to corporate meditation and mindfulness specialist Peak Wellness.
What are the benefits of meditation?
Meditation is thousands of years old, at least to ancient India and China, according to the psychology website Positive Psychology. Basically, it is a mind training method that has been shown to benefit psychological well-being.
Meditation can help people feel calm, relaxed and mentally balancedaccording to National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NIH), a US government agency.
It can also help people cope with illness and improve overall health. Some research suggests that meditation can lower blood pressure and relieve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, the National Institutes of Health says. It can also help with insomnia and relieve anxiety and depression.
How do you meditate?
Quiet environment away from distractions For example, televisions, radios and mobile phones are key elements of meditation, according to the Mayo Clinic US Medical Center.
Sit comfortably and focus your attention. You can focus on your breath, or on an object, or on an image, or on mantra – repeated word or sound. It is this focus that helps free your mind from things that cause stress and anxietysay at the Mayo Clinic.
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Slow down and deepen your breathing. Relax your neck, shoulders and chest. “Let thoughts pass through your mind without judgment,” says the Mayo Clinic.
What else does meditation research say?
A 2019 study by Michigan State University suggests that meditation can help people make fewer mistakes.
The study, published in the journal Brain Sciences, took 200 people who had never meditated and had them try to meditate for 20 minutes. The results show that meditation can “enhance the brain’s ability to detect errors and pay attention to them,” the authors say.
Another study published in the journal Psychological reports in 2021 by Florida International University – links decrease in attentiveness with emotional instability and “cognitive failures” such as memory lapses, difficulty concentrating, and errors in routine activities.
Mindfulness is awareness of the present moment, including our thoughts and feelings, without judgment.
Meditation can also help us break bad habits.2021 study in the journal Mindfulness suggests. things we do automatically can hold us back if our environment changes because habits are hard to break the neuroscience website PsyPost explains in their review of the study. This may lead us to make more mistakes.
BUT a study of 73 adults conducted by the University of Innsbruck in Austria found those who meditate are more able to overcome automatic reactions to certain trigger events.for example check your phone as soon as it receives a notification.