The western lifestyle dominating in the 21st century has brought some new challenges to humanity. One of the main standards to complete your work successfully is to never show your true emotions and to never express your genuine thoughts. People’s minds are estranged from their bodies, just like people have to strictly separate their public selves from their private selves. The consequence of that estrangement is the global workplace stress people suffer from. As a result, a lot of western people have turned to eastern culture for salvation, and one of the popular techniques to deal with stress is through meditation. If you have any doubts about the benefits of meditation, this is why you should think twice before you discard it completely.
Feeling the Present Moment
The famous Eastern proverb says that yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift – that is why it is called the present. You cannot change what happened in the past and there is no use stressing about future events.
Meditation gives you the chance to enjoy the present moment and to clear your mind of all the toxic thoughts about the past and the future. It affords you the ability to see the beauty you are surrounded by, hear all the mellifluous sounds that enrich your life experience, and open all your senses. In that way, you build an open attitude to explore life as it is, not as it should have been or should be.
Unfortunately, stress usually transfers physically to our organs. You may feel the tension in your neck, have stomach problems or terrible headaches, or you simply feel constant tiredness for no reason. Most meditations guide you to focus on all of your visible body parts, from toes to the top of your head. Firstly, you try to relax each body part separately, then your whole body. This technique helps you to unite your body and your mind for them to function as a whole.
Concentrating on Your Breathing
At times of contractions, pregnant women concentrate on their breathing to manage the unworldly stress and pain they are experiencing. Do not wait to feel similar stress or pain within your own body, practice the breathing techniques through meditation! When you focus on your breathing, the whole body becomes synchronized with it – the lungs are widened, the blood circulation is better, your heart is grateful for the oxygen you take in. It may seem little, but you will improve your well-being by focusing on your breathing at times of stress.
Through meditation techniques, you work on your emotional state. Meditation will help you see the positive sides of stressful situations, build stress-managing skills, as well as understand your negative emotions and get rid of them easier. Moreover, you will become more patient and tolerant, which would be beneficial for your work. You will also boost your imagination and creativity, which will lead you to solutions you couldn’t imagine before.
Some research shows that meditation can have a positive effect on certain illnesses. It appears that meditation has a placebo effect on symptoms of asthma, cancer, heart disease, sleep problems, chronic pain, and high blood pressure. It is not taboo that a positive attitude can lead to the physical cure of illnesses, so do not wait for stress to complicate your life further.