Meditation is linked to religious practices, but if you take out the spiritual part what is left is a powerful tool to use.
Put most simply, meditation is a way to train the mind. Most of the time, our minds are wandering thinking about the future, worrying, fantasizing, stressing about university. Meditation brings us back to the present moment, and gives us the tools we need to be less stressed, calmer and kinder to ourselves and others.
“Meditation is a training of our attention, it allows us to step out of distracted thought, and helps us arrive in the present moment in a balanced and clear way.” (Ms. Brach)
Basic mindfulness meditation is the practice of paying attention to the present moment, the goal isn’t to stop thinking, or to empty the mind. Rather, the point is to pay close attention to your physical sensations, thoughts and emotions in order to see them more clearly, without making so many assumptions, or making up stories.
What are its benefit?
- Meditation can help you deal with stress and negative emotions.
- At the same time, meditation could boost positive skills like memory and awareness.