Meditation is so powerful, that soon enough, doctors will start prescribing daily meditation to their patients. Meditation is the ultimate wonder drug, proven to:
- Overcome stress (University of Massachusetts Medical School, 2003)
- Boost your creativity (ScienceDaily, 2010)
- Cultivate healthy habits that lead to weight loss (Journal Emotion, 2007)
- Improve digestion and lower blood pressure (Harvard Medical School)
- Decrease your risk of heart attack (The Stroke Journal, 2009)
- Help overcome anxiety, depression, anger and confusion (Psychosomatic Medicine, 2009)
- Decrease perception of pain and improve cognitive processing (Wake Forest University School of Medicine, 2010)
- Increase your focus and attention (University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2007)
- Increase the size of your most important organ— your brain! (Harvard University Gazette, 2006)
If you're still an unbeliever, we've listed three top CEO's that say meditation is their personal key to their success and well-being.
Arianna Huffington is the founder and CEO of The Huffington Post.
“If you take care of your mind, you take care of the world.”
Mark T. Bertolini is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Aetna, a Fortune 100 diversified health care benefits company with approximately $58 billion in 2014 total revenue.
“If we can create a healthier you, we can create a healthier world and healthier company,”
Russell Simmons is the co-founder of Def Jam Records. He discovered artists like LL Cool J, the Beastie Boys, and Run-D.M.C.
"I don't do shit 'till I meditate."
"OK, so how do I meditate?" you ask...
Find a comfortable seat.
It doesn't have to be anywhere special. Find a comfortable place, free from distraction, where you can relax and concentrate on your breathing.
Close your eyes.
And practice inhaling and exhaling at the count of eight. If you get distracted, don’t worry, just go back to focusing on your breath.
Set a reasonable amount of time.
You don’t have to meditate for an hour, or twenty, or even 5 minutes. Set a timer and release your expectations of perfection.
We hope you've enjoyed our Thoughtful Thursday feature on meditation. Good luck on your journey to mindfulness, and we'll see you next time for more tips for a more healthy and fulfilling life.