If you were to ask someone to list the benefits of meditation, they would most likely list off reasons such as lowering heart rate, relaxing, and increasing self-awareness. But did you know meditation is also credited with increasing imagination, creativity, and self-awareness?

The Mayo Clinic recently published an article explaining meditation, its benefits, and how to get started. Meditation is a mind-body practice that helps reduce stress, anxiety, and depression and improves concentration, self-awareness, and overall well-being. To begin meditating, find a quiet place, sit comfortably, focus on your breath, and let your thoughts come and go without judgment. The article also describes different types of meditation, such as mantra meditation, mindfulness meditation, and yoga, and provides beginner tips.

“Studies have shown that meditation can have both short-term and long-term effects on various aspects of mental and physical health, such as reducing anxiety, depression, and chronic pain, and improving sleep, immune function, and cognitive function. Regular meditation can also lead to changes in the brain that support emotional regulation and empathy.”

Meditation can be a simple and accessible practice that can be done anywhere, whether you’re taking a walk, riding the bus, or waiting for an appointment. By focusing your attention on a specific object, image, mantra, or your breath, you can free your mind from distractions and reduce stress. Relaxing your breathing and finding a quiet, comfortable spot can also help deepen your meditation practice. As you become more skilled, you may even be able to meditate in high-stress situations like a difficult business meeting or a long line at the grocery store. So, why not give it a try? With regular meditation practice, you can experience the calming benefits that can have a positive impact on your overall well-being.

Read the full article here.