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How meditation can change your life one day at a time

How meditation can change your life one day at a time

How meditation can change your life one day at a time
July 31
08:19 2018

The mind needs fostering in the same way your muscles need practice or your talents need to be refined. If you never push your muscles past their limits, you will not become stronger, and the same goes for your mind.

Just like muscles, the mind can be “worked out” and improved in many ways, one being meditation. There have been a few studies and plenty of individual stories about the positive effects of meditation, and I believe it is just as important — if not more so — as going to the gym and doing physical exercise.

A study published in PubMed Central reported that the daily practice of mindfulness meditation increased people’s life satisfaction and reduced depressive symptoms based on the broaden-and-build theory of positive emotions. This theory is a model that attempts to explain the mechanisms behind positive emotions.

Based on this model, it is hypothesized that positive emotions broaden the relationship between thought and action, making it possible to look past the automatic response our body gives us and aid in finding more creative and flexible ways to solve our problems. The build part of the theory is a result of the foundation that the broaden half builds in our daily lives. If we consistently attempt to broaden our perspectives and see the positive side of situations, we become more open-minded and tolerant of alternate views, as well as becoming more mindful of ourselves and our lives.

Meditation is starting to make its way into the business world as well. Practicing meditation allows for the development of a calm and pragmatic demeanor, perfect for stressful situations that come with a high-level business job.

Alak Vasa, the founder of Elements Truffles, claimed that practicing meditation helped her keep panic and fear at bay during stressful situations when she worked on the trade floor at Goldman Sachs. CEO Jonathan Tang of VASTRM Fashion introduced meditation to his staff after 9/11 to help them process the traumatic experience and reach a state of calmness and acceptance. In the same Harvard Business Review, Peter Cooper, Founder of Cooper Investors, discusses the effects of meditation on the ability to focus. He claims meditation greatly helps him in selecting wise investment options due to his ability to focus on the important information provided and not get caught on insignificant or unprofitable details.

Personally, over the summer I have been taking the time to meditate and I can testify to the positive effects. I feel calmer, more level-headed and understanding in situations that I normally would panic in. I agree with Peter Cooper, it does help me sift through the unimportant information in my life, whether it be insecurities about myself or the distractions of day to day life. Meditation also helps me learn more about myself, which I believe to be an important part of growth and something we should all dedicate time to.

Whether you are working in the business field or just want to improve your focus, adding a meditation session to your daily routine can change your perspective in a positive way. All it takes is 10-15 minutes of meditation a day to begin to compound the broaden-and-build effect, increasing positive thoughts and making life more satisfying.

Sometimes you just have to take the time to sit down, breathe and think things through — meditation is the perfect way to do exactly that.

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Nicholas Stiltner

Nicholas Stiltner

NT Daily Opinion Writer

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  1. abhi
    abhi August 02, 01:37

    Finding permanent ,lasting,real peace which comes from within yourself you cant find it outside and all this by an easy meditation technique .
    and if you can then must try this easy meditation technique to see for yourself if you feel at peace ,calm ,happy or not .

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