Why meditation isn’t woo woo
This is week 3 of 8 of my blog series that is running up to the launch of my new book Limitless. At the end of the blog post, I have set you a challenge for this week. I hope you’ll gain real benefit from doing this week’s challenge.
Tim Ferris in his book ‘Tools of Titans’ interviewed people at the top of their game from all sorts of professions, from top investors to ex-Navy Seals and 80% of them had the same one thing in common. They each had some kind of meditation practice.
I resisted meditation for a long time because I had the wrong perception of it, and I couldn’t see how I would benefit from it. When I started meditating, I was genuinely shocked by the impact that it had on my mood, focus and general outlook on life.
Here is an extract from Limitless:
‘In my twenties and early thirties, there would be no way in the world you would ever get me to meditate. Absolutely no way. Meditation was for hippies and yogis and not for me. It is funny how many people have an unfavourable view of meditation; they imagine somebody sat cross-legged on the top of a hill, next to a monk or a beautiful person. However, most people are either sitting in bed in the morning or on their favourite seat just having a quiet moment.
I love the moment when I introduce the concept of meditation to a client. I see their facial expressions change, and they start to shift around uncomfortably in their chair. When I ask them if they would like to ‘try meditation’, they never say ‘no’, it’s nearly always a cautious ‘yes’. Most of the time, in the next session, they explain how they really enjoyed the experience of meditation and how it has positively impacted their mood that day’.
These studies used Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and Electroencephalography (EEG) technologies to explain how meditation works:
A review published in 2015 confirmed that meditation has a positive impact on your neurotransmitters, serotonin, gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), dopamine and norepinephrine. These neurotransmitters directly regulate your mood, behaviour and anxiety.
A study published in 2016 showed a significant reduction in cortisol levels after twenty-one days of meditation. Higher cortisol levels are an indicator of stress.
Two studies published in 2014 and 2018 found
that yoga and meditation significantly raised Dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS), also known as the ‘longevity molecule’, and Growth Hormone, also known as the ‘fountain of youth’.
A study published in 1995 found that the effects of mood and running are similar because both activities produce endorphins.
This week, I would like you to give meditation a try. A good place to start is with Headspace, you can download the app and try it for free for 30 days. And remember – take things slowly at first. After all, ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’.
Let me know how you get on by leaving me a comment now in the section below or drop me a message on any of our social media platforms:
This week, I will randomly select somebody who has shared this blog on one of our social media platforms and they will win a year’s subscription to Headspace.
Up next is Week 4 – Prime your day for success in 1 minute. Don’t miss it!
I’m grateful for you taking the time to read this, and I’m looking forward to you getting in touch with me. And don’t forget to share this blog post on social media. You never know, it could be you who is the lucky winner of a year’s subscription to Headspace.
Have a great week!
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