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5 Practical Things Meditation Can Teach You | A Life of Productivity
Takeaway: Meditation saves you time because it allows you to work more efficiently. Five practical benefits of having a meditation ritual: you'll be happier (which makes you more productive); you'll have greater clarity of what's important as you work; you'll develop deeper relationships; you'll focus deeper; and you'll become less dependent on your addictive devices.

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Meditation improves your life

Meditation won't change what happens to you. But it will teach you how to approach your experiences differently:

  • You experience more joy and less suffering.
  • You’re able to feel peace regardless of your external circumstances. 
  • Negative emotions won't cloud your life.

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Meditation gives you clarity

It helps you clear your mind and focus on what is really important, especially during challenging and stressful times.

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Meditation makes you kinder

... because it helps you be effective with your time and attention, so you have more room to be there for others.

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Meditation keeps you focused

Our mind wanders for 47% of the day. That means we spend on average 7.5 hours unfocused.

Meditation helps you improve those numbers a bit, by learning to focus all your attention on just one thing at a time.

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Meditation makes you less dependent

... on your most addictive devices.

Disabling notifications, and setting screen time limits all help. But these solutions are external. Meditation helps you notice the impulses that lead to obsessively use technology.

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Meditation

It is a practice to control the power of thought and to cultivate more peace, clarity and happiness.

Meditation enables us to move from higher frequency brain waves to lower frequency waves, ...

5 Categories of Brain Waves

  1. Gamma State: (30 - 100Hz) The state of hyperactivity and active learning. 
  2. Beta State: (13 - 30Hz) It is associated with the alert mind state where we function for most of the day.
  3. Alpha State: (9 - 13Hz) Brain waves start to slow down out of thinking mind. We feel more calm and peaceful.
  4. Theta State: (4 - 8Hz) The verbal/thinking mind transitions to the meditative/visual mind.
  5. Delta State: (1-3 Hz) Most of us reach this final state during deep, dreamless sleep.

Breath meditation

  • Sit comfortably in your chair with your shoulders relaxed and spine tall.
  • Place your hands mindfully on your lap.
  • Try to eliminate any stimulus that may distract you.
  • Focus on your breath to slow the brain waves down from Beta or Alpha to the Theta State.

Reducing Stress

Many styles of meditation can help reduce stress.

  • In an eight-week study, a meditation style called "mindfulness meditation" reduced the inflammation response caused by stres...

Controlling Anxiety

Less stress leads to less anxiety.

Regular meditation helps reduce anxiety and anxiety-related mental health issues like social anxiety, phobias and obsessive-compulsive behaviors.

Promoting Emotional Health

Some types of meditation can improve depression and help you maintain these benefits.

  • Two studies of mindfulness meditation found decreased depression in over 4,600 adults.
  • One study found that participants experienced a long-term decrease in depression.