Habit #3: Mental Stillness (Part 4 of 7)
“Perfection is not when there is no more to add, but no more to take away.” -Bruce Lee
Meditation can ease common stress from day to day, to help bring tranquility to those who practice mental stillness. Stress can make individuals tense or anxious and reduce effectiveness in the workplace or at home. It’s important to take the time to meditate when feeling worried or on edge. Meditation can restore a sense of calm to bring inner peace and help individuals become refreshed and ready for the day’s tasks. It’s important to remember that mediation can be practiced anywhere—in the waiting room, at the office, or in a park on a sunny day.
Meditation has been around for thousands of years and anyone can practice it. The practices originated from those who wanted to embrace in a deeper understanding of mystical and sacred forces. Today, common practices are meant for reducing stress and general relaxation. Consider mediation to be a form of medicine. By producing a deep state of tranquility, those who practice can better organize jumbled thoughts that may have been bottle-necking, or building-up in their mind. Meditation helps overall mental wellness to improve physical and emotional problems.
In an attempt to become calm and focused, users will find meditation is not only relaxing but a vehicle to help fight against serious issues like depression. It requires work to reach true silence and it’s important to understand this when trying to control a state of mind. According to an Oxford University survey, those with recurrent depression can benefit from mediation and modern cognitive behavior therapy. The results were published in the journal of Behavior Research and Therapy and known as mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, or MBCT.
In the study, twenty-eight people who suffered from depression (and even thoughts of suicide) were assigned into two groups. One group had been assigned to the MBCT in addition to the treatment while the other only received the basic treatment. The results concluded that the group receiving MBCT reduced major depression while the other group remained the same. The therapy included special mediation classes and taught the group how to understand their feelings that previously overwhelmed them.
For those new to mediation, there are several routes one can take in order to improve mental wellness. It can be difficult to find silence during hectic times. Try focusing on a sculpture, image or person from memory for a few minutes each day. Let the other thoughts wash away to alleviate stress. For those who have the time to be active, it’s said that jogging can help serve as a form of mediation. Any physical activity where repetition or form is vital may help relieve stress and bring about focus.