Advice from Researchers on Meditation -
3 Helpful Tips
- Benefits emerge in the beginning hours, days, and weeks of meditation.
- “Other payoffs for novices are an increased ability to focus, less mind-wandering, and improved memory,” Goleman says.
- The more hours you meditate over a lifetime, the wider the array of benefits you will notice and the stronger these benefits become.
- With long-term meditators, there was a lower reactivity to stress as well as lessened inflammation.
- For those who think they can’t meditate, you may think, ‘Oh, I can’t control my mind,’ but it’s not about controlling your mind. Meditation brings discipline to the mind.
- It is important for novice meditators to have a good teacher.
- Go on a retreat where someone can guide you because the data suggests that’s when people make the most measurable progress. “Feedback from a teacher is important because you can get stuck. Even though I’ve meditated for many years, I can still improve.” Goleman says.
- A few minutes a day is better than nothing. “Ten minutes in the morning, ten at lunch and ten at night is a good way to start,” he suggests. Money worries, family issues or health problems may remain, but meditation helps many people to work towards creating an unworried mind.