Why Meditation Is Not Just Hype
Although the brain isn’t a true muscle, it should be thought of - and treated - as one. Like with any muscle, to keep your mind fit, healthy and working properly, you should give it exercise, as you would the rest of your body. This exercise doesn’t include lifting weights or protein shakes, and in fact, all you require is a quiet and peaceful surrounding.
The practice of meditation has been around since the dawn of time. In fact, the oldest documented evidence of the practice can be seen on wall art in India, dating from approximately 5,000 to 3,500 BCE, and shows people seated in meditative postures, with half-closed eyes. It’s a practice that has been talked about millions of times over, in just about every culture of the world.
In the past, meditation was seen as somewhat of an unconventional practice used by certain religions, hippies and other unorthodox groups as a part of their beliefs. Fast forward to modern times, meditation is practiced by some of the world's biggest CEOs and entrepreneurs in their everyday routines to make sure they start the day with a clear and focused mind.
The beauty of meditation is that its benefits will differ for each practicing individual, it is not a one size fits all kind of thing. A study showed that nearly 18 million adults practice meditation regularly, thanks to more research showing that mindfulness and body practices like mediation can help people manage things such as pain, emotions and anxiety, along with many aspects of your personal life.
Not convinced yet? Our founder, Kash Armini, gives his insight and guidance on how meditation is not only beneficial to his mental wellbeing but to other aspects of his life, such as goal planning and financial wellbeing.
Kash Armini, MasLife CEO: Create your own happiness, success will follow
As Roman Philosopher Marcus Aurelius said, “The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.” The age-old story here presents a theory that, if we are successful then we will be happy. If we get that new job or promotion and lose that 10 pounds, happiness will follow. Contrary to what some may believe, what if it is actually happiness that creates success — not the other way around? I think most of us can testify that success is not handed on a silver platter with a side dish of happiness, and actually, I believe that the best chance of achieving both, must come from having a clear mind.
This happiness-first approach to achieving success also aligns with the beliefs of a TED speaker and positive psychologist, Shawn Achor. In his book - The Happiness Advantage - he demonstrates that the key to success starts with a happy and positive mind.
I have found over the years that meditation is one of the best exercises to do on a daily basis to improve happiness. The tranquillity and peacefulness helps provide a boost, bringing feelings of happiness and also helping with motivation and a positive state of mind. The right combination to lead to success.
Tips from our Founder
If you have made it this far, you might be thinking, I get it but I’m not sure this will work. How can closing my eyes and taking deep breaths for 30 minutes in a quiet room give me all the clarity and happiness stated above?
My question to you is, what do you have to lose giving it a try? Here are a few of my tips to you:
- Wake up 30 minutes earlier than you normally do - morning time gives you the best internal connection as you won’t have had time for the craziness of life to have made an impact yet.
- Find a quiet place in the house, by a window or a cozy corner, and just let your mind be still. People do find this hard to start with but a good starting point is to focus on your breathing and not your worries.
- Gratitude is a key part in meditation, and in fact, a great thing to recognise daily irrespective of meditation. Some days are harder than others to focus on the positives but, as a very basic starting point, just being grateful that you were able to wake up another day and have the ability to change your life is often enough.
- Set boundaries. This goes for every aspect of your life, work and personal. Meditation will give you a clear mind to see who and what were overstepping your boundaries that perhaps you might not have been able to notice before.
- Strive to be the best version of yourself. With clear thoughts come happier thoughts leading to a happier you.
- Consider starting with a five-minute guided meditation. This is a perfect starting period of time for beginners, you might be surprised at the results. As your mindfulness practice improves, you might want to look at longer guided times.
At MasLife, we believe that there is a powerful connection between our health and success. We have built a product which combines the best of wellbeing and financial goals. MasLife app has all the features of a premium fintech and it also allows you to set up healthy goals for daily steps or guided meditation. Try and follow the footsteps of some of the world’s biggest philosophers and founders. Start looking after your mind and wellbeing and let MasLife help you achieve your goals.
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