Wisdom is considered a human trait formed over time through advanced cognitive and emotional development. It is a higher level than knowledge and implies self-awareness, understanding and a sense of morality; Qualities that can be achieved through consistent meditation.
The quality and depth of our sleep often exceed the amount of hours we spend in bed. Feeling sleepy throughout the day can be a sign that we are not getting enough sleep. Meditation can improve our nervous system and cognitive processes related to stress and arousal, resulting in a better night's sleep.
Stress and the challenges of life can make it difficult to "turn off", which can lead to the interruption of our sleep patterns. Worrying about having a good night's sleep only perpetuates the cycle. Meditation helps calm a busy mind and an overstimulated nervous system.
Fear is a sign of danger and can trigger physical and neurological responses. Often a cycle of stress, worry and anxiety arises. Regular meditation reduces these effects, improving the amygdala (the "fight or flight" center of the brain), ensuring that we are less reactive and can distinguish between levels of threat.
Grief is the heart's natural response to loss. Associated with pain and sadness, it can often be overwhelming. Meditation can help by recognizing and eventually accepting the loss.
Meditation extends our ability to give and receive love. Being self-fulfilled, open and fully present can improve our ability to be there for others. The self-sufficiency and inner happiness that is obtained through meditation radiates to others with love and positivity.
Mental attachments can overwhelm us. Through meditation we can relax and let go of our attachments. Consistent meditation helps the mind accept the reality of experience without the need to find comfort and happiness from external things.
Intuition is the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning. Meditation can improve the mind and create a mental state where this innate ability develops and strengthens.
Meditation helps to raise levels of happiness, reconfiguring neural pathways to experience a deeper and lasting satisfaction. Meditation also stimulates the production of 'happiness hormones': serotonin, dopamine and melatonin, all related to positive moods and relaxation.
Emotional balance is the ability of the mind and body to maintain balance despite periods of stress. Overwhelming emotions can dominate our mental state, affecting our ability to maintain perspective. Meditation helps control strong emotions and help us feel more connected to the earth.
Gratitude is a feeling of happiness that comes from appreciation. A deeper appreciation of someone (or something) can produce a more lasting positivity. Focusing consciously on gratitude during meditation can lead to greater emotional well-being and physical health.
Freedom from ignorance and deception allows us to cultivate true perception through meditation, weakening and finally uprooting the influences of the mind, which leads to Enlightenment.
The inability to forgive unites us to the past. Clinging to resentment and guilt can cause our minds to be filled with harmful emotions, which may prevent us from living in the present. Meditation can help to relive the pain brought to ourselves and others, resulting in inner peace.
Meditation increases connectivity within the brain networks that control attention. Meditation practices help maintain attention and disconnect from distraction, strengthening our ability to stay focused.
We are at our best when we are in a state of conscious relaxation, where our actions become effortless and fluid as the ego calms down, creating a sense of stillness and peace.
Emotions are our way of feeling and responding to the world. Meditation opens a space in our mind where we see and feel objectively. From this place we learn to recognize and accept difficult emotions by dealing with them in a healthy way.
Meditation opens a way to connect with the Divine within us. Meditation help integrate the mental, physical and spiritual aspects of ourselves to create a state of peace, harmony and balance.
It has been shown that meditation decreases ruminant thinking, which means repeatedly reviewing a thought or problem. It also helps reduce dysfunctional beliefs that affect people struggling with depression. These practices offer a source of compassion, support and understanding.
Anxiety is the way our body prepares for a "fight or flight" response. It is usually triggered by perceived future events, many of which do not happen. A regular daily meditation practice can help people who suffer from anxiety to concentrate on staying in the present moment and seeing situations as they are.
Recovery from addiction is a challenging process that affects our bodies and minds. Recovery can impair thinking while the mind adapts to life without substance abuse. Meditation can be used as a tool to help control emotions and increase mental clarity.
The greater focus, patience and clarity that comes from regular meditation encourages divergent thinking, which is a key component of creativity. It is a way to release old ideas and thought patterns that no longer serve you, and opens a portal for new ones.
Feeling connected with others is a fundamental psychological need. Meditation can foster feelings of closeness and kindness, which can result in an increase in happiness. People who feel more connected to other people have lower levels of anxiety and depression.
Meditation increases the flow of blood to the brain, calming an overactive mind. When the occupied mind is reduced, it is possible to bring the consciousness inward, helping to focus more clearly.
The cultivation of positive emotions during meditation can increase our ability to emphasize with others. The practice of meditation can increase our capacity for response and motivation to alleviate the suffering of others.
We have around 60,000 thoughts per day. Meditation is an effective way to clear the mind, resulting in the ability to make quick and firm decisions. The goal is to stop thinking, so that our connection nourishes and illuminates our brain, establishing clarity in our ideas.
"Awakening" is coming out of the identification with the thought making itself present. It is a change in consciousness where thought is silenced to listen to our conscience.
The impulse of authenticity is intrinsic to human nature. Meditation can help us recognize our unique place in the world by focusing our attention inward without the distraction of thoughts or impulses. It can help us connect with our true selves and act from a place of integrity.
Accepting means consciously allowing things to be the way they are. It implies letting go of the desire to protest and make the change. Meditation helps to recognize feelings in the present moment and see experiences with more compassion.
A mentality of abundance opens us to new possibilities and leads us to creativity. By contract, a mentality based on scarcity is restrictive, which can make us feel anxious and fearful. Meditation and the use of affirmations help to change the mentality from scarcity to abundance.