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10 Reasons to Practice Mindfulness Meditation Right Now!

Updated on October 6, 2016
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What is mindfulness meditation?

People meditate for different purposes, making it hard to define meditation. For instance, personally, depending on the day, I will meditate for different reasons. It may be for relaxation, to clear my mind, become more focused, more aware, or sometimes I need to meditate in order to understand to let go of the trivial things and forgive people. My approach to meditation depends on my purpose.


Mindfulness meditation is type of approach to meditation that has a specific purpose. It's all about being present in the moment- you let your thoughts come and go in the moment, being aware of them and you observe them non-judgmentally. This is a popular type of meditation that reaps many benefits that will improve your quality of life. The following has been proven empirically, when tons of research and studies done.

1. Helps to reduce "rumination"

What I mean by that is that it reduces your focus on your distress. It helps you to look at those areas of your life less judgmentally. Your thoughts start to turn in different directions. You have increased awareness in knowledge and regulation of your cognition.


2. Improves working memory

Working memory is a part of your short-term memory. It primarily deals with your perceptual and linguistic processing that you are conscious of. Mindfulness meditation enhances the capacities of your attention and your working memory.


3. Teaches you how to regulate emotion

Since mindfulness meditation reduces rumination, it's easy to understand how it helps you regulate your emotion. When you practice this type of meditation, you learn how to look at your thoughts without associating them as either "good" or "bad". Your attention is focused on your thoughts in the moment- you accept that they come, and you let them go. From this your mind figures out a better way to handle your emotions.


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4. Reduces stress

By practicing mindfulness meditation, you reduce your stress levels. It's like a domino effect. Our cognitive processes improve in regulation our emotions and through this we teach ourselves that we shouldn't sweat the small stuff. Being a college student, mindfulness has reduced my anxiety and has helped me to perform better. I actually felt much less stressed after my first meditation. I felt peaceful and completely "okay" with myself. It was wonderful.


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5. Increased focus

You are essentially learning how to focus your attention on your thoughts- not on your thoughts on the past or present, but on the thoughts that come when you're in the moment. It's the here and now. You learn how to filter out all of your anxieties, fears, things that excite you, etc- you filter these thoughts out and you channel it on different thoughts. This is an excellent exercise that improves your focus in other areas of your life.


6. Less likely to react on your emotions

You become a much calmer, level-headed person. You become less irrational and emotionally reactive. This benefit may take years of meditation to obtain- or you may see differences in just a few months. It varies from person to person.


7. Increased relationship satisfaction

You respond better to stress, learn to stop acting on your emotions that it's no wonder your relationship satisfaction can go through the roof- go figure! It's a simple equation really, a happier you = happier, more fulfilling relationships.

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8. Self-insight

You enhance your introspection, or your self-insight. You are able to withdraw from everything going on and are able to reflect on yourself. You learn about who you are and what you're like and better yourself in the process.


9. Improves IQ

Fadel Zeiden and his colleagues recently found that mindfulness improves your IQ. It helps your mood, stress and anxiety levels- so your focus can be better directed towards other thoughts. Practicing mindfulness everyday for 20 or so minutes can help your cognitive efficiency.


10. Overall improved wellbeing

You become an overall happier person- you feel more fulfilled as a person. You learn about yourself and how to handle yourself better. You have happier, more satisfying relationships. It really improves your quality of life.

Keep in mind..

  1. If you have never tried this meditation before and you'd like to try it out, it's important to realize- like anything that's good in life- you need to work hard for it. Meditation is not going to be as beneficial if you only try it out for a few days or weeks! If you're dedicated enough, you may start to notice some differences after a month of practicing meditation. Meditation will be most beneficial if you adapt it as a lifestyle change.
  2. New research shows that the meditation that's going to be most beneficial to you, is the one you like doing the most.
  3. If you really give meditation a good try, you'll find that it may be a little addictive.
  4. Don't get frustrated if it's not working immediately It took me hours and hours to learn how to get my mind to quiet down. It takes practice.

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    Katherine Sanger 4 years ago from Texas

    Great hub! I have recently become very interested in this topic, and I find it very helpful for all the reasons above. Thanks for sharing!

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    mariexotoni 4 years ago

    Thanks for reading! :)

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    Nancy Yager 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

    This is a very interesting subject. I would like to learn how to meditate.

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    Mackenzie Sage Wright 4 years ago

    Great article; mindfulness is very beneficial.

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    mariexotoni 4 years ago

    Thank you Lipnancy and WiccanSage!

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    kerlund74 3 years ago from Sweden

    Useful hub about the benefits of mindfulness. Meditation is not so easy to perform and as you mentioned it takes more than just one try.

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    Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

    Hi, Marie,

    I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed this hub. Very well-written. Clean and exacting phrases. Nice use of graphics and appearance.

    I voted Up and all of the choices, because you deserved it. You are a very-talented writer. And I respect your work.

    I left you some fan mail and became one of your followers.

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    mariexotoni 2 years ago

    What a thoughtful comment. Thank you Kenneth! I'll be sure to check out what you're doing on HubPages very soon! :) Nice to meet you.

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    Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

    Dear mariexotoni,

    Nice name.

    You are very welcome. Your writing is bound to touch and help a lot of people, so please do not quit. I am ordering you to write as much as you can. We appreciate it.

    And it was my pleasure meeting you too. I hope you will be one of my followers soon.

    Peace.

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