We all want to be happy and healthy leadership mavens, and that starts with a healthier brain! Did you know that doing just one simple thing for only 5 minutes per day can change how your brain works? To optimize your mental processes, you just need to do one thing: Meditate.
As you age, your brain undergoes many changes. On a brain scan, you can expect your brain to lose a certain amount of matter over time. This shrinkage is what causes you to forget things. It is why your brain begins to slow down, making it harder to concentrate or remember. This shrinkage does not happen in leaders who Meditate.
Various studies have shown a marked change in people who meditate regularly, versus those who do not; or more accurately, a lack of change. One scientific study used brain scans over eight weeks to discover if meditation caused change in the brain. While the brains in the control group (non-meditators) got smaller, the brains of those who were meditating did not. Studies have proven that those who consistently meditate will see brain growth, reversing damage over time.
Make Meditation a Daily Practice
The style in which you meditate does not matter. But what does matter is the frequency in which you do meditate. You only need to meditate for 15-20 minutes each day for there to be a significant impact on brain health, a commitment even a busy leader can make!
While there are different exercises on how to breathe during meditation, there is no one right way to do it. The point is to concentrate on your breathing and to allow it to be natural.
Count of Four
A common breathing technique for meditation is to simply count to four, then count backward from four, all timed with your breath. You can also use different numbers, depending on your preferences but as you’ll see in this post, a count of four seems to be the common denominator. Here are the steps:
Meditation not only helps your brain grow, but it also helps your inner peace, the way you feel about yourself, your motivation levels, and can help you through many personal dysfunctions, aiding you on your professional growth journey.
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