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This Is What Will Happen To You When You Do Meditation

This Is What Will Happen To You When You Do Meditation

The practice of sitting by yourself in total silence, legs crossed, eyes shut, palms facing upward, reflecting and being fully aware and in sync with yourself and your surroundings may not sound so appealing to some people. In fact, it might seem pretty painful, boring and useless. But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

Meditation, like everything else worth doing, can be uncomfortable at first. But, it gets easier with practice. By cultivating this one small habit of doing meditation daily, you’ll experiencing tremendous benefits.

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1. You’ll gain inner peace and knowledge of self

In our ever busy and fast paced modern lifestyles, nothing beats getting some quiet moments – slowing down and just being in the present moment. Meditation is about turning off the frenzy and chatter that creates stress and anxiety in our lives. It’s about breathing, reflecting and letting go. By meditating on a daily basis you’ll clear your mind, expel the negative vibe, improve your mood, relax and ultimately experience deeper inner peace. You’ll be less bothered by little things because through meditation you gain a better understanding of your inner self and life’s purpose.

2. You’ll be happier and more productive.

Let nobody fool you that accumulating all the external goodies in the world like cars, mansions and yachts will make you truly happy. Happiness comes from the inside out.  Meditation enables you to reach inside and center yourself on what truly matters—what truly makes you happy. And when you know yourself and what makes you tick, everything is clear. You can pursue the things that truly matter and be truly happy. The mansions and yacht, if they come, only enhance your deep inner peace and joy.

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3. You’ll be more loving and caring

Meditation interventions like Loving Kindness (Metta) Meditation generate and project loving and positive feelings and energy into the universe. That means you’ll be sending more love, understanding and compassion to everyone around you, including family, friends, yourself and even strangers. Even a brief meditation session is good for you because it makes people 50% more compassionate, according to a study by Northeastern University College of Science. The best thing about it all is that our energy and actions are like boomerangs. If you show a little more love and care, you’ll get a little more love and care also. A win-win situation for everyone.

4. You’ll be more confident and self-assured

There’s something about meditation that just makes you more confident. While I may not have empirical evidence to support this, you can bet that you’ll be more confident and assured as a result of doing meditation daily. After all, you’ll know yourself better and what makes you tick. You’ll see the world in a positive light and consequently see yourself in a positive way too. You’ll discover that there is a place in this world where you fit, just as you are. That’ll make you love yourself just for being you. Ultimately, you’ll not feel the need to pretend to be what you think others want you to be. You’ll just be yourself. Oh, it’s such a wonderful feeling to be your true self.

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5. You’ll be smarter and more focused

Practicing as little as one 15-minute focused breathing meditation can get you out of your head, de-bias your brain and help you think more clearly. That was found to be true by an eye-opening UCLA study published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. The 2012 study showed that long-term meditators have larger amounts of gyrification, or folding of the brain’s cortex, than people who don’t meditate. The extra folds may allow the meditators to process information faster, be more focused and avoid dwelling too much on past events. That’s great news for meditators.

6. You’ll be more resilient to stress, pain and setbacks

When things don’t go your way (and they will not go your way sometimes because that’s the nature of life), you’ll be more adept to handling the pain and hurt of the situation. That’s because meditation improves people’s moods, perspectives and attitudes. You feel you can actually get through any challenge that comes your way when you do meditation. Even when it comes to physical pain, studies show just 80 minutes of mindful meditation can cut pain perception nearly in half compared with non-meditators.

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7. You’ll be more creative and attractive

The two main factors that determine levels of creativity are: divergent thinking (coming up with lots of ideas) and convergent thinking (solidifying those ideas into one brilliant concept.) Researchers at Leiden University led by Cognitive psychologist Lorenza Colzato studied the effects of two different types of meditation practices on divergent and convergent thinking. They concluded that meditation significantly improves both divergent and convergent thinking. And we all know smart, creative people are the most attractive people you can meet. You’ll be both smart and incredibly attractive by doing meditation.

8. You’ll have enhanced sexual experiences

Researchers have found that one of the biggest impediments to women enjoying the full sexual experience is self-judgmental chatter that often fills a woman’s mind during sex. Meditation training – where a person learns how to bring thoughts into the present moment – can enhance a woman’s sexual experience by quieting the chatter. Men’s sexual experience obviously also benefits as a result. Interestingly, college women who do meditation are quicker to become aroused when viewing erotic photos compared with non-meditating women.

9. You’ll slow the progression of age-related cognitive disorders

A pilot study led by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center suggests that the positive brain changes associated with meditation like stress reduction and anxiety alleviation may be the answer for slowing the progression of age-related cognitive disorders like Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia. What’s even more revealing is that patients who took part in mindfulness-based meditation reported higher levels of well-being, which incidentally also helps with improved cognitive function.

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David K. William

David is a publisher and entrepreneur who tries to help professionals grow their business and careers, and gives advice for entrepreneurs.

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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