Meditation: A Keystone Habit

Meditation is a simple technique to help us grow a better mindset.

Keystone habits lead to the development of multiple good habits. They start a chain effect in your life that produces a number of positive outcomes. We believe that meditating every day can be your keystone habit. Meditation is all about focusing on our breaths and developing self-awareness. We can increase concentration, clarity, emotional positivity, and a calm seeing of the true nature
of things through meditation practice. Even 10 minutes a day can be influential.

Why is Breathing Fundamental?

Focusing on your inhalation and exhalation can help reduce undesired distractions during meditation. Feeling the air as it enters your nostrils, filling your chest and abdomen, and release.


The big secret of meditation is it gets you to a state where your mind is relaxed and alert at the same time. When your attention and meta-attention both become strong, your mind becomes increasingly focused and stable, but in a way that is relaxing. 

Deep breaths are impactful because they help your mind to focus.

How Does Meditation Benefit Us?

When we do meditation,
our mind not only becomes calm, it also becomes sharp.

When we become calmer, we become more aware of the situation we are in, which is also called mindfulness. We reduce stress and gain more positive thinking, improving empathy through the meditation practice.

 

On the other hand, from a scientific perspective, meditation has proven to physically change our brain shape and size. Studies found that after 8 weeks of a meditation practice, gray matter was denser in areas associated with learning, memory processing, and emotional regulation. That is, we can improve memory function, concentration skills, and emotional intelligence. The massive benefits of meditation only come when you make it into a habit!

 

 

What Does it Mean to Be Mindful?

Mindfulness means giving full attention to only your present thoughts, feelings, and sensations.

Mindfulness also involves non-judgment, meaning that you pay attention to your thoughts and feelings with the attitude of an impartial witness—without believing them or taking them personally. When you become more self-aware, we instinctively begin to see aspects of your personality and behavior that you didn’t notice before. 

Meditation is a Skill

Learning to meditate is like learning any other skill.

Think of it like exercising a muscle that you’ve never really worked out before. It takes consistent practice to get comfortable. Taking 10 minutes a day is way better than meditating 30 minutes once in a month. Your mindset is trainable through a regular meditation practice. Soon you will notice more opportunities for self-improvement from the meditation habit that you’re forming.

© 2018 BreatheIn. MFA thesis project by Annie Wei-Hsin Lo