How to Achieve Mental Clarity in 15 minutes Through Mindfulness Meditation
Meditation. While it is one of the most ancient mental practices on the planet, it seems to be one of the biggest buzzwords in our world today. Countless studies have been finding new ways in which regular meditation can help improve the mind, body and spirit and some of today’s biggest organizations including big wigs like Facebook and Google actually have meditation rooms in their office.
Mindful meditation can be a great way to improve your overall quality of life, help you become less stressed, help you gain emotional stability and benefit virtually every areas of your life from your mental sharpness to your self-awareness and even your immunity. With so many benefits, it seems as though everyone should really be giving meditation a try.
However, there is a surprisingly large percentage of the population that has never tried, or considered meditation. Most of these individuals either don’t understand the mental clarity that it can bring or they think that they meditation will take too much time. There are some common misconceptions about mindful meditation, one of the major misconceptions being just how long it takes to meditate so that it has an effect.
What Does Mindful Meditation Do?
Simply put, mindful meditation is all about focusing your attention on the present moment, clearing your mind and accepting that present moment without judgment. It can help you de-stress, become more full engaged in the world around you and give you a greater capacity to deal with adversity as it comes.
Also, since you are more aware of the world around you and you have the benefit of a clear mind, you are able to enjoy life’s pleasures more as they come, and become less preoccupied with menial things like your image. Many studies have also found that those who practice mindful meditation are able to form deeper connections with others as they are less worried about themselves or their regrets and are more focused on and open to what is in front of them.
When it comes to helping you achieve mental clarity, think of meditation as a way of clearing away the clutter from your mind. It comes in and helps remove all of those pesky little things that can get in the way of your mind’s ability to stay clear and focused.
Many studies have found that mindful meditation can not only clear your mind but it can help with depression, anxiety and other disorders.
As Simple as 15 Minutes Per Day
All you really need in order to achieve mental clarity is 15 minutes per day. Think of how little that is. There are 1,440 minutes per day and all you need is 15 of them. The first and most important thing that you need to do is to make sure that you set aside these 15 minutes per day. It doesn’t matter whether it is first thing in the morning, the evening before you go to bed or if it is in the middle of the day.
One of the greatest things about meditation is that even though it has some huge effects, it really only takes a minimal amount of time, and the entire process is very easy. Here is how you do it:
- Sit comfortably in a quiet place and start focusing on your natural breath. Some people also choose to focus on a mantra or word that you repeat silently over and over again, but your main focus should simply be pulling your breath in and breathing out.
- As you begin to relax while focusing on your breath start paying attention to your body. This can include subtle sensations such as itching. Let it pass. Be aware of your whole body. Know it is there. When there is a connection between your mind and body, you are being more present.
- Release the tension in your body by taking deep breaths out and practicing total relaxation. Some meditators prefer to lay down when meditating in order to achieve the ultimate tension release. If there is tension in the body then your mind suffers.
- Sit in this silent yet aware state for 15 minutes. Every breath is purposeful yet effortless and every breath is enjoyable.
That is it. Mindful meditation is as simple as doing this for 15 minutes every day. It may seem like you are just sitting alone in silence, but before long you will start to see the mental clarity and amazing benefits that this daily action brings.