If you think you don’t have time to meditate, you do; because science has found you only need a few minutes

If you think you don’t have time to meditate, you do; because science has found you only need a few minutes

Meditation. You’ve heard of it and probably tried it. It’s been suggested that it’s good for health and happiness, focus and attention.

And it’s true; it can boost ALL these things.

But despite all wanting more happiness and wellbeing and everything else, most of us struggle to find the time to meditate; and so, we don’t gain as many benefits as we could; we don’t enjoy as much happiness as we could.

You don’t, however, need that much time! This article shows how you really only need a few minutes…

via Inc.com by Nate Klemp

In spite of all the studies showing the amazing benefits of meditation, most people fail to turn this practice into a habit for one simple reason. I call it the myth of “monk-style meditation.”

It’s the myth that, if you want to become a “real meditator,” you need to seal yourself off from the world for long periods.  This myth tells you that you can’t just meditate for five or ten minutes a day. You have to do it for at least 30 minutes or an hour each day.

This myth arises from the early neuroscience research on meditation highlighting the superhuman brains of “experienced” meditators. In one such study, the average participant had around 19,000 hours (that’s about six and half years of meditating for eight hours a day).

A 2018 study conducted by researchers at Mass General and Yale University, however, shows that you don’t need to quit your job and move to a monastery in Bali to experience the benefits of meditation. Even short bursts of meditation can deliver powerful benefits.

These researchers wanted to understand whether people micro-dosing meditation (doing it for just ten minutes a day) would still experience its benefits. After running two separate studies, they found that these small doses of meditation enhance cognitive performance.

Those with no prior meditation experience who meditated for just ten minutes each day showed faster response times, greater accuracy, less distraction, and an enhanced ability to sustain attention.  As they concluded, “we tested the boundary conditions of brief mindfulness meditation, and showed that even a very small ‘dose’ can have beneficial effects in individuals with very little or no practice.”

How to micro-dose meditation

If you don’t have an hour each day to sit alone in a quiet room, then it’s worth trying this scientifically-validated micro-dosing approach.  Here’s how to do it…

…keep reading the full & original article HERE