Sardar M Imran

Meditation is intermittent fasting for the mind

“Too much sugar leads to a heavy body, and too many distractions lead to a heavy mind. Time spent undistracted and alone, in self-examination, journaling, meditation, resolves the unresolved and takes us from mentally fat to fit.” – Naval Ravikant

This quote puts into perspective the benefits that research is finding to be true of mindful meditation. If you have a happy, healthy, and mentally fit mind, your perception of the world will reflect that. Here’s what you can do to get started!

All of the stimulation around us (smartphones, social media, demanding jobs, the media, etc.) is causing chronic overstimulation of our brains. This is where small amounts of meditation can help. When was the last time you stepped away from a situation and took a deep breath? I’m not talking about a small and shallow breath. I’m talking about the deep breath that pushes your belly out, shoulders back, and lasts at least 5 seconds. Go ahead. Try it! This increases “positive” hormones and lowers your “stress” hormones almost instantly. Now imagine if you took 10 minutes a day to work out your mind (Just by taking DEEP breaths). It’s like going to the gym for your mind. It’s what people like Oprah Winfrey, Will Smith, and Dr. Oz swear by. I encourage you to try it for only a week. See how your ability to step back and look at the “bigger picture” of things improves, stress decreases, sleep improves, and you feel more relaxed!

Check out our friend 10-MinuteMeds on YouTube. There are guided breathing videos to get you started if you have trouble finding a rhythm at first. You don’t have to download any apps, and everything is absolutely free (With no interrupting ads)! There are also videos to help you sleep, study, improve happiness, motivation, and focus! They include soothing sounds and visuals such as Rainforests, Thunderstorms, Ocean waves, and Binaural Beats to aid you in your quest to improving yourself and your mindfulness! Good luck my friend!