Have you ever felt that you almost made up your mind, but out of nowhere, a black cloud of doubt appears that seems to be unclear? Such doubts are like ripples in the water that give us a distorted reflection of ourselves and everything around us. But once the waves set in, everything becomes crystal clear.
What will you get by improving mental clarity?
You will be able to:
- Perform well in your work
- Learn and retain information for much longer
- Work on any complex problem
This will help you to:
- If you are unsure of your purpose or direction in life
- If you are stressed and struggling to relax and think clearly
- If you are looking for clarity in uncertain times
Is it possible to achieve this crystalline state of mind, or is it just a paradise for fools? Fortunately, it is possible with regular meditation practice. Meditation, a time-tested technique, is like that sign that shows you out of your jungle of thoughts. It is the invisible force that resolves the waves of doubt in your mind and gives you clarity about what you think and how you act. How can meditation transform the quality of our thoughts? What is the science behind this? We will find out in the following sections.
# 1 Meditation induces a feeling of calm
You may have encountered this Chinese proverb: “When you feel confused, grab a pillow and go to bed”. They probably knew that sleep could calm your confused mind. But, did you know that meditation can replicate this calming effect? Did you know that when in meditation, our body’s oxygen requirement decreases by 10 to 20%, which decreases only 8% during sleep? A lower need for oxygen is an indication of a feeling of calmness, which gives our body the much-needed rest. A calm mind can think more clearly than a restless mind because it is not spread all over the place.
# 2 Meditation increases your system energy
The mechanics of meditation that we discussed in the previous point shows that meditation increases our energy levels. When this happens, all doubts and confusions give way to clarity of the mind. Have you noticed that when you were sad or feeling down, it was not clear in your mind? And do you also remember being happy when you knew exactly what needed to be done? Clearing your mind of confusion is like cleaning the dust off the window. You can see and feel better when you are happy. This can happen when our energy levels are high. In this way, meditation can be your energy booster. Dust is like doubt, and a clean window is like the clarity of the mind, which will inevitably also reflect in our actions. Everything will come with a few minutes in meditation.
# 3 Meditation makes you focus
Did you notice yourself when you felt you were too focused on your job or what you were doing? In all of these moments, you were probably also very energetic. This is because your energy is not diverted to other unused thoughts. Our mind is like the RAM of a computer (the part of a computer that does all the thinking, analysis and interpretation). So, when there are many programs (thoughts) running in the background on a computer, the most important programs are slow. This is an almost perfect analogy for our scattered mind, and meditation helps to end these unwanted programs. Meditation can clear your mind of noisy and wasteful thoughts. This undoubtedly makes us clear in mind and we can work and make decisions.
# 4 Meditation improves observation, perception and expression
Do you, without a doubt, know that your eyes are your window to the outside world? Can you see clearly when you have a speck of dust in your eye? Likewise, is it possible to perceive things clearly when you have stress on your nervous system? We begin to doubt ourselves and others when our minds are enveloped in emotions of anger, hatred, jealousy, greed, fear and regret. Meditation makes us centred, and those feelings don’t bother us much.
At the same time, it improves our observation of the world inside and out. We are more receptive to how we feel and how others feel about us. When we start listening to ourselves, it becomes easier to talk about our feelings and emotions. Clearer observation means a clearer understanding of the situation, and a more apparent distinction between right and wrong, which inevitably affects our decision making.
Without a doubt, this will also improve your communication skills and make the content of your communication richer. When your perception and observation are clear, you know what to express and how to do it.
# 5 Meditation maintains clarity for longer
Although we have already understood how meditation takes the garbage out of our mind and helps us to understand, think and express clearly, it is also necessary to know how to maintain that clarity in the long run. This will come when we meditate regularly. The morning is an excellent time to meditate because there is less chaos, and we can meditate deeply. Daily meditation sustains our energy at higher levels. It also helps us maintain a perpetual state of calm, which we can otherwise quickly lose when facing difficult situations. Not only that, but meditation also keeps us grounded when we are overwhelmed by happiness. The benefits of meditation are many.
Let’s hear what one of our regular meditators has to say about meditation and the clarity of the mind:
Ivana Mihalinec, Graphic Designer, Croatia:
With meditation, I take the clouds of doubt away
It is okay to be unclear about life and the goals of life when you are young. I feel that it is because we are inexperienced, and we are still experimenting with ways. But there were times when overthinking made things worse for me. I felt my thoughts like a ball of wool caught in my head. When decisions needed to be made, I was never sure if I would make the right decision. I thought about it, again and again, I have doubts, I overthink things and, finally, when I concluded, I immediately started to doubt it. And the whole process would begin again until my brain was boiling.
My confusions and problems haunted me until I started meditating regularly. Today, I can’t imagine starting the day without meditation, which for me is the best tool to clear the mind and keep it calm, relaxed and focused, all at the same time.
5 Reasons why children need to meditate
Think a little. How often do you ask your children not to study and instead watch television? It probably never happened, did it? The reason is that you want what is best for them. And who else, besides the parents, would know what is best for their children?
You always want to give them the best of everything, be it clothes, education or food. You give them the best gifts on their birthdays and do whatever it takes to keep them happy, healthy and prosperous in their lives.
And now it’s time to give them the best gift of their lives – something they will appreciate and be thankful for a lifetime, as it will change them for the better. A simple yet very effective technique called meditation – one of the most valuable skills we can teach our children.
Did you know that regular meditation practice has many beneficial effects on our children’s emotional, mental and intellectual development? Yes, meditation helps them to be more attuned to themselves, to sleep better and to develop better social interactions. Isn’t that what you, as a parent, always dreamed and wished for your children?
So, what are you waiting for? Let’s look at the top five reasons why your kids should meditate, and how you can help them introduce this simple practice into their daily lives as early as possible!
# 1 To control the “monkey mind.”
The nature of the mind, when stressed, is to jump from thought to thought like a monkey. If there is tension, then the mind cannot be calm.
Have you ever noticed that your children are attracted to gadgets and technology, as we never had in our youth? They are challenged to think and respond more quickly than ever. They can obtain information in megabytes, play games of speed and imagination, browse, tweet, and continuously respond to online communication!
In addition to these skills, you would probably want your children to have the ability to turn their attention entirely to one thing and be able to focus on their studies. You would like them to be able to solve complex problems and see the full picture of situations.
What can we teach them so that they can have that focus?
The answer is meditation. Your children’s creativity will flow best when their minds are free from the demands of tension and stress. Meditation gives them a healthy “monkey mind” relaxation so that they can function more effectively and clearly.
# 2 To prepare for the challenges of puberty
If any of your children are already in their teens, then you probably have realized that they are experiencing powerful emotions and are easily influenced by the society around them.
Meditation gives teenagers access to a great sense of inner stability and security. This allows them to be discerning using their inner wisdom, which helps them to be more focused and more robust in the face of hormonal changes in their bodies.
# 3 To de-stress for academic success
Have you noticed that when you are entirely focused on doing something, like playing with a baby or watching a beautiful sunset, the mind is not worried, irritated or anxious? When the mind is calm, the body is relaxed, as it follows the reason. If the mind is free of tension, it works at its peak of performance, and the body becomes healthy. Isn’t that what you want for your children?
How many children do you see frowning and stressing when it comes to talking about your studies? Their shoulders bow and shrink, their eyesight becomes tense, and they begin to develop digestive and other health problems. In the ideal scenario, we all hope that our children will have the ability to progress in life, solving complex problems and thinking creatively.
Meditation provides our children with freedom from the adverse effects of stress and allows their minds to be renewed and inspired. It offers them an expansive and relaxed way of thinking that can help them be more creative and precise.
# 4 To support healthy emotional development
Are any of your children experiencing strong emotions, such as frustration and fear? It is common in the early stages of children’s development for them to throw tantrums and cry a lot. We want them to go through these phases quickly without much anguish.
Children often feel frustrated or irritated when they do not get what they want, as they have not yet learned the virtue of patience. A baby would scream and cry over a toy, while a schoolchild would resist if asked to do something he didn’t like. Technology has increased the expectation for instant solutions, which can further increase impatience in children.
Overcoming fear is another challenge for children as they grow up in this increasingly fast-paced world. Fears, such as not being accepted and not having friends, as well as the primal fears of death and of losing loved ones, can cause problems for children. Emotional stability is essential for healthy growth. These great leaders of the future will need to have the courage and emotional strength.
Meditation allows children to return to their natural rhythm and helps to deal with emotions of fear and frustration. It helps to balance the entire system, aiding emotional development and giving the mind rest so that they are not overwhelmed by their strong feelings.
# 5 To reach your full potential
Through meditation, your children can discover that there is much more potential in their lives, that tensions are short, short-lived mishaps, and that they can be successful beyond their dreams.
Today’s children will be tomorrow’s leaders, and they will need to be focused, healthy and able to think “outside the box”. The best we can do is to help and encourage them to practice meditation and access their untapped potential.