Updated: Mar 4
There are many things that are important to a man, be it his fitness, his mindset and focus in business or how he handles his relationships and finances. In this article Hannah Ervin, Meditation Practioner shares why successful men meditate.
It will come as no surprise that I believe meditation is for everyone, what may interest you is that there are specific benefits for men.
If you are a man who has little understanding of what meditation is; if the mere mention of meditation immediately brings up images of monks in orange robes or of people sitting on mountains with flowers in their hair. Or if it just feels completely alien to you (that doesn't sound like me) and at odds with modern life then please read on to find out the top reasons you should set some time aside and give it a go.
Meditation gives you the opportunity to focus on one thing
Numerous studies have shown that male brains are wired to zone in on one activity at a time. They can get easily frustrated if there is too much going on (you know what I mean - too many people chattering, kids running amok, the radio on while you come up to a busy junction). If that’s something you already relate to you’ll probably find meditating suits you nicely. It can be a moment of calm during chaos. Practising meditation helps to ground you in everyday life, meaning you are able to cope with pressure a lot easier!
Meditation can help you regulate your emotions (in a positive way)
Rather than turning you into an oversensitive weepy blubbering mess, it is likely to have the opposite effect. Researchers from Michigan State University have found neural evidence that mindfulness helps to control feelings and emotions. Their study showed that meditation enabled participants to tame their negative emotions. By enabling you to start connecting and dealing with your emotions they are less likely to overtake you.
Meditating regularly can reduce conflict
If you find yourself in stressful interactions more than you would like you will almost certainly find regular meditation will reduce this. You will already be better at regulating your emotions so little irks will be less likely to bother you and less likely to escalate. You will have space to see the bigger picture and realise a more positive view of the world.
It can make you more successful
Whether you want to be more successful at work, the gym or in your private life, meditation will help you. It sharpens your thinking and lowers your blood pressure - both of which will help you increase your productivity, focus and accomplishments.
You just have to look at some of the most successful people in the world to see the impact of mediation, some of the most recognisable are Will Smith, Bill Gates and Jeff Weiner (CEO of LinkedIn). Although Bill Gates initially “didn't buy into it” his beliefs transformed once he read Andy Puddicombes book The Headspace Guide to Meditation and Mindfulness. If you are as busy and business-focused as Bill Gates you might like that he finds 10 minutes, 3 times a week his ideal.
If you like immediate results get started now. There aren’t many things you do in life where you can feel the effects in the first few minutes. On top of that practising for even just a few minutes a day will make a difference.
You can meditate for as long as you like but even a few minutes a day will make a difference.
Here is a simple meditation that focuses on breathing to get you started
Slowly breath in through your nose, fill every space in your lungs. When you can take in no more, pause your breath for the count of two, then slowly breath out. At the end of your breath pause again for another count of two.
Repeat this two more times.
Notice how your mind has relaxed, your heart rate will have calmed, and a general sense of well being.
Written by Hannah Ervin.