Stress is an obnoxious thing. If not managed, it can derail your career, love life, and compromise your brainpower. It saps your energy, causes you to do irrational things, and even makes you stupid. To do away with this feeling, we do all types of irrational behaviors, such as smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol, swear at our coworkers, and eat an obscene amount of junk food.
Our minds tend to spin into different emotional states throughout the day. For thousands of years, eastern traditions have recognized how the mind goes from extreme states of joy, to extreme states of sadness and worry. Monks from eastern traditions, where essentially scientist; they recognized that a wild mind could adversely affect our health. So they used meditation as a way to stay in balance throughout the day. One thing we know for sure is that stress is extremely damaging to our health. It’s estimated that somewhere around 70% of hospital visit are stress related.
One of the greatest tools for happiness and a positive state of mind is meditation, there’s a reason why it’s been used for thousands of years by eastern cultures. Over and over again in countless scientific studies, meditation has been shown to strengthen the immune system, lower blood pressure, and build strong positive emotions. I hear people saying all the time, “I would love to do meditation, but I don’t have the time.” You come home from work, and then all of the sudden your kids are telling you they need to be taken to soccer practice. So you cook them dinner and then rush them to practice. I suggest you develop a strategy of incorporating small two minute meditation’s into your life.