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How Meditation Impacts The Way We Learn?

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PhD - Yoga, M.Phil - Psychology, MSc - Psychotherapy And Counselling, Post graduate diploma in Psychological Counselling, BSc
Psychologist, Kolkata  •  36 years experience
How Meditation Impacts The Way We Learn?

In the simplest form, meditation can be understood as the training of one’s mind. The life we are living today is fast and stressful where we cannot, for a single moment, feel calm or at peace. We fail to train our minds according to our wish but this is what meditation is for. It does not only train one’s mind but the body too and gradually improves one’s overall health. Meditation does not only include mind training but can also be used to improve many other aspects like learning, health, sleep, concentration, etc.

Meditation is a brain exercise that activates and improves one’s cognitive abilities. There are various techniques of meditation depending upon the need of an individual like concentration and mindfulness meditation. Meditation is a simple exercise of mind and needs to be worked upon. No one can attain the goals of meditation without required efforts but once it is achieved, one can see the changes in their physical and mental health. It has proven its advantages. Nowadays, many schools and colleges have made it compulsory in their curriculum to help the students relieve and deal with their stress. Meditation should be practised by everyone as it helps in many ways such as relaxation, controlling blood pressure, better blood circulation, improved sleep cycle, better respiratory system, and balanced weight.

Meditation for Learning

Neuroscience has recognized meditation as the best training to flex one’s cerebral cortex that is designed for processing like thinking, understanding, perceiving, and producing. A trained cerebral cortex can help an individual grow and improve in a much better way irrespective of their age. Meditation is beneficial for learning as it helps in building concentration and relieves stress that has become really common in students these days. Lack of focus and concentration is another obstacle for learning. It also helps an individual to improve one’s skills.

Advantages

There are various advantages of Meditation due to which it is highly recognized by neuroscience as well. As the lives of the students are not as simple as they look, meditation can help them clear their thoughts and learn in a much better way.

● Relaxation

● Stress relief

● Controls blood pressure

● Whole-brain synchronization

● Improves focus and concentration

● Acts as anti-anxiety

● Acts as anti-depression

● Peace of mind

● Consciousness

● Improves memory

● Improved skills and abilities

● Self-discipline

● Acts as an anti-addiction technique

● Reduces anger or rage

● Bring positivity

● Improves immunity

Techniques of Meditation for Learning

● Mindfulness Meditation helps an individual to control one’s thoughts and emotions that are wandering in his/ her mind. It can include exercises related to breathing practice, body relaxation, and many more.

● Concentration Meditation helps learners to improve their concentration by focusing on a particular object or point that they choose to concentrate upon. It can include exercises related to a breathing pattern, repeating a particular word, staring at something like candle or ceiling, etc.

● Walking Meditation where one walks slowly, taking small steps without any exaggeration. This helps to reduce stress and sleep cycle, acting as an anti- depressant.

Takeaway

Meditation nowadays has become quite a common concept that people are incorporating in their lives. It provides one with the peace of mind and a healthy body that help him/her grow in this stressed life. Students can use meditation to help improve their learning habits and abilities and it also sculpts them into better and disciplined human beings. The benefits of meditation cannot be seen in a few days or months, it is a technique that requires practice and time. Once an individual knows how to control his/ her thoughts and concentration, it becomes easy for him/ her to stop meaningless thoughts that invade the peace of mind. Meditation is useful for every age group as it ensures good health and calm mind.

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