Meditation can be tough. And it’s even tougher when we can’t stop wondering whether it’s worth all the hassle.
When will I start feeling the results? What’s the point of all this? Does meditation even work?
Well, this interview with meditation expert, Emily Fletcher, might help shed some light on why you aren’t seeing the results you want from your practice.
Emily Fletcher is the Founder of Ziva Meditation and has trained teams at Google and Harvard on what meditation really means in the modern world.
In this video, she answers the ever-prevalent question, “does meditation work?” and shares how to build a powerful meditation practice that will actually help you succeed.
Why Do We Meditate?
We meditate to get good at life, not to get good at meditation.
—Emily Fletcher, Author of Mindvalley’s The M Word Program
Meditative practice just for the sake of it doesn’t often yield impressive results.
But that’s because we’re approaching meditation with the wrong expectations.
When we sit down to meditate and expect something revelatory to happen, we’re disappointed. When we sit down to meditate and expect a feeling of calm, we feel frustrated when we can’t clear our mind.
But Emily reveals that “clearing the mind” really doesn’t have much to do with meditative practice.
A daily meditative practice can be easy to implement if you use the right tools.
And in this exclusive interview, Emily reveals the indispensable tools we can use to make meditation a part of our daily lives.
Does Meditation Work?
There’s been plenty of research conducted to explore the effects of meditation.
But has meditation been proven to work? How long does it take for meditation to be effective?
Does meditation work? And if it does, does meditation work for everyone?
Well, let’s take a look at how meditation affects the brain.
What effect does meditation have on the brain?
Meditation isn’t just good for your brain. It actually has the ability to change the physical structure of your brain.
This is called neuroplasticity.
Meditation literally reduces the amount of gray matter present in the amygdala — the fear and stress response center of the brain.
And while its reduces the power and reactivity of this primal brain center, meditation also strengthens a different part of the brain: the pre-frontal cortex.
With regular meditation practice, the higher thinking processing center of the brain, the pre-frontal cortex, is strengthened.
How long does it take for meditation to be effective?
Numerous studies have proven the effects of meditation.
But how long do you need to meditate for these effects to occur?
Well, some studies suggest a daily 10-minute meditation practice for at least eight weeks is necessary to see changes in brain physiology.
But in terms of how long it takes for meditation to impact how you feel?
Well, in many cases, the results are rapid.
Many practitioners report feeling a difference after their very first session. For others, it takes some more practice.
Meditation does work. But you have to actually do it.
And this is precisely what Emily Fletcher discusses in the video above.
So, if meditation works, and its effects have been scientifically studied and proven, this begs the question:
Why aren’t we meditating?
3 things that stop us from meditating
Did you know that only 8% of the US population meditates on a daily basis? But that almost all adults have tried meditation at least once in their lives?
If almost everyone has tried it, but only 8% of the population is keeping up with the practice, what’s gone wrong?
Why are we having so much difficulty sticking with regular meditative practice?
Well, Vishen identifies three key factors that keep us from meditating on a regular basis:
- Meditation is boring
- We don’t have time for it
- We can’t clear our minds
These three things keep us from experiencing the benefits of meditation: benefits that can only be gained from a regular, long-term practice.
So, what do we do? Emily Fletcher has the answer in the video above.
In the interview with Vishen above, Emily shares…
- Why clearing your mind has nothing to do with meditating
- Why top performers don’t go a day without their practice
- What the difference is between meditating like a monk and modern meditation
- The science behind why meditation gives you a deeper rest than sleep and reduces aging
- And how you can use meditation to perform better in every area of life
Stress less and accomplish more
For more in integrating a regular meditative practice into your life, check out Emily’s new book: Stress Less, Accomplish More: Meditation for Extraordinary Performance.
It’s an amazing guide for everyone who wants to improve their relationships, level up at work, or heal themselves.
This is not just another meditation book.
In Stress Less, Accomplish More, Emily teaches a powerful trifecta of mindfulness, meditation, and manifesting to improve your personal and professional performance, clarity, health, and sleep.
You’ll learn how to cultivate mindfulness through brief but powerful exercises that will help you stop wasting time stressing.
Plus, you’ll get manifesting tools to help you get crystal clear on your personal and professional goals for the future.
What’s your biggest motivation to get better at meditating? Share it with us in a comment below.