AT the start of the year no doubt you saw plenty of quotes on social media along the lines of… “New Year New Decade”and “2020 is the year for me!”. Well we’ve now slipped into February, and it’s only you that know if those statements are holding up to be true. We all know that we are the masters of our own fate and therefore if meditation hasn’t made it onto your list to learn in 2020, Luke McLeod, the founder of the world’s first live streamed meditation service, Soul Alive, has suggested some reasons as to why it needs to be added straight away.
Check out 5 reasons to start meditating below, and if you’re in Sydney come along to Luke’s workshop/day retreat on Feb 16th.
1. Meditation can improve your focus
In a competing digital world of 15 second video clips that we’ve now found ourselves in, it’s no wonder our ability to concentrate has taken a battering. In the most extensive longitudinal study to date on how meditation improves your ability to focus it was concluded that “intensive and continued meditation practice is associated with enduring improvements in sustained attention,” Anthony Zanesco, psychologist at the University of Miami, said from leading the seven-year study.
2. It lowers blood pressure
A study on the practice of Transcendental Meditation and the effects on blood pressure showed that there was approximately reductions of 4.7 mm systolic blood pressure and 3.2 mm diastolic blood pressure. This is a significant impact and can also lessen the reliance on prescribed blood pressure medication.
3. It’ll help improve sleep
Neurochemical melatonin is critical to the falling asleep process. Produced in the brain, melatonin is a hormone whose levels peak just before bedtime, ensuring you get a night of deep, restful sleep.
Rutgers University researchers discovered that melatonin levels in meditation practitioners were boosted by an average of 98%!
4. Mediation builds muscle
A four month study done with a group of bodybuilding males where they meditated for 10-minutes after their workout showed it lowered their cortisol levels and increased their GH (Growth Hormone) levels. Which are both essential elements to muscle growth.
5. Boost your overall appreciation for life
Lastly, meditation can simply help you live a happier life and who doesn’t want that? A study lead by Neuroscientist Sarah Lazar showed that meditation shrinks the portion of your brain called the “amygdala.” This is the section of your mind which controls fearfulness and anxiety, so the smaller it is, the happier you’ll be as a whole.
If you would like help in learning how to meditate, Soul Alive is an online meditation service where you can attend live-streamed meditation classes from the comfort of your own home.
Meet Luke and learn more at the Sydney Workshop/Day Retreat.
The Soul Alive Workshop/Retreat will be taking place on Sunday the 16th of February from 1pm – 6pm at The Sebel in Manly
This will give you you a little escape experience to reset your mind, body & soul. Luke will teach you how to meditate in an easy and enjoyable way as well as provide you with a set of guiding life principles and a framework to help deal with life’s challenges (stress, overwhelm & anxiety).
Here’s to a wonderful 2020!
About Luke McLeod
Luke is the founder of the first live-streamed meditation service Soul Alive which aims to bring a little more calmness and confidence into the world in an easy & authentic manner.
For the last 10 years, Luke has immersed himself in the study and practice of meditation & mindfulness.
In this time he established the Soul Society, a growing community where people come together to relax, reset and connect. Soul Alive is his latest venture.
Luke’s guided meditations have been embraced by thousands all around the world and has worked closely with the likes of AMEX, KPMG & Lululemon.