Meditating can change your life. Daily meditation can help reduce stress, release tension, relax, re-energize, and renew your mind, body, and Spirit. Stress has been known to interfere with learning but also places people at increased vulnerability to drugs or alcohol. Stress has been identified by college students as a barrier to academic performance. Daily meditation is a useful practice that promotes both mental and physical good health. Daily meditation can be done standing, seated, or laying down, and there are many different types of meditations. Daily meditation is truly a habit well worth pursuing.
Meditating is nice, but can be used for more than just relaxing. Meditation can be used to develop mindfulness which is a state of present awareness. Mindfulness can play a role in helping people reduce stress in many professions, and many mental health issues. For example, mindfulness can help people who overeat recognize when they want to overeat and lower the odds that they will. Meditation can be used for people who overeat to visualize their selves engaging in an alternative behavior in situations in which they would normally binge eat.
Mediation is a tool for self-improvement, and self-healing. There are many examples, and studies demonstrating the power of closing your eyes, relaxing and visualizing yourself doing something and improving in that area. One example involved basketball players in which the team was split into two groups, one group would physically practice shooting free throws, while the other group would visualize shooting free throws. There was also a third group which did nothing in terms of free throws. The results demonstrated that the group that physically practiced and the group that mentally practiced achieved the same results without physically practicing any free throws. Visualization is just another word for meditation, think about the advances you could make with using meditation to visualize yourself behaving in a certain way, and then actually being able to accomplish that visualization in reality. Imagine the power of using daily meditation to visualize yourself being successful in whatever life performance you are trying to be successful at, for example public speaking. Please do not take my word for it, the famous basketball player Steve Nash visualizes three successful free throw shots prior to shooting an actual free throw and he averages %90 accuracy with his free throw shooting, imagine what meditation could do for you.