Meditation has been proven scientifically to help improve the health and wellbeing of a person. In the Journal of Neuroscience 2011, the results of a University of Montreal study was published detailing four scientific facts that prove mediation can help solve problems.
#1 – Meditating for 30 minutes for four days can improve the quality in individuals suffering from physical pain.
#2 – Meditating for 30 minutes for eight weeks can increase the grey matter in your brain known as the hippocampus, which improves learning and memory.
#3 – Those who meditate regularly for a period longer than a year will find it easier to focus and make decisions.
#4 – Meditating for 20 minutes every day will help you to enjoy enhanced creativity and problem-solving skills.
Successful individuals understand how important it is to have “quiet time.” Many of them opt for meditation in different forms because it has a sense of structure compared to just sitting quietly in a room. With meditation, you have dozens of guides and materials which you can get to help you achieve the level of “quiet time” that will help solve even the most complex of problems.
Here are the steps to using meditation to solve everyday problems:
- Identify the problem. Meditation will not work if you have several everyday problems you want to solve in one session. It is best to focus on one problem at a time – usually the most urgent or the most complex. Many times we feel we have too many problems to solve, but in reality, the situation is that you have one root problem that has been compounded because of the complications that have added up over time. Therefore, try to figure out what the root problem is.
- Find a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed for at least 20 minutes. The room should also be uncluttered and clean.
- If you prefer to have background sound, select the audio you want to hear. Some of the great choices are sounds of waves on the beach, rain, and relaxing music with no lyrics.
- Sit down. Calm your mind by breathing in slowly, then release slowly. Remove all thoughts in your mind except thoughts of breathing slowly.
- Once you feel completely relaxed, think about the problem. What caused the situation? Who are the characters involved? What were their roles? What was your role? What are the possible outcomes? Make sure to collect all the facts.
- If it will help, create a Venn diagram where you draw circles and write down the names of those involved with the problem and let the circles intersect when there is any association between the characters in your problem. This will help you pinpoint the critical persons from the bystanders and nuisance critics.
- Go back to thinking about the root problem, but never try to force an answer. Allow your mind to wander; stay relaxed and give your mind a chance to come up with a solution naturally.
- Pray if no solution comes to mind. Affirm verbally and mentally that you believe you will receive the guidance to solve the problem.
The affirmation should be used to end your meditation session if no solution comes to mind. After meditation, you can seek the counsel of a trustworthy and respected mentor. Sometimes, the solution will come after meditation. It can come while you are walking down the street, eating your lunch, or while talking to someone who says a word that triggers your mind to come up with the right solution.
Most importantly, avoid pressuring yourself to find a solution. Just believe that you will be guided at the appropriate time.