Meditation can be defined as a technique or method that encourage a heightened state of awareness and focused attention. Meditation is also a consciousness-changing technique that has been shown to have a wide number of benefits on physical and psychological well-being. Benefits such as decreased physical pain, decreased stress, depression and anxiety, provides a sense of calm, peace and balance, increases blood flow and decreases heart rate. All of this is backed by medical science!
How does it work? Well I'm so glad you asked. As with acquiring any new skill, what the brain is doing is changing its local wiring, changing the details of how the machinery for those new behaviors is connected. It's also changing itself in other physical, chemical, and functional ways. Those changes account for the improvement or acquisition of any ability.
So what is so intimidating about meditation? The most common complaint I hear is, "I can't clear my mind". Good news, you don't have to clear your mind. Meditation is about letting thoughts flow through, like watching clouds floating by, or focus on an object without staring hard at it.
An easy way to begin is with a short, guided meditation. There are many, many guided meditations on YouTube. Find one that is the length you want and a voice that sounds pleasing to you. Put yourself in a comfortable seat, the floor or a chair, in a quiet, comfortable space, and open your mind to the recording.
While consistency is key, as with any self care routine, meditation does have a cumulative effect so if you miss a day or two you're still good.
You can thank me later.