The benefits of meditation are very powerful, and studies have already identified a number of very positive effects that meditation can have on the human mind, improved memory is one of those benefits. Meditation is a helpful tool for people trying to improve their focus and memory.
Many types of research carried out by neuroscientists have confirmed that there is a strong link between meditation practice and enhanced memory.
You don’t have to be a meditation master to practise it, anyone – children, seniors, and everyone in between – can put meditation techniques into practice and enjoy the benefits, including improved memory and ability to focus.
Focused meditation is just one of many meditation techniques. You put all your attention on a specific sound or object. Sound can be waterfall sound, raindrop sound or singing bowl sound that you can play on your phone, If you want to do a meditation on an object keep a coloured paper in front of you, light blue and pink colour objects can be very helpful for this meditation. It is one of the very powerful meditations to help you stay in the present moment, the more you are aware of the present moment the more your mind will remember things easily, it will stay in a calmer state that will help increase your memory, You can use focused mediation at any time of the day to help clear your mind. When you are distracted, stressed, or overwhelmed and forget your appointments or feel lost, you can regain your focus and attention by resting your attention on a single point. You just simply let go of your thoughts when your thoughts come back then simply be aware and let them go again, you should just become aware of your wandering mind and redirect your attention to a specific sound.
Mindfulness meditation helps you focus on the present, which can improve your concentration on other tasks in daily life. Mindfulness is a part of meditation, but it’s also something you can practise in your day-to-day life. Mindfulness, its most basic, just means paying attention. being in the present moment, be in the NOW, rather than letting your mind run elsewhere.
- For instance, when you’re eating your meal, stop yourself from thinking about the day ahead. Instead, focus on what the meal tastes like. Smell the meal, feel it, enjoy it, how it fulls your stomach. Pay attention to the pleasant colours of vegetables in your bowl or plate. Let yourself really feel each sensation.
- You can practice this technique anywhere. For instance, while you’re walking in a park, take a moment to really focus on what you’re doing. Let yourself feel the warm or cold breeze on your skin, the grass beneath your feet. Put your full attention on your legs and feet, your hands and the surroundings.
Meditation does not mean to be quiet. Some Slow, repetitive movements, such as Prayers, through yoga and tai chi, that focus on your breath can be equally effective in relaxing your mind and body.
Meditating doesn’t require a lot of your time. Simply saving a few minutes per day has been proven to reduce distractions, increase focus and help improve memory.
Candle gazing meditation is one of my favourite meditations to improve memory and give strenght to your mind, take a nice candle, set your gaze on the candle flame, without blinking or moving your eyes. Your gaze should be soft and relaxed, not forced. When your eyes get tired or become teary, take your gaze off the candle, gently close your eyes and focus on the afterimage the flame leaves in your mind. After you feel your eyes have rested, open them and try another round. In the beginning, you may feel your eyes get tired after just a few seconds but, with practice, you can slowly increase the amount of time you can focus on the flame. It is suggested that you shouldn’t practise candle gazing for more than 10 minutes at a time.
Candle gazing is essentially an exercise in concentration and the clarity that arises from this practice can make way for enhanced memory and concentration. By challenging you to set aside your thoughts and place all your attention on a candle flame, it fine-tunes your ability to concentrate and control your wandering mind. Over time, you will find it easier to set your worries aside, give rest to your overworked mind and focus completely on just one task at a time. By clearing your mind of unnecessary clutter, you will eventually experience an improvement in your memory and focus.
It is suggested you should always keep a check on yourself how you feel after your meditations. If you have any serious mental health issues, blood pressure concerns or eye problems, please always consult your doctor before starting any meditation practice.