All of the individuals I work with must practice meditation as part of their regular coaching sessions. Why? I use it as a key cornerstone of my Mindset Programmes of Mental Reflection and Mental Redirection. Long before the advent of modern science and medicine, dedicated meditation has been used by many people as an effective technique to work on their mind, and also to provide relaxation, well-being and better health. Meditation when done properly can wipe away the day’s stress, bringing with it inner peace. The players, stars and business people I work with, must complete a daily routine of activity that includes meditation. I have read where for example Olympic steeplechaser Colleen Quigley calls meditation her “secret weapon.” Deena Kastor the American record holder, says it’s aided her performance throughout her legendary career and 2018 European marathon champion Koen Naert says he wouldn’t be where he is without it. So why are so many dedicated athletes so taken with meditation. Meditation has many benefits.
To me meditation enhances empathy by regulating positive emotions and making us more affectionate and amicable as a person. Meditation undoubtably improves cognition where studies have shown it improves the brain’s problem-solving and decision-making strategies. A huge benefit is that Meditation is a natural stress stabiliser and brain studies of regular meditators revealed that they have lower cortisol level in their brains, which explains their resilience and insightful nature. A key benefit of meditation for me is that it promotes emotional health and well-being. This is adeptly demonstrated in a large-scale study that found that regular meditation decreases the likelihood of developing depression and mood-related disorders (Jain, Walsh, Cahn, 2015). Meditation is that extra edge that helps you go the extra mile when you think you can’t. Why not incorporate it into your training regime? It just might make you a better person