We've shared some of the benefits of mediation with you before, and blogger Phil Dhingra notes another advantage: the constant flow of information in modern media seems much less overwhelming.
Meditation doesn't need to be a religious experience, as we've noted — it's just a way to slow down and focus your mind. Dhingra notes eight changes his life has experienced since mediating regularly, one of the most notable being the decline of what he calls "mind-rotting activities":
I was about to go to reddit, and then I cringed at the thought of flooding my mind with random information highs and funny pictures. After abandoning reddit, I was about to check out news sites, including the Drudge Report and the Huffington Post, and again, I cringed. The thought of those large, bold headlines hitting me with inflammatory content seemed insane. I've now come to believe that meditation is one of the best responses to modern information overload.
As someone who spends way too much time on the internet (and with a bit of stress because of it), I can't think of a better argument for giving it a shot. Hit the link to read more about meditation's benefits, and if you've given it a try since our beginner's guide, let us know what benefits you've experienced in the comments. Photo by Richard Masoner.
Eight Changes to my Life as a Result of Just Four Weeks of Daily Meditation [Philosophistry via @al3x]