Meditation reduces stress better than anything else I know, it gives you some "down time" to rest physically and mentally. Most importantly, it has a very direct effect on your entire nervous system by reducing your body’s production of stress related chemicals and enhancing a calming relaxing experience.
People who meditate are less stressed, healthier, they sleep better, and they have a more positive outlook on life. Simply put, meditation makes you a happier person! It makes me be the best instructor I can possibly be in that moment and allows me to explore the intensity of a class, stress free.
I usually meditate for 15 - 20mins per day depending on the activities that I've come across during my day and class times that I've taught.
Constantly returning my mind to a place of awareness and mindfulness helps me let go of unnecessary worries and more so returns me to my breath, the most important tool when I ride and teach.
To feel comfortable sitting in silence takes time but if you’re willing and ready the process is easier. Observe where your attention leads too, make a note of it, and then return the focus to the breath. It's interesting to see where your mind races, whether it be a thought, an emotion, or, just a daily task.
Practice makes perfect but being patient with myself starting out got me through the early stages of focusing and refocusing my attention.
Everything you achieve In your life is a result on your actions, the decisions you make are completely dependent on the quality of your mind, if you have 5 minuets to spare today, try and soften your mind and free yourself from day to day stresses.