How can meditation help you with math ? 

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durbanville eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Math requires good concentration and critical thinking with an ability to analyse materials and draw conclusions, making generalizations that, if a solution works for one problem, it will most probably work for other similar problems. Good math skills also allow a learner to think abstractly and to pay attention to detail. Time management and good organization are therefore crucial to adequately developing math skills. Math is a process of accumulation and each step builds on a previously learned concept which is why a solid foundation in math is essential for a learner to be successful in math.

However, learners learn at different speeds, have diverse needs and different learning styles and this often makes it difficult to acquire all relevant concepts as and when they are taught; whether it be due to distractions, poor teaching methods, learning styles or a poorly understood concept. Accordingly, making connections at appropriate times is key to being able to master math. Meditation can help with that.

Having patience and a good attention span allows learners who otherwise become impatient and frustrated, to work on mathematical problems that may have several components. It is often not possible to give an answer immediately and many steps may be required to reach the correct conclusion. Meditation channels and directs thought processes, introducing learners to the concept of patient and considered thinking. It also has an impact on the memory, and improves the ability to recall well-learned concepts; for example, the multiplication tables; as if they are second-nature. This therefore reduces stress and frustration, clearing the mind to actually solve the problem at hand. There is no need to use up the working memory on basics.

Meditation also harnesses good breathing techniques and as it reduces stress, a learner can focus on the task rather than a need to compete with others in the completion of the task. This means that a learner, when not meditating is able to use the meditation techniques to focus and avoid unforced errors. Even the most competitive people benefit from meditation, ensuring that the end point is the goal. Being able to focus on that rather than on the capacity of others to complete the same task first means the learner manages stressful situations better- such as mathematics tests and mental skills tests. 

Meditation also avoids a need to multi-task. Multi-tasking is a valuable skill but is not useful in all instances and mediation allows for a more focused approach and for what is often called "mindfulness." The next time a complicated math problem is presented, a learner who includes meditation in his or her routine, approaches the problem with confidence and purpose and is not overwhelmed by the numbers or operations required. 

marizi eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Studies shows that if you have a good experience in learning something new,  it will be easier to harness your learning skills.  This is where the guided meditation comes into play. The meditation allows you to tap in to your subconscious mind. Since brain cannot distinguish the reality with imagination, the guided meditation, through the use of productive imagination, helps to reprogram your concept of your “learning experience” to a better one. This will form new neural pathways to be stored for future use.

To start the meditation, we undergo complete mind and body relaxation to reach the deep meditative states.  To get better in math, we may imagine practicing math computation or visualizing oneself being good in math.  The neural network created from your imagination will coordinate your immediate response.  This experience is stored in the brain and every cell of your body. It will become an intuitive response on how you will deal with math problems. This is how the images created in our minds and real life experiences help to mold us to who we are as a person.

buddycole | Student

The first step I would like to take in answering this question is going over the benefits of properly meditating.

Mindful breathing is positioning yourself in a comfortable quiet place and inhaling and exhaling slowly focusing your mind in the present starting with 5 minutes.

If you find yourself wandering just relax and try again. Once you have mastered this you will find yourself in a calmer state of mind which will help you solve problems easier.

Meditation is a resourceful way to solve problems not only in math but in life because it helps you become aware of the present and draws your mind away from the worries of future events. 

Their are so many different types of meditation. Carefully explore all of them and see which works best for you.

Guided meditation are also a great tool because the author gently guids you into a state of awareness, leading you away from negative thoughts and daily stress while helping to block distractions.

I find that after a ten minute session I can master all my complicated problems. As I watch my breathing I find myself moving along quickly during exams.

Remember the first thing you want to do is research different types of meditation and try them all at least once. The one that you find bringing your body to complete relaxation is the one you chose to do on and off during the day remembering to watch your breathing before and during a test or exam.  

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