Benefits of Meditation

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Meditation Benefits

Meditation gives you the opportunity to be calm and relax your mind and body. By focusing your mind on something, for example: a candle or a visualisation script, you can free your mind of busy thoughts and help to rest your brain. Meditation has a positive impact on your health and well-being and the benefits of a meditation are no secret.

Meditation is often publicised as a habit of highly successful, happy people. It is also highly recommended for coping with stress and anxiety, and for improving general physical and mental wellness, reducing negative emotions and mood swings. Meditation reduces your heart rate, blood pressure and cholesterol, slows and deepens your breathing and relaxes your muscles, providing your body with an opportunity to revive. Longer term, continuous practise can lead you to a different view on life, bringing you more happiness, harmony and peace of mind.

There are many types of meditation and their aims may be different but they share common benefits:
  • Reduces mind chatter - Have you noticed a nattering, chattering voice in your head which seems never to leave you alone. Meditation gives you the opportunity to be calm and relax your mind and helps provide the time to take a little break and reduce your brain chatter.
  • Reduces stress and increases happiness - Stress creates agitation, which most people deal with on some level. Meditation enables you to take charge of your own nervous system and emotions to alleviate the psychological and physiological symptoms of stress.
  • Reduces anxiety and drug dependency - Anxiety in society is increasing, as is the use of anti-anxiety medications. Meditation alleviates anxiety and reduces dependency on drugs.
  • Improves focus and concentration - Meditation promotes being more centred and focused in everything you do and you find it easier not to be distracted. Greater concentration is related to the increased energy meditation provides. Improved concentration through meditation is also linked to improved working memory and an improved ability to multitask and process visual information.
  • Alleviates pain - Pain may be a reality in your life but it does not have to dictate it. Meditation can assist you in redefining your relationship with either physical or mental pain and improving the symptoms.
  • Improves sleep - Meditation gives you enhanced REM sleep and increased levels of melatonin, and can even help serious sleep problems like chronic insomnia. Meditation reduces total wake time during the night, improves relaxation before going to bed, and reduced the severity sleep problems.
  • Increases self-awareness - Meditation teaches you to recognise your own feelings and become more detached from it. It clears your mind and creates a stillness within. It makes you more comfortable in your own skin. When you take more time to go inside yourself, you become more comfortable showing others who you are.
  • Increases happiness - Meditation puts you in the fast lane to being happy. Brain signals increase in the left side of the prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for positive emotions, while activity decreases in the right side, responsible for negative emotions. Meditation helps you gain awareness of your mind, so you are aware of negative thoughts and disown them. As you become less identified with your emotions and thoughts, those thoughts lose their power.
  • Improves communication and relationships - Meditation helps you to better recognise your own emotions, and those of other people around you. You therefore more easily experience increased levels of satisfaction, closeness and acceptance of each other, reduce relationship distress and more empathy and understanding of others.
  • Increases acceptance - Meditation helps you accept things. You explore your inner self and realise that it is just as big as travelling the globe.
  • Improves cardiovascular and immune health - Meditation induces relaxation, which increases the compound nitric oxide that causes blood vessels to open up and subsequently, blood pressure to drop. Meditation also improves your immunity, reduces your heart rate and provides your body with an opportunity to revive.
  • Improves brain function and creativity - Meditation causes changes in brain waves that actually improve the brain function. You can more easily find success in your life, think more quickly to deal with problems. Meditation can help boost your divergent thinking. By doing a meditation session before a brainstorming or idea creation session, meditation helps you to be less distracted, fully focused and produce better quality ideas.


Meditation Is Not Just For Bad Times

Meditation is not useful just when you are feeling unwell or stressed. It can help you enjoy, a more wakeful, healthier, happier life. You do not have to be stressed at the moment in order to do meditation. Actually, meditation can be particularly useful to do, when you are not stressed. Once you develop your meditation skills, you can then use them more easily when you do get stressed, or life becomes a challenge.


Meditation Is Not A Quick Fix

Meditation is not a quick fix. Part of meditation practice, is being willing to let go of instant solutions. However, if you are motivated, a fresh outlook on things can start to emerge. It can extend, to the whole of your life. When you start practising meditation, you are embarking on a journey that can help you, to live more fully, and to really be alive.


Who Can Practice Meditation

There are many types of meditation, most requiring only mental abilities and are suitable for everyone. However, some types of meditation may require the use of physical physical postures and therefore are may not be suitable for some people. Mindfulness meditation requires only mental abilities so anyone can do it, no matter how old you are or what your physical ability is. Everyone already has the ability to be fully present in the moment and you are not required to change who you are.

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