I have been meditating for many decades. There are many advantages to meditation, and I have reaped many of them. Today, I would like to share with you some 12 Benefits of Meditation.
Most people practice meditation with the goal to attain peace of mind and to relieve stress. Along with achieving these goals, they will find many more benefits with this practice.
#1 Insomnia Relief
Many of us face stress in our lives on a daily basis. It can be stress from financial issues, from work problems, or even from friction in a relationship. All this stress can cause a person to lose sleep.
Meditation can help you to relieve insomnia. It has been observed that meditation can affect the root causes of insomnia. Thereby, eliminating the symptoms. And resulting in restful sleep.
In one of my meditation classes, I had a student who had insomnia. When she first joined my class I did not know she suffered from that. After the first session, she came back the next time, very happy to inform me that she sleep all through the night for the first time in months.
She was having insomnia because of stress from work. From that day on, she attended my meditation classes diligently. She said it has helped her get good sleep ever since.
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#2 Be More Relaxed
As you practice meditation more and more, you will find that you are able to be more relaxed. This is because when you are meditating, you practice focusing on a single thought, such as your breath.
In doing so, you practice to not let thoughts of the day’s activities interrupt your focus. You also practice to not let anything that is happening around you, or outside the meditation room, affect that focus.
You are striving for stillness and silence. And you work hard to keep focused on one thought to reach that goal.
And in doing so, you have actually practiced to not let anything outside of you affect your inner peace. This continual practice brings much peace. And you will find yourself more relaxed.
#3 Better Focus
As mentioned above, you will practice hard at focusing when you meditate. Eventually, you will find that you will be able to focus on one thing at a time very well.
When you need to, you can focus on a task or a conversation or anything. And your focus is so sharp that nothing can distract you. As a result, you will find that you will be able to absorb information easily, and have a much better memory, too.
I did my master degree in my mid 40s. When I embarked on this further education, I was concerned that I would have a hard time because of my age. I was worried that I may not have as good a memory as the younger students in my class.
To my delight, I found that I was able to absorb all the lessons easily. And my memory was really good. I did very well in my project assignments and exams. I graduated top of the cohort with first class honors.
This is my personal experience with meditation and one of its really wonderful benefits. I attribute my ability to learn easily and better memory to my meditation practice.
#4 Reduce Stress
Here is one of the best benefits of meditation for you. It can reduce the level of stress for you.
If you continues to get stress, you can suffer many physiological problems such as ulcers and even heart attack. Continuous stress also can weaken your immune system. As a result, any disease can affect your body easily.
With meditation, you can get rid of the stress the natural way. No medication required. Plus, it brings peace and harmony into your life.
#5 Improves Health
I have found that meditation can strengthen your immune system. As such, your resistance is stronger.
When others fall ill, you may find yourself able to resist the germs or virus. As such, you do not fall ill easily. This is due to the increased immunity developed from your daily meditation.
Some studies have also found that meditation can help cancer to go into remission. Some scientists have found that people who meditate are able to eradicate malignant cells as they arise.
I have experienced good health ever since I meditated decades ago. In the past, I was quite a weak boy. I often fell ill. I was especially prone to the flu and cold.
After years of meditation, I have come to realize that I rarely fall ill now. When people around me have the flu or cold, I rarely catch it. My immunity has become stronger.
#6 Weight Loss
Some people eat because they are stressed. Or when they are busy, they tend to overeat.
Regular meditation can help with this desire for food. Some people even practiced guided meditation to help them overcome compulsive or excessive eating habits.
#7 Receive Healing
Empirical research has shown that meditation can help heal different psychological and physiological disorders. For example, it can help heal psychological trauma, anxiety, stress, depression, hypertension and insomnia.
It can also improve physiological processes. These include increasing strength, maintaining blood pressure, enhancing concentration, developing self confidence, and even help to reduce panic attacks.
Everything is energy. There are energies that flow around us, into us, and within us. When you meditate, you become more relaxed. In this relaxed state, you allow these healing energies to be a part of you.
This is why many spiritual teacher, monks and nuns have exhibited healing abilities. The healing energies flow through them, and help heal the sick.
And this is not an ability unique only to spiritual or holy people. You can do it too. The energies do not discriminate. They can flow through you, and as such you can help to heal people too.
This is why those who practice healing modalities such as Reiki, can heal.
#8 Lowers Blood Pressure
In this world today, many people are rushing around and juggling many things to do within the day. This has caused stress. And many times, it has raised blood pressures.
This can be dangerous as it can result in heart attacks.
Meditation can help to reduce stress. And lower blood pressure. As a result, the probability of a heart attack is reduced.
I too live in the physical world. And there was a time when I was caught up in the rat race. Eventually, my doctor discovered that I had high blood pressure.
He prescribed medication. It did not work for me. There were times I felt so sick and giddy that I could not even stand up.
It was then that I decided not to take the medicine. Instead, I practiced meditation more. Due to my hectic work life, I had reduced, and on some days even stop, my meditation practice.
I went back to my regular meditation practice. In fact, I meditated more. After a few months, my blood pressure normalized. Til today, with regular meditation practice, my blood pressure is fine.
#9 Improves Self Esteem
In life, you will face many challenges. When a challenge is overwhelming, your self worth and confidence may take a hit. And your self esteem may be low.
Meditation helps you to develop patience. With patience, you will be able to tolerate any challenge that comes your way. As you manage, and even overcome, these challenges, your self worth and confidence increases. As such, you will have good self esteem.
#10 Improves Character
This is one of the main goals of meditation. To improve your character. To be a better human being.
Everyone has the potential to transform into a better personality. With meditation, you will be friendlier and have a more attractive personality.
As you become more patient, you will allow more time for others. You will also become more tolerant.
With patience and calm, you can deal with emergencies, and not panic. You will also be more sensitive to other people’s moods and feelings. You become a more charismatic person.
#11 Improved Mental-Emotional State
If you have any of these – anxiety, neurosis, nervousness, depression, irritability, inadequacy – it has been found that after at least six months of practice, these will be gone.
You will be calmer than before. As mentioned above, you will have a better self esteem. Plus, you will be able to solve problems better. This is because your mind is not as cluttered as before with unnecessary information.
As your thoughts are more orderly and organized, you will find your creativity and productivity improve.
#12 Spiritual Well-Being
Each of us has a spiritual side. I am not talking about being religious. Your spiritual side is the part of you that sees and connect beyond the physical realm.
Meditation improves this spiritual side of you.
You will develop compassion for all fellow human beings. You will have a greater capacity for unconditional love, too.
As your spiritual side is nourished by meditation, you will find an increased satisfaction at work, at home, at play, and anywhere. You develop this inner wholeness that fills you.
Life becomes more meaningful.
As your spiritual well-being increases, you will be able to let go.
With so many benefits to meditation, why not start practicing now?
Here is a simple breath meditation video that I prepared for you. It is a guided meditation. So, simply listen and follow.
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Wishing you an awesome life filled with abundance, love and light.