Monday, January 18, 2021

Benefits of Meditation


It has been shown in numerous studies that meditation benefits the mind and the body, often leading to far more stable health (1, 2, 3, 4, 5).

In today’s world of modern science and technological advancements, many individuals are still turning to meditation in order to accomplish certain mental and health benefits.

We all know that this relaxation technique can assist in reducing stress levels and assist in allowing us to achieve an inner peace.

However, the benefits surrounding this particular activity extend farther than just simple relaxation.

Let’s explore the physiological and psychological benefits of a consistent meditative practice.

Psychological Benefits of Meditation

The following list describes some of the many psychological benefits that you can experience through meditation:

  • If you participate in meditative activities you will find that you experience a drastic increase in anxiety.
  • Many people suffer from mild to severe depression. If you are one that does, one of the benefits of this activity is that it actually decreases the potential to experience the symptoms of depression.
  • If you go through this process you will generally have higher concentrated amounts of creativity. This is because of the activity in the brain. You will also display a higher I.Q level and the ability to reason more effectively.
  • If various types of moods that are uncomfortable are experienced, meditation can reduce the opportunity for these moods to be experienced.
  • Those that engage in meditation are often found to have higher levels of emotional intellect and stability than those that don’t.
  • This process can assist in the area of increased learning and the ability to memorize more efficiently.
  • It has been discovered that the part of the brain that is related to positive thinking and happiness is actually stimulated during meditation. This means that if you engage in this particular practice you are more likely to be happy and positive overall.

Physiological Benefits of Meditation

While meditation is largely considered to be psychologically beneficial to the individual that practices it, conclusive scientific and medical studies have determined that there are a large number of physiological, or “life processes that involve the overall functioning of the body”, benefits.

I will outline some basic biological advantages of this practice:

  • When you meditate, the heart rate is drastically reduced. This reduces and assists in complications that result from a high heart rate. One example of this type of condition is that of high blood pressure or “hypertension”.
  • When you experience meditation, the breathing is controlled. This allows for the even distribution of oxygen to all parts of the body. Oxygen can be extremely beneficial when it comes to the overall development of new cells and the proper maintenance of all of the body systems and organs.
  • When you experience meditation, the blood flow throughout the body is regulated properly. This can increase the overall effectiveness of the organs in the body, and also assist in psychological processes such as reducing the symptoms and effects of anxiety and stress.
  • Meditation reduces the potential for serious cardiovascular diseases to develop. These may include basic heart disease, angina pectoris, and even hypercholesterolemia.
  • Individuals who engage in meditation have been found to have a higher level of immunity. This means that less sickness and serious health conditions are likely to develop.
  • If you suffer from physical addictions such as drugs and alcohol, medical professionals take data that is retrieved from brain wave conduction studies in order to determine the best mode of treatment for recovery.
  • Individuals who engage in this practice have been found to have a reduction in cholesterol levels in the body.

Health Conditions Improved By Meditation

There are many different health conditions improved by meditation.

Listed below is an outline of the conditions that have experienced a positive impact when an individual meditates on a regular basis:

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Addictions
  • Disorders of Pain
  • Cancer
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Arthritis
  • Psoriasis
  • Infertility
  • Headaches
  • PMS
  • Respiratory Complications and Diseases
  • Ulcers and more…

It is not uncommon for a depressed individual who has fibromyalgia to achieve almost complete relief when practicing meditation. Physical health conditions such as high blood pressure and breathing problems may be relieved by meditating.

Furthermore, emotional problems such as mood changes, PMS, and depression may be treated to some degree with meditation.

While it has not been previously mentioned, there are spiritual benefits of meditation as well. Many meditate in order to achieve wisdom and spiritual enlightenment. Seeing that this benefit is not measurable, it is judged on an individual basis. Seeing that everyone is different, the spiritual benefits are actually quite personal.

If you want to improve your quality of life, understanding the benefits of practicing meditation and putting them into place in your life can help you do just that!

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Loretta works with clients dealing with stress in their lives. Through the use of stress management techniques and practical methods, Loretta has helped many overcome stress and live healthier, happy lives.

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