Benefits of Meditation

Let’s talk about the benefits of Meditation for a moment:

  1. Can Reduce or lower Stress levels

Stress reduction is one of the most common reasons people try meditation.

And it lives up to its reputation for stress reduction. Various research shows us that meditation may also improve symptoms of stress-related conditions, including irritable bowel syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder and fibromyalgia. I have Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia myself and have most definitely felt the benefits of regular meditation. I would never recommend ignoring medical advice, however. Meditation goes hand in hand with both scientific and holistic treatments.

  1. Can assist in Controlling  Anxiety

Less stress results in less anxiety. Both in social, private and work life.

It can also reduce symptoms of anxiety disorders, such as phobias, social anxiety, paranoid thoughts, obsessive-compulsive behaviours and panic attacks 

Used long term, meditation can create long-lasting benefits.

For example, yoga can help people reduce anxiety. This is most likely due to benefits from the mediation practice and physical activity combined.

  1. Helps to Promote Emotional Health

Some forms of meditation can also lead to an improved self-image and a more positive outlook on life, decreasing depression.

  1. Can Enhance Self-Awareness

Some forms of meditation may help you develop a stronger understanding of yourself, helping you grow.

For example, a self-inquiry meditation (maybe something like; how do I release emotional cords that connect me to another) aims to help you develop a better understanding of yourself and how you relate to those around you.

Self-inquiry meditations can help you to grow as an individual and feel that you know yourself better. This can be a start for making other positive changes in your life.

  1. Can help Lengthen Attention Span

Focused-attention meditation is like other sport or exercises –  it’s great for your attention span. It helps increase the strength and endurance of your attention.

  1. May Reduce Age-Related Memory Loss

Improvements in attention and clarity of thinking may also help keep your mind young. Come on, we all need a bit of that! In addition to helping fight normal age-related memory loss, meditation can at the very least partially improve memory in patients with dementia. It can also help control stress and improve coping in those looking after family members with dementia.

  1. Is thought to  Generate Kindness

Some types of meditation may particularly increase positive feelings and actions toward yourself and others. Metta, a type of meditation also known as loving-kindness meditation, begins with developing kind thoughts and feelings s yourself. After practice, people learn kindness and forgiveness to others, first to friends and ultimately enemies. 

  1. May Help to Fight Addictions

Meditation helps to develop discipline and willpower. It can help you avoid triggers for unwanted emotions and urges. In turn, this can potentially help with recovery from addiction, weight loss, smoking and other unwanted habits.

  1. Can Improve Sleep

Nearly half the population will struggle with insomnia at some point in their lives. Becoming better at meditation can help you control a busy mind that leads to insomnia. It can help relax your entire body so that you’re more likely to fall asleep. 

  1. Can Help to Control Pain

Your perception of pain is connected to your state of mind, and it can be elevated in stressful conditions.  Meditation can diminish the perception of pain in the brain. This can help treat chronic pain. In my case that is definitely true when used as a supplement to medical care and Reiki.

  1. Can Decrease Blood Pressure

Meditation can also improve physical health by reducing strain on the heart. Over time, high blood pressure makes the heart work harder to pump blood, which can lead to poor heart function. High blood pressure also contributes to atherosclerosis, or narrowing of the arteries, which can lead to heart attacks and strokes. Blood pressure decreases not only during meditation but also over time in individuals who meditate regularly. This can reduce strain on the heart and arteries, helping prevent heart disease. 

The Bottom-Line, – Meditation is something everyone can do to improve their mental and emotional health.

You can do it anywhere, without special equipment or memberships.

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