How Meditation Improves Your Mental and Physical Health
Meditation improves your mental and physical health. If you are new to meditation whether as a practioner or as a person who has just begun to study meditation, or perhaps someone who knows nothing about meditation, this might be news to you. However, this is not news for people who are interested in alternative healing. There have been a lot of studies and clinical trials that have established that meditation is good for your body, mind, and emotions. In other words, meditation is highly beneficial for physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.
Based on the proven health benefits, meditation is gaining popularity among people who want to cope with stress, anxiety, and depression, as well as manage physical pain. In fact, meditation is suggested as the main solution to get away from stress related to the workplace, family, financial issues, and pain caused by various diseases. Well, meditation does not get you rid of abusive relationships or arrogant boss, or provide money to manage your life, or ease your physical pain but will surely help you cope with these issues.
Sadly, there are also a lot of people who do not pay much attention to the benefits of meditation or start disbelieving on the benefits of meditation. They begin to give up just after a couple of minutes of meditation or stop meditation even though they were doing it for a couple of weeks. Then, there are also people who point to lack of time for meditation or say they can’t continue meditation because they are too engaged with daily activities such as family life, work, etc. However, these are nothing but lame excuses.
One of the major benefits of meditation is related to emotional wellbeing. Meditation helps you gain a positive outlook on your life, also improves your positive thinking and optimism. Sadly, some prefer taking medicines on a daily basis to get relief from stress as it seems a quicker solution instead of spending time on meditation. If you meditate and make it your daily routine you don’t need anxiety pills.
There are many meditation techniques that can help you to train your mind for spiritual growth as well. In the Buddhist “language” meditation refers to the same thing as “sport” in the English language. There is a wide range of meditation forms and each one of them requires different spiritual skills.
For a person who is just starting out, it is really difficult to sit in one position for long hours. Furthermore, sitting still and trying to empty mind to gain concentration, relaxation, or perhaps spiritual heights is quite a daunting task.
One of the easiest meditation methods you can try is by concentrating on your breath or redirecting your thoughts on certain objects that you find comfortable. Focusing on a breath or object helps you to track your thoughts and stop it from running randomly.
In the beginning, it is recommended that you meditate only for a couple of minutes and after that, you can prolong your meditation sessions gradually. As time passes by, you will realize that your concentration and mental strength will get better day by day.
Practicing meditation will give you many benefits, and from the first session you will observe that you how much beneficial is meditation for you. You will feel more relaxed and a little bit drifted away from your routine life. These are the first signs that you are on the right path to meditation.
Science has already demonstrated the benefits meditation can offer. For instance, clinical trials have established that you can find inner peace and feel balanced when you meditate regularly. Other benefits include: maintained blood pressure, improved blood circulation, reduced stress, improved concentration, and improved short and long-term memory. Studies have shown that meditation helps you to develop a positive state of mind, improves healthy sleep, decreases anxiety level, reduces depression, increases mental sharpness, and helps you to control your strong emotions like anger, frustration, sadness, etc.
Numerous studies have been conducted on volunteers, and all have shown that meditation indeed leads to better health. Studies have found that meditation helps to cope drug and alcohol addiction. In some studies it was discovered that meditation helped people to control mood and stop nervous break down.
Participants of mindful meditation studies have found that meditation helped them to remember things. Participants also reported that their bodies and mind felt better after routine meditation. Upon physically examining the mind and body of these participants it was found that they were in better health.
Did you know that meditation also has an anti-aging effect? Studies have demonstrated that those who practiced meditation for 4 years and longer had longer telomeres (telomeres are placed on the end of the chromosomes, and the longer the telomeres the slower the aging process).
So, why don’t you start meditation and experience all these amazing benefits of meditation? Meditation will change you for the better.