Before we begin discussing the benefits of meditation, let us first try to have a basic understanding of meditation.
What is Mediation?
Meditation is an ancient technique that has been practiced for several thousands of years. Earlier during the ancient period, it was used as a mechanism to connect the self with divine power and to have a deeper perspective over the sacred energies and mystical forces of life. However, these days it’s just used as a mechanism to reduce stress in life.
Meditation is often a confused and misinterpreted term. You might have heard people saying that meditation is all about focusing your attention on a single thought, making it more complicated and difficult to practice. You’ll be surprised to know that mediation is simple, effective and it surely doesn’t require any equipment or sources to practice it.
The reason why we say meditation is simple is for the fact that it’s about relaxation. You just have to relax during the meditation. It is not about focus or concentration, it is, in fact, a procedure of de-concentration. Isn’t that easy?
It’s not about focussing or driving your attention to a specific thought, rather it’s getting into a state where your mind has no thoughts. Getting into such a state of mind that is calm and devoid of any thoughts is called meditation.
Benefits of Meditation:
Practicing meditation regularly has numerous health benefits, physically, mentally and spiritually. From calming the mind and relaxation to improved focus and clarity, meditation is an ultimate remedy to all modern problems. Therefore, let’s look at some of the benefits of meditation.
Relaxes the mind:
A relaxed, calm and composed mind is a sign of a healthy mind and such a state of mind enables you to take effective decisions in your life. Practicing meditation relaxes your mind from day-to-day stress and gives you a healthy state of mind that is essential to deal with your day to day activities, events, tasks in your life.
Anxiety is a mental illness causing intense and persistent worry about day-to-day situations. Practicing meditation regularly helps you slow down your thoughts giving you mental peace. Such continues and regular sessions of Meditation relieves stress, fear, and anxiety. This, in turn, rewires your brain to break the chain of excessive emotional drain caused by persistent worries and fears developed over a period of time.
Clarity in thoughts and improved focus:
Practicing meditation not only calms your mind but it relieves the tension in the body, thereby making you self-aware. This, in turn, gives you clarity on what you are, and what you want to accomplish in life. And, when you are aware of yourself, you will have an opportunity to divert your focus and attention to what you want to accomplish in your life.
It improves your memory:
There have been numerous researches conducted that shows a direct link between meditation and improved memory. One such study organized by Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Journal cites, “Meditation training can enhance various cognitive processes, such emotional regulation, executive control, and attention, particularly sustained attention.” Practicing meditation over the period of time improves both major long term memory and short term memory storage centers, which are termed as Hippocampus and the frontal brain lobe. These storage centers get activated during meditation thereby improving your memory.
Relieves you from several diseases:
Stress is one of the contributing factors for several diseases. Practicing meditation consistently relieves you from the following diseases:
- Lowers High blood pressure.
- It relieves you from Sleeping disorders.
- Relaxes the nervous system in the body.
- It reduces the intensity of headaches, migraines, and other body pains.
- Decreases tension-related pain like ulcer, insomnia, headaches, and other muscle pains.
- Keeps you away from heart-related diseases.
- It helps in increasing the serotonin production that is responsible for improving mood and behavior.
- Strengthens your immunity.
- Strengthens your digestive system.
Relieves you from Negative emotions and boosts your positivity and self-confidence
Busy and competitive life can often give you reasons to doubt yourself making you a pessimistic person. Practicing meditation regularly can relieve you from negative emotion which is essential to have an optimistic approach towards life thereby increasing self-confidence in you.
Improves your creativity and imaginative skills:
As we have already discussed that meditation clears the mind from stress and unnecessary thoughts, it further facilitates in focusing more on the task at a hand and come up with original, innovate and creative solutions. Practicing meditation for a few minutes increases resilience and helps in stimulating the neocortex, which is responsible to boost your creativity and imaginative skills.
Increases the patience and tolerance:
A busy, fast and competitive world often makes most of us irritated, impatient and intolerant. This surely has an adverse effect on our day-to-day life, be it a relationship, job, workplace, friendship. Practicing meditation regularly will enable you to be tolerant of stress, irritation, frustration, etc. Meditation teaches you clear negativity and stress enabling you to focus on the present and letting go of the past events. This, in turn, makes you more resilient and patient in your day-to-day life.
Now that you have seen these amazing benefits that could transform your entire life, what’s stopping you? Let’s take a pledge to incorporate this habit in our life. You just need to begin with 5 minutes. Inhale the positivity and exhale the negativity.
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