In our current stressful climate, people have been resorting to practices such as meditation to help themselves relax. Of all the means of relaxation out there, more and more people are looking experiencing the benefits of meditation.
I’ve been known to have bouts of neuroses myself. I have tried meditation before, sometimes at home with the Ram Dass app. His soothing voice and talks always do it for me. I also enjoy leaders such as Jack Kornfield, Tara Brach, and Thich Nhat Hanh. I find meditation exercises can make me feel a lot calmer and relaxed. If you decide you want to hear a spiritual talk in your meditation practice, you can learn something new. However, going traditional and being silent and still for 30 minutes works wonders as well.
Because of its efficiency in terms of calming the mind and developing a person’s level of intuition, meditation is now being performed not just a means of clearing the mind and inner reflection but also to heal various illnesses.
The Benefits of Meditation
One of the most celebrated benefits of meditation is that it helps the person’s physical state. These benefits involve the heart through a deep rest because it decreases the person’s metabolic rate as well as the heart rate, which leads to the reduction of workload for the heart. Aside from that, it is also known to lower the levels of a person’s cortisol as well as dissolving the chemicals that are closely associated with everyday stress.
Other physical benefits of meditation include reduced free radicals in the body by eliminating oxygen molecules that are unstable, a decrease in high blood pressure, and the ability to have more resistant skin, lowering or totally dropping the person’s level of cholesterol, improving air flow to the lungs to assist with easy breathing, delaying biological aging and increasing the levels of DHEAS in older people.
When it comes to psychological factor, meditation helps increase the person’s brain wave coherence, decreasing anxiety levels, often irritability, deep-set depression, and mood swings, improves the person’s memory as well as his or her learning ability, increases the person’s ability for self-actualization, increases the person’s feeling of youthfulness and rejuvenation as well as vitality, leads to positive outlook in life and joyfulness, and increases a person’s emotional status and stability.
Other noted benefits of meditation for an individual and his or her community include:
- Relaxation to the person’s the body, mind, and soul.
- Rejuvenation of energy to face the heavy challenges and stress ahead.
- Healing of various illnesses that are closely-associated with the mind and the body.
- Making a more stable person in terms of emotions.
- Developments of relaxed family life and instilling positive outlooks in life to younger people.
- Enhances the person’s ability to make his or her mind function properly.
- Letting a person discover his or her inner self, this in turn releases the creativity in them.
- It helps people to free themselves from various vices and addictions such as alcohol and cigarettes as well as in various medications such as tranquilizers and narcotics.
- It also helps a person to gain higher self-confidence, thus, resulting to stronger power of the will.
- It can be an effective and safe way of discovering one’s self instead of focusing the attention to other unhealthy practices. It also assists in the development of the power of the mind.
The list goes on about the benefits of mediation in an individual and to their community. In so many cases, these are positive benefits but once mediation has not been used properly, people should be aware of the side effects. To avoid this from happening, people who are planning to get serious in meditation should always consult a professional before performing any meditation techniques.