Benefits of Meditation
The benefits of meditation are constructive, healing, positive and countless. A multitude of studies have demonstrated that those who meditate on a regular basis have experienced a positive impact in their lives.
From reduced stress and pain management to increased immune response and decreased aging process; and from improved self-esteem, concentration and creativity to developing will power and higher intelligence, the benefits of meditation are truly innumerable. However, one of the most compelling reasons to practice meditation is that the process itself is uplifting and inspiring.
Meditation is not dependent upon the end result, but the act of meditation itself is a sublime and blissful one; an experience that transports yourself to a state of contentment and serene awareness during the practice of meditation itself, not just as a result at the end of the session.
Actually, from a philosophical viewpoint, the means equals the end result; thus, the meditation session has truly no beginning and no end.
As members of the human race, we all share a constant onslaught of stress on a day to day basis. This is the price we pay for living in a high paced world. We get bombarded by a variety of energies in the form of news, noise pollution, arguments, television programming, and disgruntled people.
In order to counteract this enormous and overwhelming force of negativity and distress, we must seek time to dedicate to ourselves, time to reconnect with our Higher Power, and to bring ourselves to balance. Meditation offers us a way to establish that connection to replenish our energy, relax our soul, cleanse our bodies, and realign ourselves with our true inner self.
In earlier times, people lived surrounded by nature in their daily routines and throughout their existence. Back then, there were no artificial sound vibrations from cars, telephones or machines; there was no stress caused by the rat race or disease resulting from the metropolitan industrial complexities that are part of our environment today.
On the contrary. There was the sound of water, the hum of the wind, the chirping of birds, the beauty of the stars at night, the warmth of sun rays, and the scent of flowers to name a few. There were natural tempos in every aspect of life, as people planted seeds, nurtured them into harvest, and as they observed the cycles of nature they felt a connection to Mother Earth.
Today, many people live their entire lives without even being aware of or contacting nature in a direct way. We live in artificially controlled climates, we eat pre-packaged foods, and we constantly are divorcing ourselves from our natural origins and our organic, original pace of life.
This is why the practice of meditation is rapidly becoming a necessity — more than an option.
Meditation allows us a simple, convenient, free and portable technique to enter into those lost natural rhythms and vibrations, by closing out the world around us temporarily as we let go of the sensations that the physical body perceives in daily life, and clear the mind of all the problems and artificial stress it has gathered knowingly or unknowingly during the course of life.
There is no doubt about it. The benefits of meditation are huge. It costs nothing, it has no harmful side effects, and it won’t add calories or cholesterol to your body either. Moreover, it’s impossible to meditate and be upset at the same time… how wonderful is that?
The human body is a complex and amazing creation.
Meditation provides an eminent sense of well-being, often compared to a natural “high”that is more powerful than those induced by artificial and harmful substances. This is because the brain produces natural drugs that are hundreds of times more potent than pharmaceutical narcotics.
As one meditates, the body secretes certain hormones and chemicals that provide an incredible rush of energy and happiness, and this is only one of the multiple amazing benefits of meditation. This fact alone is proof for some of the most significant benefits of meditation, which can be embraced for enlightenment and health.
Some people use meditation in place of, or in addition to, psychotherapy. Others find it most valuable as a tool to enhance sports or work performance, or to increase the memory and other mental or physical functions.
Yet others rely upon it to help them deal with grief or with the aftermath of trauma or tragedy, and to regain contentment and appreciation for life’s beauty. And there are those who use meditation as a creative tool to inspire them in the arts. Meditation gives us stronger and more sustainable vigor for sexual energy as well as serenity, as it provides a restfulness that is comparable to deep and exceptionally restful sleep.
There are countless reasons to meditate, what is yours?
Regardless of your personal reason, when you commit and dedicate some time out of your busy life to pause and drink from the mental oasis of meditation, you will be contributing to making our world a better and more peaceful and harmonious place for all.
Perhaps you think this is a bit exaggerated, but I assure you it is not. There have been many studies that have proven this. One such example is a recent experiment that took place at the Robert W. Coleman Elementary School in Baltimore. The results were amazing, to say the least. Instead of detention and punishing disruptive kids or sending them to the principal’s office, the Baltimore school has something called the Mindful Moment Room. I’ll let you read about this here. You’ll be amazed!
Now you see why I say that as you enjoy the benefits of meditation, you are helping the world!
Thank YOU for your contribution!