In recent times, meditation has become more and more popular. From being perceived as a strange practice to better awareness of its benefits and the misconceptions behind it.
Researchers have continued to unveil more impacts of meditation in our lives. In this article, we will explore meditation and the benefits it offers.
Meditation is a practice that involves using specific techniques to focus the mind on an object, activity, or thought to achieve a clear and stable mental and emotional state.
This state helps you to be fully alert yet undisturbed by external factors. It connects you to your inner self and several layers of your subconscious. Within this state literally, anything is possible and consistent practice brings about the benefits discussed below and more.
Benefits on mental health
According to experts, meditation promotes healing by bringing the brainwave pattern to an alpha state. It cleanses the mind and provides a wide range of mental health benefits.
These include controlling or decreasing anxiety. Anxiety and stress reduction is one of the most significant benefits of meditation associated with mindfulness meditation precisely.
A stress hormone known as cortisol is released in the brain each time we encounter a stressful situation. Research has shown that cortisol levels or production are reduced in the brain of those who take part in meditation. This leads to experiencing more restful sleep, better decision making and lower blood pressure.
Other benefits in mental health are;
- Boost creativity
- Boost happiness
- Improve feelings of kindness and compassion
- Clarity and peace of mind
- Better focus
- Improved memory
Benefits on physical health
Meditation fills the body with pure energy that contributes to a physiological change in every cell in the body. Studies show that practicing meditation daily can lead to physical benefits such as improving blood circulation, maintaining a healthy heart, and reduce heart rate.
Those who meditate have been found to have lower amounts of lipid peroxide in their bodies when compared with non-meditators. Lipid peroxide is a compound that hardens the arteries and causes health conditions such as atherosclerosis.
Other benefits of meditation for physical health are;
- Improved immune system
- Increased energy
- Lowers high blood pressure
- Decreases any tension-related pain
- Increase the production of serotonin for a better mood and behavior.
Meditation is for everyone
Aside from the personal benefits to your health and lifestyle, meditation is a practice for everyone. It is not a religion and brings harmony not just to you but to the planet. It brings out your personal transformation helping you discover yourself, love yourself, build yourself and then share this love with others.
You can meditate anywhere
Meditation doesn’t need a special location because it has so many techniques and types that you can find suitable for any situation. You hardly require any specialized equipment and daily practice only takes a few minutes. Some types of meditation include movement meditation, mindfulness meditation, loving-kindness mediation, and so on.
Meditation is like a seed that blossoms as you cultivate it with love. You can get started anytime with physical classes or online practitioners.
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