BENEFITS OF MEDITATION

 

 
Meditation is one of the most important skills we can develop, as it is the foundation for cultivating awareness. Whenever awareness is present in a part of our lives, that part can improve. Awareness is the key to health, higher knowledge, greater intelligence, intuition, and to uncovering our hidden abilities. The awareness derived through meditation allows us to manage life, it’s joys, sorrows, and difficulties, with intelligence and creativity. Through regular practice of meditation we develop our powers of perception and begin to see things as they really are.
From meditation we derive:

Health Benefits
Physical Benefits
Emotional Benefits
Spiritual Benefits

 


   Health Benefits

 
Today, the healing benefits of meditation are widely recognized. Meditation practice is prescribed in many medical texts as an effective process for reducing physical, emotional, and mental problems, and for positively influencing a diverse array of diseases.

 
   Medical problems helped by mediation:

•High blood pressure
•Cancer
•Digestive problems
•Chronic pain and illness
•Headaches
•Heart disease
•Asthma
•Fibromyalgia
•Lung disorders
•Sleep disorders
•Fatigue
•Gynecological disorders
•Immune problems
•Multiple Sclerosis
 

 

   Physical Benefits

 
In the past twenty-five years, meditation has converged with mainstream medicine to form new approaches that are now common in dealing with stress, pain, and chronic illness. The implications are that meditation can help regulate biological processes and perhaps extend the power of both mind and body in ways that might potentially promote healing and rehabilitation as well as greater overall health and well-being.

 
   Physical benefits of meditation:

•Slows heart rate
•Slows breathing
•Lowers blood pressure
•Improves digestion
•Benefits the immune system’s ability to respond to stress
•Sensitizes us to our body’s needs
•Lessens chronological aging
•Improves quality of sleep
•Increases energy
•Promotes healing process

 


   Emotional Benefits

 
Meditation cultivates an emotional stability in which one may gain greater insight and understanding about one’s thoughts, feelings, and actions. This in turn offers the possibility to feel more confident and in control of life. Meditation facilitates a greater sense of calmness, empathy, and acceptance of self and others.

 
   Emotional benefits of meditation:

•Increases emotional stability
•Decreases emotional dependence
•Decreases anxiety
•Decreases depression
•Decreases irritability
•Increases intuition
 

 

   Spiritual Benefits

 
If we can develop our practice of meditation, it can offer more than just relaxation. Meditation enables us to go beyond the intellectual mind and enter into an intensely personal and spiritual experience. This is not necessarily a religious practice, but because of its spiritual element if forms an integral part of most religions. Our spiritual nature identifies and feels a sense of oneness with other people and other things. Meditation helps us to feel an expansion of our consciousness which leads to feelings of inner peace and joy. The unusual feature of this kind of happiness is that it does not depend on outer circumstances. It is self generated and comes from our own heart.

 
   Spiritual benefits of meditation:

•Spiritual goals are clarified
•Allows us to feel more at home in the world and in our bodies
•Inspires and enriches life and provides a vision of lasting peace
•Increases one’s capacity to have a more fulfilled and meaningful life
•Increases contentment
•Increases compassion
•Decreases negative judgments toward others


Meditative practices are ways of learning to relate directly to whatever is happening in your life, a way of taking charge of your life, a way of doing something for yourself that no one else can do for you-consciously and systematically working with your own stress, pain, illness, and the challenges and demands of everyday life. Restoring within you a balanced sense of health, and well-being requires increased awareness of all aspects of self, including body, mind, and heart. A meditative approach to health is intended to spark this inner capacity and infuse your life with awareness.

   
 
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