Meditation has existed for thousands of years, but it seems like it’s never been more popular than it is right now. Meditation is simple as you make it, free to all, and can be done anywhere. It’s well worth the investment of your time and effort.
Are you wondering what it is that has so many people hooked? Here are just a few of the many reasons:
Meditation is good for your physical health. Regular meditation has been shown to have many proven health benefits. It decreases inflammation, improves immune function, decreases pain, and actually adds to the grey matter of your brain.
You will gain enhanced self-control and the ability to regulate emotions. Do you currently have poor impulse control? Do you get upset easily? Meditation can help. Whether you struggle to stick with a healthy diet or find it hard to control your temper, regular meditation can help.
Your brain will stay younger longer. Studies have shown that cognitive function is better preserved in those who meditate one or two times every day. Though it hasn’t been proven conclusively, your physical body may stay younger longer as well as it appears likely that meditation may even lengthen your lifespan.
Even for those new to meditation, one of the first things people notice is meditation helps Improve memory and attention. If you can’t remember where you left your car keys, regular meditation might be the answer. It can also increase your ability to concentrate. The ability to stay focused is considered a marker for success in many important areas.
We all need to learn to be more present. With everything going on in the world around us, many people are worried about the future or stuck reminiscing in the past. Let go of the past and the future, we need to live in the now. Meditation is all about keeping your mind in the present moment. You’ll feel a sense of relief and great peace. You can use this skill throughout the day to enjoy your life and accomplish more. Just stop and breathe for a few minutes when you need to come back to the present. You’ll daydream and worry less. Your productivity will soar.
Meditation on a regular basis can benefit your heart and circulatory system. Meditation lowers blood pressure and improves many cellular markers of heart health. It has even been shown to lower cholesterol levels! Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in the Western world. Make meditation, instead of medication, a part of the solution.
It can lower stress and enhance your mood. Meditation is widely used in the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders. You can more effectively deal with anxiety and worry with regular and consistent meditation practice.
Meditation can help you enjoy a more positive lifestyle. Many of our bad habits are ways of dealing with anxiety and other negative emotions. When these emotions occur less frequently, it’s easier to avoid bad habits. Remember – like attracts like – if you want more positive in your life, get some good meditation time in.
You will get to know yourself better through meditation. When you meditate, you’re much more aware of your body, thoughts, and feelings. By meditating regularly, you develop a constant awareness of yourself. Negative thoughts and emotions are easier to spot, stop, and correct. You’ll become the expert on yourself.
An unexpected benefit many don’t realize is meditation can help with relationships. When you meditate regularly, you’ll become more accepting of others. This is considered a natural extension of the mood regulation benefits that meditation provides. You’ll find you’re less judgmental and more open to a wider range of people. This may result in having a greater number of friends. When you accept others just the way they are, an entirely new pool of people is available to you. You might even find the partner of your dreams among this new group of folks.
Just a couple of final points. You may think you don’t have time to meditate. Meditation doesn’t have to take up a significant portion of your day. Just a few minutes of meditation provides significant benefits. Start with just two minutes of meditation and increase the time as you see fit. Many have found that the time they spend meditating comes back to them many times over because of the increased focus, awareness, and efficiency they gain in their everyday life.
If meditation has always seemed a little too “out there” for you, please reconsider. The medical establishment is notoriously conservative, and even they are embracing the benefits of meditation. Meditation provides many benefits, without the cost and potential side effects of a pill. If you’re serious about your health or success, add a daily meditation session or two to your routine. It does a body (and soul) good.
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