Benefits Of Meditation

Benefits Of Meditation

What Is Meditation ?

Before we get into benefits of meditation, we need to understand what meditation is. Meditation originated in the East, but with the passage of time it cut across barriers and became equally popular in the West.

Meditation aims at relieving you of stress, worries and anxiety. It transports you to the realm of thoughtless awareness & makes you peaceful, calm and blissfully happy.

As you practice it more and more, you dive deeper into your inner self.  Thoughts of the past, that you can’t change, and  of the future, over which you have no control, don’t disturb you any more. You begin to live in the present moment. You learn to focus on the here & now.

Meditation does not make you go into a trance. When you meditate, you are fully awake and alert. But your mind has stopped focusing on the surroundings and the external effects. It has gone silent and it does not distract you anymore .

What Are The Different Types Of  Meditation and the Benefits of Meditation?

Different individuals use many different techniques to practice meditation. Some of the more popular types are :

Spiritual Meditation Technique

Followers of Hinduism, Daoism and Christianity use this technique. In this type of meditation you:

  • reflect on the silence around you
  • try to connect firmly with your creator and the universe
  • use oils like myrrh, cedar, sandal to enhance your spiritual experience

Spiritual Meditation Benefits

This method of meditating helps you:

  • realize your self
  • relax your nervous system
  • reduce stress
  • relieve yourself of negative thoughts & emotions
  • free yourself of the burdens of your past
  • attain higher consciousness

Mindfulness  Meditation Technique

This method originates from Buddhist teachings and it require you to :

  •  focus on an object, which may well be your own breath
  •  pay attention to your thoughts while they pass through your mind
  • observe them, and
  • take note of these thought -patterns
  • not to pass any judgement on them
  • not to involve yourself with them
  • concentrate
  • be aware

Mindfulness Meditation Benefits

This technique is very popular in the western world. Some of the benefits of this type of meditation are:

  • improves functioning of the brain
  • boosts self control
  • reduces stress
  • relieves depression
  • prevents relapse of depression
  • strengthens concentration
  • increases production of antibodies
  • makes immune system strong
  • decreases binge eating frequency
  • helps lose weight

Mantra Meditation Technique

This type of meditation originates in Buddhism and Hinduism . Some people know it as Chanting Meditation.

To practice this technique :

  • you use a word or a phrase, in any language, with or without any meaning
  • you chant this word/ phrase in repetitions, aloud or quietly

Mantra Meditation Benefits

Experts agree on the following benefits of Mantra Meditation

  • reduces anxiety and depression
  • releases neuroses
  • generates feelings of compassion
  • boosts immunity
  • removes phobias
  • increases joyfulness
  • relieves stress
  • regulates heart rate
  • increases immune functions
  • lowers blood pressure.

Transcendental Meditation  Technique (TM)

Transcendental Meditation or TM is a form of silent Mantra Technique. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi introduced it to the world in the 1960s. Today it is the most popular of all meditation techniques .

It requires you:

  • to sit in any comfortable posture
  • and to close your eyes
  • also to repeat a mantra silently and effortlessly

You should not disclose your secret mantra words to anyone else.

Followers of this method often take lessons from expert instructors who assign the secret words to each pupil.

Transcendental Meditation (TM) – Benefits of Meditation

Here are some of the significant benefits of TM :

  • lowers blood pressure
  • reduces cortisol level
  • lowers risk of heart attack
  • lowers risk of stroke
  • maximizes sense of productivity
  • enhances sense of clarity
  • boosts brain function
  • improves sleep
  • releases stress
  • relieves anxiety
  • produces a calming effect

Movement /Moving/Breath Walking Meditation Technique

If you don’t have the time  to sit down and perform any other type of meditation, this technique is tailor-made for you.

It simply involves moving which can include walking, yoga, gardening or any other gentle form of motion. It requires you to focus on an object  while you move . You observe the thoughts that pass through your mind and then let go of them. You remain in a state of awareness and you let the movement guide you.

Movement /Moving / Breath Walking – Benefits of Meditation

This technique has many benefits. Following are some of them :

  • increases brain size
  • delays dementia
  • improves sleep
  • helps focus the mind
  • relaxes the mind and the body
  • instills feeling of well-being and peace
  • improves decision making
  • boosts immune system
  • stabilizes blood pressure
  • helps decrease stress and anxiety
  • improves concentration
  • relieves pain
  • increases blood flow to the brain
  • helps create better understanding of others

Living Kindness Meditation Technique

This form of meditation requires you to :

  • sit comfortably.
  • close your eyes
  • relax your muscles, and
  • take a few deep breaths
  • imagine yourself experiencing complete physical and emotional wellness and inner peace
  • imagine feeling perfect love for yourself
  • thank yourself for all that you are
  • repeat three or four positive, reassuring phrases to yourself
  • then shift your focus to those you love most
  • repeat phrases  that bring about feelings of loving kindness for them ,within you
  • redirect your attention back to these feelings of loving kindness, if it strays

Living Kindness – Benefits of Meditation

Experts agree that Living Kindness Meditation has the following benefits:

  • makes you feel and think positively
  • increases empathy
  • connects you better at the social level
  • slows down the aging process
  • boosts energy
  • relaxes respiration
  • reduces pain
  • reduces migraine
  • increases grey matter volume
  • helps cure some mental disorders
  • helps curtail self criticism and self condemnation
  • creates feelings of friendliness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity in you

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