What Are The Benefits Of Meditation?

What Are The Benefits Of Meditation?

 

benefits of meditation

The benefits of meditation are many, and can improve all areas of your life. physical health, immune system, wellbeing, sleep, work, mental health, can all benefit from a simple daily routine of meditation.

If you’ve never meditated before, it’s very easy to start and you don’t need any expensive equipment.

Meditation has become mainstream over the past few years, and even doctors recommend it as an effective way to relieve stress. It’s a far safer solution than taking medication.

There are no dangerous side effects to meditation, in fact the only side effect is that you’ll feel calm and happy.

Meditation can improve your physical health by lowering blood pressure, and reducing the risk of heart disease and strokes.

Stress is common in today’s fast paced world, with many suffering from it. Stress, anxiety and depression are all related and can be greatly helped with meditation.

meditation for insomnia

stress causes insomniaInsomnia is related to stress, and continued lack of sleep can lead to many health problems.

No matter how bad you’re feeling, taking just 20 minutes a day and making it YOUR time in which you can totally relax and meditate will benefit you enormously.

Meditation for insomnia works very well as it calms the mind. It also improves quality of sleep. Waking up feeling groggy, and tired is a sign you’re getting insufficient or poor quality sleep.

Meditating half an hour before bed will help you unwind and prepare for sleep. Listening to calming music at the same time can also help you to relax.

Listen to the soothing guided meditation below to help you gently drift off to sleep.

Once your sleeping habits improve and you’re getting a good night’s sleep you’ll find your immune system will strengthen. Catching colds, cold sores and other minor illnesses often occur when you’re run down.

Can meditation really beat stress?

meditation for stress

Sometimes it can seem like a never ending cycle of stress, worry and insomnia, and you feel there’s no way out.

No matter how hard you try to stop worrying thoughts taking control of your mind, they’ll still keep appearing.

You can’t stop thoughts entering your mind, it would be impossible to do so, however meditation can help you see them in a detached way.

You learn to calm down your mind, and resist jumping from one thought to another.

Being able to focus on one thing at a time can massively reduce anxiety, as your brain isn’t going into meltdown trying to deal with every single thought at once.

You also learn to react to your thoughts in a calm and positive way.

Meditation for weight loss

Meditation can’t directly make you lose weight, but in lowering your level of stress and becoming more aware of your thoughts you may find you can control food cravings and stick to a diet far easier.

Food cravings and comfort eating are often caused by stress and emotional upset. For example after a break up you turn to your favorite food to make you feel better.

In many cases this is sweet foods like chocolate or ice cream. Gradually the pounds pile on and the more weight you gain the lower your self esteem.

comfort foodsMeditation addresses these issues by getting you to become aware of the present moment. You cease to worry about the past or future while you’re meditating.

Negative feelings relating to body image come to the surface as you’re observing your thoughts. Seeing them in a detached way makes it easier to let go of them.

As your negative thoughts are replaced by happier, more positive ones, your level of vibration increases. You feel good about yourself and losing those unwanted pounds becomes so much easier.

Boost your immune system with meditation

Stress and anxiety can have a bad effect on your immune system, making it more likely you’ll catch a cold or develop mouth ulcers

While some stress is good for you and helps you keep alert in times when concentration is needed, such as a job interview, or driving, too much is harmful.

Meditation calms the mind, allowing you to deal with challenging situations in a calm manner. It’s not the situation, but how you deal with it that’s important.

Most problems that seem overwhelming can be solved with a bit of calm thinking.

meditation can boost the immune system

Did you know that stress can also lead to weight gain? Cortisol, one of the body’s essential hormones is released when you’re anxious or very stressed.

This hormone is needed for many body functions including regulating blood pressure, but too much of it can cause an increase in appetite.

So you see, meditation can have a wide reaching effect on your health and wellbeing.

Meditation slows down aging

It has been scientifically shown that meditation slows down aging at a cellular level. This may seem far fetched, but when you consider that Buddha lived to an old age of 80, which in the 5th century would have been unheard of, you can see the power of meditation.

Buddha would have lived even longer had he not died of food poisoning.

People who meditate usually have a fresher complexion with far fewer frown lines. Smiling and feeling happy are great side effects of meditation, and both can instantly make you look younger.

Meditation can reduce the risk of heart disease

Heart disease is one of the biggest killers in the western world. Apart from smoking, stress is a major cause. This can cause atherosclerosis or blocked arteries.

This is also a major cause of strokes, with around 20% being caused by blocked arteries in the heart or neck.

In fact stress is just as harmful to the body as smoking or obesity.

No matter how stressed you are, if you start meditating today and stick to a routine you can halve the risk of a heart attack. If you’ve never meditated before you may find guided

meditation very helpful. Having someone talk you through the process makes it effortless, as you just listen to their voice and follow what they say.

How to meditate for beginners

You don’t need any special equipment to meditate, and it can be done anywhere, however you need to set a routine in place.

Ideally allow at least 10 minutes to meditate first thing in the morning, and last thing at night. Find a place that’s comfortable and you won’t be disturbed. Make sure you turn off all distractions such as tv, mobile phone, and laptop.

And lastly tell your family that this is your time, and only in the event of a fire, or other major disaster should they disturb you!

Wear something loose and comfortable as you don’t want tight clothing to restrict you. You can buy meditation cushions allowing you to sit comfortably on the floor, but any large cushion will do to start with

Most people associate meditation with sitting cross legged on the floor, but the most important thing is that you have your hands resting on your knees with palms facing upwards.

Sitting cross legged may not be easy for everyone, but the reason it’s recommended is to allow energy to freely flow around the body. You could invest in a meditation cushion for greater comfort and support, or lean up against a wall.

Many people practice yoga with meditation as this helps prepare the mind, as well as making you more supple.

So if you really want to make a difference to your health and wellbeing start meditating today. You can get free guided meditations here to get you started.

Take care,
Kathy

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8 comments

  • mithi sungida

    useful information.i used to suffer from insomnia.i couldnt sleep at night.then i started meditation and it really worked.the yoga poses i tried for insomnia are big toe pose,bridge,cat,corpse,cow,fire log,legs-up-the-wall and dolphin pose

    • Kathy

      Hi Mithi, I agree, a combination of yoga and meditation can help if you find it hard to sleep. Finding the yoga poses that work for you is great!

  • Burt Price

    I remember we used to meditate sometimes in elementary school during gym class. It was nice.

    • Kathy

      Hi Kate, so sorry to hear of your break up. I know all to well how hard it can be. I don’t know who’s fault it was, but as you mentioned apologising, I’m assuming that maybe you were seeing someone else? Don’t worry as it’s never to late, and couples do get back together months or years later. It was probably a good idea to agree with the break up, so don’t worry. Starting out as friends again is a step forward, and you can build on that. Do not text or call for a while longer, as you don’t want him to think you’re chasing after him. In a few weeks time send him a very short, casual text. Let him see that you’re doing well. This can work if given time, but you will need to be very patient. Good luck and hope it works out:):)

  • NH Nirob

    Hi…. It is great post. I am very happy read the post. Thank you so much

  • Meditation has a calming effect and can help with those who have a short fuse. It helps one recognize his or her own anger and become detached from it. Positive feelings are often a side effect of the practice of meditation.

    • Kathy

      Hi Lama, yes, this is very true. Once you start practicing meditation on a regular basis you begin to learn how to detach from your thoughts and see them as an aonlooker. It has helped me feel much more positive about life, and happier:)

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