The benefits of meditation are many and varied. Everyone who has meditated throughout history has ‘felt’ these benefits, but this page aims to convey these meditation benefits to you.
Meditation can be defined as; the act of moving beyond conscious thought into a greater state of relaxation.
It sounds cliché, but it’s true; Meditation helps the Body, Mind and Spirit.
Independent of belief or religion, or even the method used to enter a meditative state; the benefits of Meditation to the mind and body are universal.
Physical Benefits of Meditation
As a relaxation tool, meditation is a very effective method to combat the physical effects of stress.
Although ‘stress’ in itself is not a physical element; think of a deadline, or financial concern, or relationship conflict … and you will appreciate how it definitely affects your physical function.
Tight shoulders, clenched jaw, tension headaches, anxiety in your stomach…
Meditation, in any of its forms, gives your physical body a chance to let go of muscular tension. Allocating dedicated time for the practice of meditation is honoring and valuing your greater journey. It is like taking a ‘time out’ so that you can recover, rejuvenate, and refresh your attack.
I can spend my busy days in non-stop motion – or I can sit in front of my computer for hours straight ignoring the discomfort of a sore neck, strained eyes, and the need to visit the bathroom.
Sitting or lying still for meditation, allowing your awareness to travel around your body, will highlight areas of tension and discomfort. Listening to your body is respecting yourself.
Did you know the body is made up of 11 major organ systems?
1. Integumentary (skin), 2. Skeletal, 3. Muscular, 4. Nervous, 5. Endocrine (hormones), 6. Circulatory (blood), 7. Lymphatic (disease defence), 8. Respiratory (breathing), 9. Digestive, 10. Urinary, and 11. Reproductive.
Every second of your existence is monitored and continual adjustments are made to each and every system. If you spend all of your time in ‘Fight or Flight’ mode and never visit ‘Rest and Digest’, you are limiting your body’s ability to perform.
Please click The Secret Health Benefits of Meditation for more detailed information on this subject.
If you would like to experience a Relaxation Meditation, so you can release the physical effects of stress right now, please click Free Relaxation Guided Meditation.
Mental Benefits of Meditation
Have you heard of the term ‘Monkey Mind’? It is a Buddhist term meaning “unsettled; restless; capricious; whimsical; fanciful; inconstant; confused; indecisive; uncontrollable”.
Often when people can’t ‘control their mind’ they look to suppress it with alcohol or drugs. But one of the primary benefits printed on the flag that leads the ‘hoo-ray for meditation’ parade, is; Meditation helps find Peace of Mind. Take that Monkeys!
If your to-do list is longer than your arm, and you need to logistically organize a million variables (most out of your control), or your re-playing an awkward conversation over and over, or you can’t get to sleep, and your mind is a rapid progression of thoughts with each new idea jumping on top of the one before it, a simple meditation practice can help you.
I know I know… You have tried to meditate before and it didn’t work. What a waste of 3 minutes!
How about this? When you learnt to ride a bike, were you taken to the top of a really big hill and given a good-luck push start? Or did you have the training wheels on, taken to a flat safe area, and reassured by a gentle supportive hand and kind word?
If you tried it once and got nowhere – try again. But don’t aim for Nirvana. Try counting your in-breaths till you get to 10 without your mind wandering – it’s harder than it sounds.
Instead of the popular misconception that the sole purpose of meditation is to Empty your Mind, try till fill it with a Mantra or listen to a short guided meditation so you can focus on the story.
Please click mantra Meditation for more detailed information on this subject.
Peace of mind… It won’t happen overnight, but it will happen! A little bit every day is the secret.
Spiritual Benefits of Meditation
Why am I here? And when I mean ‘here’ – I mean ‘on Earth’. What is my purpose? Am I a spiritual being having a physical experience? If I do bad things will karma kick my butt? These are important questions some of us ask.
Meditation provides an opportunity to connect with your true-self, your spiritual purpose, and what is known as the universal knowledge. It is common to experience great insights or think of a solution to a problem during meditation. I’ve heard them called, ‘A-Ha’ moments.
Meditation to me is a ‘connective’ experience. I might be home alone or in a group of 20, but after meditation I always feel more aligned, viewing the world with an insightful and greater perspective.
My purpose becomes clear. My belief renewed. My love of humanity restored.
When I’m loving my meditation practice, people tell me I’m looking great and good things happen when I’m skipping about town.
But then we get to the cool stuff. No it’s not for everyone, and as it does take a ‘good relaxation tool’ into the uggety-boogety. I’m talking of concepts related to psychic growth.
Can I surround myself with a layer of white loving energy, to protect myself from the negativity of others? Try this free Psychic Protection Guided Meditation to try for yourself.
The Explore Meditation website has a special button up the top of this page called Spiritual Growth. If you go in there, you mightn’t come out for days (but you will be smiling!)
Scientific Benefits of Meditation
It has been known for thousands of years that meditation slows breathing, heart rate and lowers blood pressure, but relatively recent developments in technology has given deeper insight into a factual perspective.
To put it simply; your brain is a continual hive of electrical signals, and the frequencies alternate between four different states; Beta, Alpha, Theta and Delta.
You enter Beta states at times of high stress; Alpha states when busy but relaxed (cooking as an example), Theta states when zoned-out, and Delta states during our periods of deepest sleep, or when meditating.
Scientists have monitored the brainwaves of meditation masters while meditating, and have concluded that they frequently reach states in which HGH (Human Growth Hormone) is released into the bloodstream. This hormone is responsible for many things, including growth and repair. It can be near impossible to wake a child while in this state, as their active capacity shuts down as they require lots of the HGH to grow big and strong.
It’s not surprising HGH has been popular of late as a supplement to heal – and wait for it… Reverse the signs of again.
Please click Meditation Explained for more detailed information on this subject.
But a big ‘hoo-ray’ for the guys and gals in white coats. After they analyzed the frequencies of the meditation masters while they were meditating for specific effect, they developed a frequency map, enabling them to ‘play-back’ those frequencies to us mere mortals via headphones so guide our brainwave frequencies to the exact pattern to give us the benefit we desire.
If you have heard of Binaural Beats, or Brainwave Entertainment, or Isochronic Tones, they are all based on this simple theory.
Please click Binaural beats for more detailed information on this subject.
It is still very likely that your local doctor will prescribe a pill to combat stress or depression, and although I’m the first to admit that prescription medication is vital for many conditions, I always back it up by saying that I believe ‘quick-fix remedies in a bottle’ are OVER PRESCRIBED to the masses.
Science has proven the benefits of meditation… and there is an amazing ground-swell of support in the west, (it has always been in the East as commonplace – those guys are lucky), but I wish for the day all doctors would say; “Your telling me your stressed – Have you tried meditation?”
Well, how’s that for an introduction into the Benefits of Meditation?
What jumped out for you? What would you say is the biggest benefit you have achieved, or are looking to achieve?