The Health Benefits of Meditation
From the medical community to the yoga community, the verdict is out: you need to meditate!
Recent studies from Harvard University found that long-term meditators have increased amounts of gray matter in the insula and sensory regions, and the auditory and sensory cortex.
Basically, Harvard has confirmed what yogis been teaching for thousands of years:
- meditation reduces stress,
- fosters clear thinking and
- increases our capacity for empathy and compassion.
Talking about meditation is the easy part; actually creating the space in your day requires a bit of planning. However, when in need of a push to get started (or continue) with your meditation practice, understanding the array of physical, mental, and emotional benefits can be a convincing reminder of why meditation is important. I promise - once you learn how to meditate and make it a daily habit, you will experience the benefits for yourself; you will wonder how you ever existed without your daily ritual of relaxation!
Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned practitioner, check out the range of benefits that a regular practice offers:
Physical Benefits of Meditation
When meditating, the body undergoes a structural change, which demonstrates the profound impact of simply sitting down with eyes closed. In fact, MRI images show a complete change in the brain’s different departments, which results in a relaxation response in the rest of the body.
When meditating, beta waves, which indicate a state where information is being processed, decrease, and are replaced by alpha waves, which are associated with total brain coherence. The frontal and parietal lobes, which deal with reasoning, planning, and processing sensory information, slow down. And without a glut incoming stimuli, the nervous system is able to rest, resulting in relaxation and improved functioning in the entire body.
On a physical level, meditation:
- Lowers high blood pressure
- Lowers the levels of blood lactate, reducing anxiety attacks
- Decreases tension-related pain, such as, tension headaches, ulcers, insomnia, muscle and joint problems
- Increases serotonin production that improves mood and behavior
- Improves the immune system
- Increases the energy level, as you gain an inner source of energy
Mental Benefits of Meditation
As mentioned before, meditation brings the brainwave patterns into an relaxed alpha state, that relaxes the body as well as the mind. Without constant stimuli entering the sensory pathways, the mind is able to relax and enter a state of deep rest. Meditation is also a practice of self-care, that allows for a connection with the inner self. In doing so, self-esteem increases and the ability to make decisions that align with the individual’s authentic feelings and desires, and allow for better self-regulation. With regular practice of meditation:
- Anxiety decreases
- Emotional stability improves
- Creativity increases
- Happiness increases
- Intuition develops
- Gain clarity and peace of mind
- Problems become smaller
- Meditation sharpens the mind by increasing focus and expands through relaxation
- A sharp mind without expansion causes tension, anger and frustration
- An expanded consciousness without sharpness can lead to lack of action/progress
- The balance of a sharp mind and an expanded consciousness brings perfection
Other Benefits of Meditation
Emotional steadiness and harmony
Meditation relaxes the entire brain, including the amygdala, which is the emotional center of the brain.
Meditation brings harmony in creation
When you meditate, you enter a space of internal expansiveness, calm, and joy. The result is feelings of expansiveness, calm, and joy in waking life, which has an effect on our interactions with others and the world around us.
Meditation can bring about a true personal transformation from the inside out. As you experience your inner storehouse of peace and security, you will naturally begin to discover aspects of yourself that were previously hidden due to stress.
How To Get The Benefits
While there is no doubt that you will feel the benefits of meditation after just one session, in order to experience an integration of the benefits of meditation into daily life, regular practice is necessary. It takes only a few minutes every day, and once made a part of the daily routine, meditation will become the best part of your day!
Think of meditation as a form of hygiene - the mental equivalent of brushing your teeth, as you will. Imagine if you never brushed your teeth - you would like the Geico caveman! When you were young, you had to be trained to create the habit of teeth brushing. However, now that brushing is routine, the thought of not doing it is disgusting! The same goes for meditation - once you get into the habit and experience all of the mental clarity, emotional stability, physical relaxation that the practice offers, not practicing meditation seems unimaginable!
The busier we get, the more important meditation becomes.
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The Study on Meditation and its impact on human lifestyle have been studied since years. The scientific studies and researches have also proved that Meditation has the Power of Healing and it is a secret for remain healthy and peaceful life. Meditation not only benefits adult or elderly people, but it is very helpful to students as well.
Students mean the learning period of any individual. At this stage of life, they are able to grasp and capture things quite easily than any adult. But most of the students don’t really appreciate the idea of meditation. They find it hard to include it as the part of their daily routine. But if students regularly practice meditating under proper guidance, they will be benefited in numerous ways. Some of the benefits of meditation for students are enlisted below:
Get Over Depression: Every now and then one in 100 or 1000 students becomes the victim of depression. The reason can be variable like some students have not stand up to their parent’s expectations, some might have scored very low grade in exam after months of hard-work, betrayal from friends or loved ones etc. Students who are affected by such things undergo depression and takes a lot of time to overcome the harsh reality. Meditation, therefore, is a very effective medicine in this case. Once students are used to the habit of meditating, they have control over their mind. They gain the confidence to let go such things and face the reality of life. According to a study, meditation has helped a number of students to get over from depression and move forward in life with new goals and aspirations.
Helps to Get Over from Bad Addiction: During the academic journey, some students develop bad habits due to wrong company or wrong pathway. Once they are trapped in the wrong pathway, it becomes very difficult to get over it. With the help of meditation, students can easily resist themselves from bad habits. They develop the confidence to say ‘NO’ for wrong activities. If they are already trapped in the wrong path, with meditation students get motivated and determined to leave the company and set a goal in their academic life.
Developing Confidence: Students develop a confidence for public speaking, accepting the challenge and working differently with help of meditation. All these qualities are not pre-built in any individual; it is developed slowly during the academic journey. While some students are able to develop these qualities due to the surrounding environment, others lack the confidence for facing a group of people. Meditation can, therefore, help such students gain the confidence and achieve success in the life.
Personal Transformation: Meditation brings a huge transformation in students. They turn out to be more confident, cheerful and outspoken. They are able to learn things more easily and handle peer pressure. They are able to coordinate with people easily, maintain a good relationship and keep the surrounding environment lively.
Increase Efficiency of Brain Functioning: Meditation improves the functioning of the brain. It sharpens the brain thus helping to grasp information, recall information and solve any tricky questions easily. Moreover, decision-making power also gets improved with meditation.
Appreciate Life: Students learn to appreciate life and people with meditation. This is another benefit of meditation for students where they learn to forgive and ask for forgiveness. They learn to accept their mistakes and confront situation irrespective of the results.
Keep away from Diseases:Stress, depression, anxiety paves way for a number of diseases. There are a lot of ways in which a person can use meditation as a remedy for the illness. With meditation, students are able to abolish these thoughts which keep them away from life-threatening diseases.
There are numerous benefits of meditation in student life. If students make it as a part of daily routine, they will surely remain healthy, fit and lively.