The list of benefits offered by meditation has no limits. The ancient technique helps to discipline and calm the mind, bringing emotional comfort and increasing our ability to concentrate.
The rest of meditation is deeper than the deepest sleep you can have. When the mind gets rid of the agitation, it is calm, serene and in peace, meditation happens.
There are many benefits of meditation. It is an essential practice for mental hygiene. A calm mind, good concentration, clarity of perception, improved communication, flourishing skills and talents, an unshakable inner form, healings, the ability to connect to an inner source of energy, relaxation and rejuvenation are results of meditation regularly. The target of your meditation can include a number of things including movement, breath, sensing, thoughts and sound.
A study done at the University of California, USA, found that those who meditate have the body’s defenses expanded and can deal better with stress. This is because during the practice of meditation the enzyme telomerase (linked to the immune system) has its action intensified. However, study leader Clifford Saron warns that meditation alone will not solve. Practice is just one of the mechanisms used by the body to increase the well-being of the individual. And it is this state that acts directly on the activity of telomerase in the cells of the immune system, which are the real responsible for promoting the longevity in the cells. To reach this conclusion, he analyzed 60 people for three months. Thirty of them practiced meditation and the other thirty did not. The rates of telomerase were about 30% higher in those who meditated. These patients also presented an increase in psychic capacity, such as improvement in perception of control and attention, as well as a decrease in neurosis or negative emotions.
In today’s world where stress sets in so fast that we barely notice it, meditation is no longer a luxury, it’s a necessity! To have peace of mind and to be unconditionally happy, we need to access the power of meditation.
What are the main health benefits?
- Stress reduction and anxiety
- Decreased insomnia and depression;
- Increased well-being and self-esteem;
- Stimulation of creativity, intelligence and memory;
- Strengthening of the nervous and immune system;
- Reduction of blood pressure and headaches;
How to meditate?
- Sit or lie comfortably.
- Close your eyes.
- Make no effort to control the breath; simply breathe naturally.
- Focus your attention on the breath and on how the body moves with each inhalation and exhalation. Notice the movement of your body as you breathe. Observe your chest, shoulders, rib cage, and belly. Simply focus your attention on your breath without controlling its pace or intensity. If your mind wanders, return your focus back to your breath.
- Maintain this meditation practice for five to ten minutes to start, and then try it for longer periods.
- Choose a clean, no-distraction location in your home (though you can also do it in your chair at work).
- Make sure the light is soft, there is ventilation and the noises are under control.
- Meditate at the same time every day to make it a sustainable routine. Early morning is a great time.
- Do not meditate too much. Begin meditating only for 5 to 10 minutes. Have a timer.
- Turn off your mobile. Tell your family that this is their short time of silence.
- And preferably wear comfortable clothing.