Meditation is an age old practice that has so many benefits, including physical health. It is a time to be still, to connect to our higher consciousness. There is a saying that praying is talking to God and meditation is listening for the answers. Many people rush around on a daily basis without this basic need to be at one with self. If you are too busy to meditate for at least 10 minutes a day, then you need to meditate for 40 minutes.
We live in a very fast paced society and sometimes this need is neglected, to our own detriment, the more we run around the more stressful our lives become, the more we don’t find time for self-care, eating properly and so on. By meditating daily we allow ourselves this deep connection to just be, get into balance so we can operate at optimum level in a calm manner.
So what are just some of the health benefits of meditating?
- Your ability to handle stress increases, which in turn, reduces stress
- Better brain function due to the increased flow of blood to the brain
- Increases serotonin and dopamine – feel good factors
- Allows your muscles to relax
- Meditation actually slows down the aging process
- You feel less depressed, hence less isolation
- Improves your psychological well-being.
- Can alleviate high blood pressure
- Your immune system functions more efficiently
- Improves your mood – creates a more positive mind-set
- You gain more clarity.
- Increases positive emotions, emotional stability and intelligence
- Improves your capacity to learn
These benefits are scientifically proven. And on a spiritual level, meditation helps you to feel more connected to yourself and others. You gain a better understanding of yourself on a micro and macro level, finding your true purpose. You will gain an inner strength which will assist you in dealing with life’s curve balls in a more efficient manner. Your intuition will develop, hence allowing you to trust it more and operate from a place of insight as opposed to hindsight. This can prove very powerful when you are faced with difficult decisions.
I hope you have found this article helpful and are encouraged to start or improve your daily meditation practice.