8 Benefits to Daily Meditation

Have you ever been in a situation where your anxiety has been so great you thought the walls were closing in on you?  Perhaps you had to pitch that presentation to a crowded room of executives.  All eyes were going to be on you at the front of the room.  Just typing that gave me to tinge of anxiety…. BLAH!  So, for a few seconds, I close my eyes, concentrate on nothing else but my breathing.  Finally, I feel my breathing start to slow, my heart rate goes down and I’m once again able to type away and finish what I started. 

Meditation has given me a quiet place where ever I go.  It’s a place where I can find  peace and become centered.  I have created a clearing of calm and tranquility that I can enter into within seconds whenever I feel the need. I have a refuge no matter where I am or what I am doing. The worries of the world no longer threaten me within this bubble of calm I have created for myself.

 

1. Reduce Stress

Feeling the weight of the world on your shoulders? Meditation is incredibly effective at reducing stress and anxiety. One study found that mindfulness and zen type meditations significantly reduce stress when practiced over a period of three months. Another study revealed that meditation literally reduces the density of brain tissue associated with anxiety and worrying. If you want your stress levels to plummet, meditation may be the answer.

2. Increases Attention

Want to fill your life with happiness and energy? Mindfulness meditation increases your psychological functioning and in the process improves your sense of well-being. Yoga and tai chi have been found to do this also – according to studies, they have significant therapeutic effects and increase quality of life when practiced regularly.

3. Boosts Immunity

Do you get sick more often than you would like? Believe it or not, a variety of different types of meditation, from mindfulness to yoga, have been shown to strengthen the human immune system and make you more resistant to viruses and infections. 

4. Improves Metabolism

That Om might do more to whittle your waist then you think. Scientists from the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind/Body Medicine unveiled a new study on meditation and revealed what looks like permanent increases in your metabolism from having a regular meditation practice. So go grab those mala beads!  Mmetabolism increased for people who meditated regularly and it was more pronounced in the more experienced group. So if you were looking for yet one more reason to start meditation, you’ve got it. Meditation helps keep you in your skinny jeans!

5. Encourages Restful Sleep

Can’t sleep at night? We have all crawled under the covers with our never-ending to do list and/or some seemingly unsolvable life problem fully occupying our prime thought-space. While losing a few hours of sleep this way is perfectly natural and normal every now and then, in the long-term, sleep deprivation can leave you looking and feeling awful while zapping your normal energy levels and health. The mindful thought awareness we learn during meditation does a miraculous thing: by bringing us to the present moment, our worrywart brain suddenly realizes that the day is over, while tomorrow is not yet upon us.  This awareness of now, and the awareness of your body and how your thoughts are affecting you in the moment, is often the only way to calm your mind and quickly (finally!) get to sleep.  

6. Fosters Happiness

Want to fill your life with happiness and energy? Mindfulness meditation increases your psychological functioning and in the process improves your sense of well-being. Yoga and tai chi have been found to do this also – according to studies, they have significant therapeutic effects and increase quality of life when practiced regularly.

7. Promotes Connection

Feeling a little disconnected from those around you? Try compassion meditation. loving-kindness meditation (sometimes called Metta) is a compassion-based meditation that enhances brain areas associated with mental processing and empathy. It also increases your sense of social connectedness. 

8. Diminishes Aging

By meditating you are lowering your stress levels, which in turns lowers your anxiety levels, also lowering blood pressure, which in turn elevates your happiness levels, you are shaving years off yourself.  And who doesn’t want to shave years off?

In case you were wondering …

I use HeadSpace to meditate.

 

Vote For Me @ The Top Mommy Blogs Directory Vote For Me @ The Top Mommy Blogs Directory

Leave a Reply

Be the First to Comment!

Notify of
avatar
wpDiscuz