What is Meditation?
Meditation in its original form is connecting you to the creator. It is a way to enlighten oneself and connecting to god.
In meditation, you release yourself to awaken your Chakras.
It doesn’t only serve the purpose of spirituality and connecting to the energy but also helps in the physical, mental, and emotional well being of an individual.
Swami Muktananda said, “Your goal is not to battle with the mind, but to witness the mind.”
Meditation is a practice. It’s a way to control your thoughts. It changes your pattern of thoughts and the way to deal with the situations.
Benefits of meditation
Let’s see how meditation helps us in our day to day life in different spheres of life. Here are 7 amazing benefits:
- Anger control
Human being has a tendency to react. Sometimes reaction comes in the form of anger, which gives serious repercussions in your life.
A recent study found that a single session of meditation can reduce the signs of anger, stress, and blood pressure levels.
Meditation is a practice. It doesn’t change your life upside down. Instead, it changes your way of thinking and improves the capability to deal with situations like anger and stress.
- More focused and keeps your brain young
Meditation helps you in improving your focus capabilities. It teaches you to be in the present moment by releasing the thoughts that get accumulated in your head by not reacting to them.
It is common that with aging your body and brain get fatigued and the response rate to things starts declining. But the continuous practice can help you to prevent age-related brain decline.
A recent study has offered evidence that intensive and continued meditation practice is associated with enduring improvements in sustained attention.
Ajahn Brahm said, “Meditation is like a gym in which you develop the powerful mental muscles of calm and insight.”
In meditation, we sit in a comfortable position with our back and head straight. And, focus on our inhale and exhale process, our body reaction. Let the thoughts come in and go, and don’t stick to one thought.
In this process, we tend to learn to live in the present moment. This helps to focus on our goals with a more clear vision and energy.
- Better sleep
A good sleep makes you feel more energetic and focused on a new start. The doctor suggests a power nap helps you to work for long hours of the day.
Mindfulness Meditation helps you to induce better sleep. Meditation before sleep increases melatonin (the sleep hormone), reduces heart rate, decreases blood pressure, and activates the part of the brain responsible for sleep.
“Mindfulness allows us to live life fully. Fully aware, fully awake, fully alive.”
Mindfulness meditation before sleep helps you to be in the present. It helps you to let go of the disturbances of the whole day giving you inner peace.
Meditation is a way to know your body and senses. Consistent practice helps you to get rid of negativity and low self-esteem.
It takes you to the deeper path of self-realization and hence you feel more compassion towards you which is self-love.
It helps you to control your senses and thus makes you emotionally and mentally strong.
The more time you spend with yourself, the more clear perspective and vision you get.
To love yourself, to value yourself, you need courage and strength which meditation provides you with ease.
Meditation works as a stress- buster.
Stress can be both positive and negative. Like in your job, a deadline is given so that you can complete your work on time, it’s not bad stress. Stress is bad when you are not able to increase in demands.
The work pressure, family and relationship issues, low self- esteem, and confidence are few of the reasons that are able to give you loads of stress and anxieties which can also lead to depression.
Stress increases the epinephrine and cortisol, stress hormones in our nervous system. The increased level of stress hormones can increase our blood pressure which results in an imbalance of hormones leading to heart stroke and increased blood sugar levels.
Various studies have shown that meditation helps to lower the stress hormones in your body by lowering your blood pressure and breathing rate.
You can practice different types of meditations like mantra meditation, yoga meditations.
All of them as a result give you an emotionally and mentally healthier body.
- Help fight addiction
Meditation can also help you to fight your addictions that are damaging you like drugs and alcohol.
It helps you to improve your willpower and control your emotions. With strong willpower, you can focus on your goals with a clear vision by overcoming your addictions.
Meditation helps you to take control of your senses giving you a broad vision of impacts of present on our future.
J. Donald Walters said, “The more regularly and the more deeply you meditate, the sooner you will find yourself acting always from a center of peace.”
- Helps to control pain sensations
Meditation is controlling your senses. And pain is a perception of your state of mind. Consistent practice of meditation helps you to reduce the idea of pain in your mind to a certain extent.
Meditation works as a self regulation medicine of your body.
Meditation is a practice that you can do anywhere, like while walking, before bed, in your room while sitting idle.
You do not require special equipments. The only thing you need to slow down your pace, relax and observe your body movements. Let the thoughts come in and go. Don’t stick. Release yourself.
You can’t be perfect in meditation, it is a practice.
It reduces blood pressure, regulates your hormones, improves your overall health with your mind awakening.
It also helps in anti-aging by reducing your stress hormones and your anxieties. It’s a way of healthy living.
Daily 20 minutes of meditation leaves you with a good mood and positive thoughts giving you inner peace and happiness.
It is a gateway to kindness and humility. And, gives you a strong mind and body control which helps you to live the life of your choice.
It is the way to recharge your body by letting go of negative thoughts, stress, fatigue. This can work as a supplement to recharge your body.
So, try this, you will surely see results.