Mindfulness Meditation Practice

17 Proofs Why Meditation is Good for Your Mental & Physical Health

In everyday life, we are obliged to work really really hard to to pay bills, raise children, buy cars and mortgage, and fulfill other needs. We sometimes fail to accomplish those goals; and get upset, worried, stressed out or depressed.

We live in the society that we have to adapt to what we don’t really want to. Essentially, social anxieties often make us live under a lot of pressure which directly affects our mood, and make us less positive and self assured.

Social anxiety is the fear of being judged and evaluated negatively by other people, leading to feelings of inadequacy, inferiority, self-consciousness, embarrassment, humiliation, and depression.

To conquer these conditions in daily basis, people act in different ways such as doing physical exercise example yoga, relaxing with calm music, gathering with friends, walking in the park and mindfulness practice.

Some people search for retreats as their vacations to withdraw their complex daily routine.

However, meditation is considered an effective mindfulness practice which is a profound, rich and calming effect on the body and mind. It advocate feelings of peace and a sense of awareness. It is said that meditation gives us a more meaningful experience of life that will enrich us permanently.

Meditation can be a fun for anyone and it is believed that you will feel healthier physically and mentally in everyday life.

If you are newbie and want to know feel a sense of it, go through 5 simple meditation tips.

Here are 17 proven extracted proofs why you should meditate for your daily physical and mental health.

1. It Makes You Calmer and Happier

Yoga and meditation retreat
Yoga and meditation retreat. Photo credit: Expat Woman

Meditation causes the pituitary gland in our brain to secrete endorphins that help elevate mood and have a positive effect on the whole body. It also alters brain activity to enhance the area associated with positive emotional experiences.

Once our brain system receives positive emotional experiences we return to our natural state of feeling calm, connected to ourselves and confident in meeting the challenges of life. When we experience this it feels good and it shows!

2. It Reduces Stress

Endorphins also act as a means of reducing stress levels in the brain; so by meditating you can stop worrying about the little things in life and concentrate on the exploration of yourself and the promotion of positive feelings.

3. It Helps You Concentrate

Meditating allows you to learn how to discipline yourself and this will reflect in your everyday lifestyle. When you address tasks, your mind will focus more naturally and you will experience an increased efficiency.

4. It Enhances Self-Awareness

Meditation consists of many forms.

Some simple forms teach you to recognize thoughts and embrace them. As you gain greater awareness of your thought habits, you can steer them toward more constructive patterns.

On the other hand, other forms may help you develop a much stronger understanding of yourself, helping you grow into your best self.

For example, self-inquiry meditation explicitly aims to help you develop a greater understanding of yourself and how you relate to those around you.

Self-inquiry and related styles of meditation can help you “know yourself.” This can be a starting point for making other positive changes.

Also, experience in meditation may cultivate more creative problem solving, feelings of patience and equanimity- and nurture pro-social interpersonal relationships (e.g., loving-kindness).

5. It Improves Sleep

A sleeping woman from meditation

Scientific studies have shown that those who meditate enhance their slow wave sleep pattern, which can help fight insomnia. Furthermore, focusing the mind on mental and physical processes will aid relaxation and consequently, sleep.

6. It Lowers Blood Pressure

Research has also shown that meditation can reduce blood pressure, both in the short term and later in life.

By decreasing psychological stress and increasing coping ability, blood pressure decreases, helping you pursue a healthier life.

7. It Relieves Pain

Long term practice of meditation can lead to physical changes in the brain that help alter the perception of pain. Those who meditate will experience lower pain sensitivity.

Mindfulness meditation can also help those who suffer chronic pain come to terms.

8. It Connects You With Yourself and Others

A group of meditators at ancient temple in Siem Reap. Photo credit: Sabara Angkor Resort
A group of meditators at ancient temple in Siem Reap. Photo credit: Sabara Angkor Resort

The more you meditate the more you become aware of who you are. When we allow the mind to go beyond those everyday levels of thinking we may get stuck in and experience deeper more expansive states of ourselves, this experience begins to inform us of our deep subtler nature.

After a short while, we experience a more quiet, calmer and dynamic sense of who we are.

Our relationships or social interaction become deeper and more meaningful based on the simple principle, ‘the more you know your self the more you can know another’.

9. It Strengthens Your Aura

Practicing meditation increases your positive energy, which effectively makes you more pleasant to be around. People naturally gravitate towards positivity so your strengthened aura will help you enjoy others’ company whilst they make the most of yours.

10. It Increases Your Capacity To Learn

By stimulating the prefrontal cortex, we are also awakening the brains learning center. More brain volume = more brain power.

11. It Increases Empathy And Compassion

Caring compassion
Caring compassion. Credit: Public Domain Files

These 2 are such games changers in our world and scientific studies reveal that our ability to be compassionate and empathetic is really a brain game.

Regular meditation rewires the brain and increases our ability to be able to consider the feelings and needs of others and how we could be of service.

12. It Increases Purpose And Meaning

While meditating, you become aware of what you think is really important for your life, what you are passionate about and what you aren’t.

Regular meditation gives rise to clarity about what is important in life and a sense of confidence to make choices that enliven your passions and dissolve distractions.

Life takes on greater meaning and you feel a deeper sense of purpose and satisfaction.

13. It May Help Fight Addictions

The mental discipline you can develop through meditation may help you break dependencies by increasing your self-control and awareness of triggers for addictive behaviors.

Research has shown that meditation may help people learn to redirect their attention, increase their willpower, control their emotions and impulses and increase their understanding of the causes behind their addictive behaviors.

Mindfulness practice through meditation may also help you control and recover from alcohol addiction. It helps reduce emotional and binge drinking.

14. It Causes Muscle Relaxation

Muscle tension is generally caused by stress and when left unchecked can cause all kinds of problems such as vertebrae displacement, spinal issues and lack of mobility in the body.

Meditation postures like sitting crossed legs and straight body and hand positions allow your body to relax via deeply breathing.

15. It Slows The Ageing Process

Science says that meditation significantly increases melatonin and DHEA and decreases cortisol, which has a significant impact on slowing the ageing process down.

16. It Could Make Going Through Cancer Just A Little Less Stressful.

Research from the Jefferson-Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine shows that mindfulness coupled with art therapy can successfully decrease stress symptoms among women with breast cancer.

Also, imaging tests show that it is actually linked with brain changes related to stress, emotions and reward.

17. It Improves Sociability.

Taking time out for yourself is really important but for us to live a full rich life, we need meaningful connections with others.

Nervousness, anxiety and feeling down or disorientated can play a big role in not wanting to hang out with people.

Meditation increases our ability to get out there and connect with others as a result of feeling more connected to ourselves and clearer and more confident about what is happening inside us.

Conclusion

All of the benefits of meditation listed to help you become a healthier person physically and mentally.

Reducing blood pressure, anxiety, stress and depression helps you to handle pain and illness better and as an individual you can expect to become calmer, happier, and more centered.

Incorporating mindfulness meditation practice daily will help you lead to a healthy, long and fulfilled life.

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