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The Top 10 Benefits of Meditation

Meditation has been used for hundreds of years by individuals seeking inner peace, enlightenment and a break from the everyday stressers of life. The practice is thought to benefit the mind, body and spirit in a multitude of ways. Below are the top 10 most significant positive effects of meditation:

1.  It is thought to promote cardiovascular healthy by slowing the heart rate and pace of breathing, as well as increasing the flow of blood to the heart. This effect is thought to lower blood pressure, increase exercise capacity and reduce stress, all of which promote cardiovascular wellness.

2.  Meditation may help individuals with chronic illnesses manage their conditions by lowering stress levels, which is known to lead to a healthier mind and body.

3. Practicing the mind-body exercise on a regular basis may help strengthen an individual’s immune system by stimulating blood flow, inducing relaxation and helping the body eliminate free radicals, which are known to cause cellular damage.

4. Meditation has been shown in multiple studies to reduce a person’s response to pain. This may be especially beneficial for individuals with chronic migraines, fibromyalgia or other conditions in which regular discomfort is experienced.

5. Individuals who meditated on a regular basis may find that they have improved self-esteem and a more positive outlook on life. This may be due to a number of physiological factors, such as increased serotonin levels, as well as a clearer sense of one’s self stemming from introspection.

6. People with fears or phobias may be helped by meditation, since the mind-body practice is thought to help individuals resolve their inner problems.

7. Meditation has many benefits for the career-minded, as it may help increase creativity, strengthen one’s ability to focus and improve memory. Moreover, the stress-relieving benefits of the practice have been helping businessmen and women reduce workplace tension for many years.

8. People who meditate may also find themselves becoming more compassionate individuals, as introspection has strong potential to promote empathy.

9. Meditation may help individuals deepen their spiritual connection with a higher being, or simply become more aware that they have a spiritual side. Today, many people unfortunately overlook this aspect of themselves.

10. Living in the moment by pushing aside the worries of the past or future is known to help people achieve a more fulfilled existence. A focus on the present is what meditation is all about, so people whose minds are constantly occupied with concerns may want to give the mind-body practice a try.

Shar Ray is a member of Dahn Yoga – one of the largest yoga and tai chi companies in the world with its own unique style and brand of yoga. Dahn Yoga is rooted in the rich history of an ancient Asian mind-body practice, Sun Do, and in the wisdom of the Chun Bu Kyung.

14 Responses to The Top 10 Benefits of Meditation

  1. thank u for this information!

  2. The Vizier says:

    Hi Shar Ray,

    Indeed meditation is vital to the well-being of the human race.  This is a great list of benefits of meditation that you have put together!  The ones that stand out most for me are as follows.  

    7.  I feel that meditation is a great way to relieve stress.  In this stressed out world, there are many diseases that are the products of stress.  Meditation is one simple and effective way of reducing the chances of getting these diseases.  By tackling stress which is the root of the problem, we can live longer, healthier lives.  

    Just as importantly, meditation does wonders for our health in points 1, 2, 3 and 4 as you described.  All these benefits which are the byproducts of meditation help to improve the quality of our lives which in turn makes for greater happiness amongst our loved ones.

    Thank you for sharing this lovely article!  :)

    Irving the Vizier

  3. Good post. Clearly, meditation is filled with all kinds of benefits for both our minds and body. If anyone is interested in some of the science behind this you should check out a post I did called The Benefits of Mindfulness. I go over a lot of the research behind these benefits.

  4. Coach Nea says:

    Thanks for this post Shar Ray. I find that meditation helps me to sort of push the reset button on my mind.  It leads me to a sense of emotional peace that spills over into every aspect of my life. 

  5. Suzanne says:

    Good post and very true. When one does not quiet the mind, it is like shaking a pop can and lifting the tab. Sooner or later one will explode either mentally physically or emotionally. Trusting yourself and your body to know what is right and in what dose will allow you so much freedom. Listen to yourself. Inside you are very wise. Quiet your mind and hear what the genius is telling you.

  6. Bilal Kamoon says:

    Very useful post, I’ve always admired meditation as a great way to achieve instant awareness and also as a method to provide great health benefits 😀

  7. Farouk says:

    great tips, each time i read a post about meditation i decide to begin
    hope i do it after this one

  8. Kevin Asuncion says:

    I started meditating just a few months ago and it’s be awesome.  I started w/ just 10 breathes, but have worked my way up to 50 daily.  Definitely something I aim to keep up through 2012 and beyond.

  9. also meditation helps to achieve a goal , the main thing which arise from meditation is deceive ,determination like your views also its myself experience

  10. Webpro4hire says:

    I find that meditation helps me become more aware of my emotions faster.  That way, I do not end up getting carried away by my emotion.   This gives me time to think before acting impulsively.

  11. Nikita says:

    Very insightful! I’m a regular meditator and can vouch for all that you’ve written! Luckily, I’m attending a meditation camp in India. They’re having them all over the country! 

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  13. DrLeadBasedPaint says:

    This is very nice, but there’s no instructions. If I was going to meditate, what would I do?

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