When I was a younger, I thought Meditation was for hippies and weirdos. It certainly was not as popular as it is today. And even today, there are people out there who are sceptical of what it is, with its almost ‘cult-like’ status, promoting a form of new religion and the perception it will bring unlimited happiness to those that practice it.
There has, however, been a substantial amount of research by psychologists, doctors and other health professionals that have explored the practice of Mediation and whether or not it would be beneficial to Meditate as part of our day to day lives. The answer, in short, appears to be a resounding ‘yes!’.
It is important to note that Mediation is not the only solution to fix any difficulty or negative condition that arises. However, both the empirical evidence of health professionals, as well as the anecdotal evidence of meditators show that there are numerous benefits to be obtained from simply ‘shutting our eyes’ for a brief moment of time.
· Improved Ability to Focus
· Increased Creativity
· Deeper Level of Relaxation
· Natural Change in Breathing
· Lower Blood Pressure
· Decreased Cigarette, Alcohol, and Drug Abuse
· Increased Productivity
· Improved Relations at Work
· Increased Relaxation and Decreased Stress
· Improved Health and More Positive Health Habits
Depending on the specific need or purpose, meditation can be a useful tool as either a treatment or in conjunction with other forms of therapy and medication. Given that the science of meditation is still in its early foundations, it is worth noting that more work needs to be done to fully understand the benefits.
I view the practice of meditation as like a ‘gym workout for the mind’. It keeps my mind healthy and active. I can attest in my personal experiences of meditation that I have noticed the adoption of the above behaviours and have also received comments from others, about me, in relation to the above.
Why do you meditate? What most interests you about the practice of Meditation? Please take a few moments to share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.
For more information, refer to this article on the benefits of meditation by Lorin Roche Ph.D.