Meditation is good for you, good for me, good for us! Scientists say so, psychologists and doctors say so, our loved one's say so, your neighbor says so and media agrees. Very well, but why is meditation good for you? How does it help? First of all, there are many kinds of meditation and they may potentially have different benefits.
Many people focus on the physical benefits — improved sleep patterns, a better immune system, more ability to focus, less stress, higher pain tolerance, for example—while others may be more interested in psychological benefits, such as increased empathy, patience, focus, and so on. Another benefit that inspires people to meditate can be spiritual: the space to go deeper into their faith, a greater sense of connection and an opportunity to explore the non-material are just a few facets of the spiritual dimension.
People who meditate generally lead happier lives than those who don’t. Meditation is known to enhance the flow of constructive thoughts and positive emotions. Even a few minutes spent meditating regularly can make a big difference. Scientific evidence supports this claim: extensive studies were conducted on a group of Buddhist monks as they were meditating. The pre-frontal cortex of the monks’ brains (the part associated with happiness) was found to be extra active.
Apart from enhancing your happiness and improving your overall well-being, meditation also helps your memory stay sharp and your concentration remain steady. With mindfulness meditation, you train in remaining aware of the present moment in a non-judgmental manner. Consequently, distractions are less and less likely to sweep you away. Just one more reason why you should meditate.
Meditation helps you manage anxiety, stress and depression.
The transformative potential of meditation shouldn’t be underestimated. Studies conducted at the University of Wisconsin proved that meditation has physiological effects on the brain. For example, researchers found that the part of the brain that regulates stress and anxiety shrinks when meditation is practiced consistently. By focusing on moment-by-moment experiences, meditators are training the mind to remain calm, even in stressful situations. Along with this, they also experience significantly less anxiety due to uncertainty about the future.
When meditation is part of our lives, our capacity to focus is better; our problem-solving abilities are more accurate and more skillful because our attention is a hundred percent there. Naturally we will be more competent when it comes to solving whatever problem arises.
M editation and anger management. Anger is something that needs to be managed. What happens with many people is that instead of finding a way to manage it, they look for a way to suppress or control it, or they act it out in ways that are unskillful.
Our minds and our bodies are connected. If we’re unhappy for an extended time, our bodies become weaker and more susceptible to illness. In the same way, when we’re physically run down, it adversely affects our minds. If you have a healthy, peaceful mind, your perception of the world reflects that. You make informed decisions and can appreciate the goodness in your life and the lives of those around you. Meditation leads to a healthy, peaceful mind. It is something anyone can do, any time, any moment.
To see what meditation can do for you , you just need to try it . Don’t imagine that you can’t !