5 Benefits of Meditation – What Meditation Can Do For You
OK, you’ve heard about meditating and maybe even thought about taking up the habit. But what are the benefits of meditation? Can you expect anything other than feeling a bit more relaxed?
1. Quieter mind
Most of us experience some form of “mind chatter”. Some people call it talking to yourself. Others experience it as a nagging voice that keeps telling you that you’re no good at whatever it is you’re trying to do. Meditating regularly will help to reduce your mind chatter and give you a quieter mind. In turn this will allow you to concentrate more. Over time, you’ll find your mind stays quiet for longer.
2. Improved heath
This isn’t just a “sales pitch”. Many hospitals around the globe use meditation to help reduce stress, especially when someone is suffering from a terminal illness and has a weakened immune system. Of course, you shouldn’t wait to become ill – you can start practicing meditation now and experience the health benefits that will follow from your meditation sessions.
Partly because you often need to sit or stand still whilst you’re meditating, you’ll find yourself becoming more relaxed as a by-product of your meditation. Some meditation techniques are actually quite physical, so you may not experience a feeling of relaxation in every different method you sample.
4. Pain reduction
A number of guided meditations focus on pain reduction. Because pain is subjective (we all experience it differently), it’s difficult to find any scientific proof for this. But you can test the idea quickly and cheaply yourself – a guided meditation aimed at reducing pain will cost you around the same as a cheap restaurant meal, so you have little to lose and much to gain.
5. Increased awareness
Because meditation encourages you to focus more, chances are that you’ll find yourself becoming more aware of both yourself and the things around you. You’ll start to notice things that you’d have ignored before. So maybe you’ll “catch yourself” before you decide to puff on a cigarette or take an extra bite of that cake. Or maybe you’ll just be a little bit more in tune with the world around you. Whatever is the case with you, I’m sure you’ll begin to notice things changing for the better over the days and weeks that you practice your meditating.
The next step is to try meditation for yourself. It’s easy to start and there are many different methods you can use, so you’re sure to find one that fits you and works with your daily routine.