“Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. It is a way of entering into the quiet that is already there – buried under the 50,000 thoughts the average person thinks every day” – Deepak Chopra
So, what is meditation about? These days meditation and mindfulness is becoming more mainstream and talked about. However meditation has been around for thousands of years. It’s a practice that has stood the test of time and within this one word, there exists almost an infinite number of variations to the practice of mindfulness. That said, the essence of meditation is singular; the cultivation of mindful awareness and expanded consciousness. Meditation has long been used to move beyond the mind’s stress-inducing thoughts and emotional upsets into the peace and clarity of present moment awareness.
How people are drawn to meditation can differ dramatically from individual to individual. Some begin meditating because of a recommendation, the health benefits of lowered blood pressure/stress reduction, or maybe just to get more restful sleep. Others start meditation looking for relief from the fearful, angry, or painful thoughts that constantly flood their mind. Whilst others come to meditation to find greater self-understanding, to increase their intuitive powers, or to improve their ability to concentrate.
Maybe one, or a combination of these apply to you?
So, what are the benefits of meditating?
A number of the benefits have been aluded to above, however a non-exhaustive list of benefits that come from a daily meditation practice is detailed below:
1. A Calmer and Clearer Life
Modern, everyday life is suffocating our minds of the peace we ultimately desire! The modern day technological advancements should be aiding us in our search for inner peace, however more often than not it actually suffocates our minds with constant distraction. Meditation helps put those events in perspective for our daily tasks.
2. Lowered Blood Pressure
Scientifically proven, meditation lowers the blood pressure, which in return is related to your stress levels and stress management. This is a far better approach to dealing with stress than resorting to medication!
3. You Attract More People to You
Regular meditation results in higher/positive energy that you are consistently tapping into. People naturally gravitate to the people who make them feel good. Plus the better you’ll feel too.
4. Strenghten Your Connection with God/The Divine/Higher Consciousness
Spiritual awareness is strengthened with a daily meditation practice. You naturally become more aware of your surroundings, and higher awareness always leads to a deeper connection with your spirituality. Deeper awareness opens your eyes and senses to things you never may have noticed in the past.
5. Meditation Can Benefit You Better Than Deep Sleep
Meditation is known to put you into a deeper state of rest than deep sleep. Deep sleep is associated with delta brainwaves. Deep meditation can drop you into that delta brainwave very quickly, achieving the effects in a shorter amount of time. Next time you’re thinking of that power nap, try meditating – you’ll get more bang for your buck!
6. Solutions to Problems Appear
For every problem, a solution exists. However we need clarity of mind to both remember, and achieve the desired outcome. When your mind is clear and you’re in a state of peace, solutions appear. Being in a state of peace just naturally attracts solutions and pathways into your field of view.
7. Clearer Focus and Increased Productivity
If solutions to problems appear more frequently when meditating daily, then imagine what happens to your everyday tasks. Solutions to everyday life become more and more obvious. And you begin to take note of these subtle changes as your spiritual vision grows clearer and wider.
8. Increased Life Expectancy
Regular meditation is also believed to increase your life expectancy. It’s pretty obvious to see; less stress and more peace promotes healthy cells, and healthy cells regenerate healthier cells. Chooce peace, and choose a longer life.
9. Reduce Stress in Your Life
Meditation has a profound effect on reducing stress in your body. Because meditation promotes peace and inner calm, stress dissolves dramatically from this meditative process. Again, science has proven it.
10. You Can Visualize Powerfully When Combined With Positive Affirmations and Meditation
Meditation is powerful at clearing the mind and focusing on simple things, like breathing. But, it can be used for so much more. To powerfully manifest your desires, you must get into a clear connection with the source of manifesting (God/Universe/Ethers/Higher Consciousness). If your spirits are on high while you visualize then the communication channel for manifesting positive events in your life is strengthened.
While meditating you can repeat affirmations, otherwise known as mantras, to help focus your energy into the positive. These statements can be as simple as “love” or “I am love, I am joy, I am peace” or “I am a pool of calm”.
11. Feel Fantastic Throughout Your Day!
And finally, when you meditate on a regular basis, you just feel fantastic. Plain and simple. You feel good. And let’s be honest, all we want in life is to feel good – it’s the motivation behind everything we do ultimately; so why not tap into that happiness on a regular basis?
I have been practicing mediation for many years, however in the beginning it was more ad hoc and without regular application. So I never really felt the benefits. I’m sure they were there, developing below the surface, as even one session will have an impact on your neural pathways, but like with everything else in life, when you perform something with sufficient regularity, you’ll really start noticing the difference. Once I committed to meditating on a daily basis, my whole demeanour changed. Most notably was the way I dealt with stress; I felt calmer and more in control. But there’s more to it than just feeling calmer…
Ultimately, the purpose of meditation depends on the meditator – but it is also true that anyone who has had an introduction to meditation and continues to meditate regularly receives amazing benefits on all of these levels – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.