Maybe you’ve been meditating for a lifetime, or if you’ve never meditated at all, it’s common to question yourself. Why am I doing this? Or why should I do it? What’s the point? It’s simple really, the answer as a whole is relaxation. Yes, relaxation, extraordinary relaxation. Meditation helps us stay on the ground and opens many doors to life fulfilment and happiness. Mediation can help you relax and understand tension and stress that may often occur in your life. It is possible to cultivate awareness, acknowledgement and acceptance with the energy and information of your life.
Using meditation allows you to open your heart up, build internal and external compassion, and inspire love and change.
If you’re considering allowing meditation into your life, consider the benefits meditation can have on your overall health and wellness. Here are seven reasons why meditation can help you.
Supports emotional health and well-being
Because of the benefits of frequent meditation, you can improve your self-image and self-worth. When meditating, you will get a clear picture of your mind and become more aware of your thoughts and emotions within that moment. Because meditative practices promote positive thinking, you can improve your overall emotional health.
Ancient Tibetan Buddhism principles are illustrated in the science behind meditation and explain why the effects are self-care. Practitioners agree that meditating is effective at deepening understanding about: physical, mental, and emotional disturbances.
2. Enhance empathy
Loving, kind, and compassionate meditation can produce a neural connection to the brain linked to positive emotions such as empathy and kindness. Meditating can build social connectedness that makes you more affectionate and a more harmonious person.
3. Improves cognition
By cultivating the space for meditation into your daily routine, you can increase your brain behaviour and perceptions. Studies show that transcending and mindful meditation improves brain problems, like solving and decision-making skills, and heightens your overall concentration and attention. Overall, people who are meditating daily show more focus than they otherwise may have.
4. Understanding stress
Stress sometimes is inevitable, and your body’s unique response to stress can vary depending on many factors. We know that stress hormones in the body activate the nervous system, responsible for your fight or flight response. Studies have shown that consistently practising meditation can lower cortisol levels in the brain and give them more resilience and insight.
5. Helps with depression
Introducing meditation to your life can significantly benefit depression management strategies and reduce loneliness and low moods symptoms. Studies have shown that mindful meditation programs reduce depression and negative thinking.
6. Regulates anxiety and mood disorders
Meditating might help you with mood disorders and anxiety, such as phobias, panic disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and bipolar mood swings. By adding daily meditation, you will likely better recognise any emotional ups and downs that come and go.
7. Can help with pregnancy and post-partum
It’s often that pregnant women are trying to cope with the emotions of pregnancy and mood fluctuations. That’s why finding a balance and adding meditation during your pregnancy can have a positive impact.
Because meditation can have similar effects as antidepressant drugs, pregnant women and new mothers benefit from practising meditating. By practising meditation and mindfulness, it promotes a healthy pregnancy and early parenthood. Not only can it help during pregnancy, but it can also help you develop a secure connection with your newborn.
What type of meditation might be best for you?
Mindfulness meditation is a type of meditation that teaches you to slow down racing thoughts, calm your mind and body, and let go of negative ones. By combining meditation with mindfulness, your mental state focuses on “the now;” it acknowledges and accepts your feelings and thoughts without judgment.
This kind of meditation uses words and images that evoke love and kindness toward others.
For those who don’t know much about meditation, retreats-groups are a great way to learn the core basics of meditation and techniques that you can take with you.
I like to find a quiet space, ring a singing bowl and then listen to my heart; usually, about 15-min daily is just about right. This way seems to be the best way to enjoy the process. And to quote from the book the Alchemist, “You will never be able to escape your heart. So it’s better to listen to what it has to say. That way, you’ll never have to fear an unanticipated blow.”
Whatever way you choose to meditate, you’ll be fine. Remember, meditation is not a destination you are engaging with; it’s a process.