What is meditation? What are the benefits of meditation and techniques for newbies to begin with?
What is meditation? What are the benefits of meditation?
Let it unfold in this blog.
“Awareness is aliveness.”
In my previous blog, I did mention about humans having a certain level of mental energy. In the present day, this energy is getting sapped by various monsters whom we have given the control, and it’s your biggest enemy if it controls you. The mind is your greatest friend if you control it. Meditation is a utility tool which can overcome these distractions and the ill-effects rising from them— moving ahead with meditation.
Meditation is an act of relaxation. With saying relaxation, I mean, is to zone yourself into a state of no thoughts. Staying in a state of no-thoughts is more demanding than being told. It’s our mind which is conditioned to consume information all the time. But never to relax and peacefully think about it, which is making us suffer from anxiety, paranoia and depression. With meditation, we overcome the ill-effects of being modern but become calm, focussed and have improved abilities like that of communication and clarity.
What are the benefits of meditation?
The benefits of meditation are observed on the emotional level; but also in the physical and spiritual level too.
The reduction is stress:
Physical and mental stress causes the body to produce a hormone called Cortisol which causes many problems; the best one being known is inflammation inside the body.
High cortisol level disrupts sleep, causes depression, fatigue and anxiety, and causes high blood pressure.
A group of participants enrolled for the meditation. Their reports saw a reduction in inflammation response by stress.
Many forms of meditation reduce stress. Meditation reduces the symptoms in people with stress-triggered medical conditions.
Control over anxiety:
Reduction stress means lessening of anxiety. It also reduced anxiety-related issues like paranoid thought and phobias.
A study with 2500 participants showed a reduction in anxiety levels.
Better emotional health:
How meditation helps in improving emotional health?
Some forms of meditation can improve and create a more positive outlook on life. Research shows that keeping up the habit of meditation may help you keep up these benefits long term.
A group of volunteers from a 3 years of meditation program found a reduction in the level of long term depression.
The comparison of electrical activities was studied. It was between the brains of people who practiced mindfulness meditation and the mind of others who did not. Those who practiced meditation showed changes in activity in regions inside the brain related to positive thinking and optimism.
Increase in awareness:
People practicing meditation have a better sense of self-awareness, good understanding of its own helps to become the best version of yourself.
People are found more steered towards constructive patterns.
Also, cultivation in more creative problem solving is experienced by people.
Increase in concentration:
Meditations which are focus based, they are similar to strength training for the brain. They improved concentration and endurance of the mind.
A study looked at the improvement in the participants’ ability to maintain and reorient their attention.
These workers who practiced meditation remembered details of their tasks better than their peers who didn’t.
Meditation for a short period, like four days, increased attention span.
Becoming more generous:
Meditation types like Metta is a practice of developing positive feelings, first toward yourself and then toward others. Metta increases positivity, empathy and compassionate behaviour toward others.
It usually involves showing kindness and forgiveness to people. Firstly towards friends, then acquaintances and lastly towards the enemies.
Studies of this form of meditation demonstrate the ability in people to increase compassion toward themselves and others.
The benefits tend to appear by accumulation over time with the practice of loving-kindness meditation.
Helps in fighting addiction:
Practicing meditation develops a sense of self-control and breaks the dependence of triggers for addictive behaviour.
Meditation helps you to control food cravings, assisting the participants in reducing emotional and binge eating.
A variety of meditation techniques helps to relax and control the thoughts that interfere with sleep cycles. It is shortening the time it takes to fall asleep and better the quality of sleep.
One study where volunteers segregated into two groups, while one group practised meditation, while the other didn’t.
Participants who meditated, they fell asleep sooner and stayed asleep longer, compared to those who didn’t meditate.
Meditation relaxes the body, releasing tension and drifting into a peaceful state in which you’re more likely to fall asleep.
Cure of pain:
Meditation mitigates the perception of pain in the brain. It also relieves chronic pain when used as a supplement to medical care or physical therapy.
A study used functional MRI techniques to observe brain activity in the participants. A set of participants did go through four days of meditation sessions, while others didn’t.
The meditating patients had increased activity in the brain centres known to control pain. They also reported less sensitivity to pain.
One more extensive study looked at the effects of frequent meditation. It showed that meditation was associated with decreased complaints of chronic or intermittent pain.
An additional study on patients with terminal diseases found meditation may help mitigate chronic pain at the end of life.
Blood pressure becoming normal:
Blood pressure decreases during meditation and also over time in individuals who meditate regularly. It can reduce strain on the heart and arteries, helping prevent heart disease.
High blood pressure usually causes atherosclerosis, or narrowing of the arteries, which leads to heart attacks or strokes.
A review concluded that meditation improves blood pressure.
In part, the reflection appears to control blood pressure. It relaxes the nerve signals coordinating with the heart function, tension in blood vessels and the “fight-or-flight” response under stressful situations.
Meditation technique for beginners:
The meditation techniques for beginners to start with are as follows:
- Before making an investment, we need to save. Please start conserving your vital force to yield better results.
- Regular practice is necessary.
- Spare 20 minutes daily. Once it becomes the daily routine, meditation becomes the best part of your day.
- Within two months of regular practice, anyone can experience the benefits of meditation.
- It’s essential to be on a light/empty stomach. Digestion requires high metabolism. But meditation lowers the metabolic rate of the body.
- For beginners, it’s easier if you’re sitting in a quiet, clean place. Once you become skillful in meditation, you can meditate anywhere.
- If you’re getting thoughts during meditation, observe them. Don’t resist them.
You can read my blog on Tatrak Meditation also. But its an advance form of it.
Meditation is like a seed. With love, a seed blossoms more.
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To share everything with you that I’ve learnt to help me get my life back on the track in various aspects of life. Be patient with yourself. Self-Growth is tender.