The Benefits of Meditation
The practice of meditation has been around for thousands of years as an Eastern practice. Now the benefits of this simple, but powerful practice are being experienced worldwide.
If you’re wondering how the practice of meditation might benefit you, here are some of the primary benefits:
- It reduces your stress.
- It lowers your pain sensations.
- It reduces the cognitive decline associated with aging.
- It increases alertness.
- It increases heart health.
- It increases your immune system.
- It lowers your blood pressure if it’s too high.
- It increases your lifespan.
- It aids in weight loss by reducing your stress eating.
Many studies have proven the effectiveness of meditation. Jon-Kabat Zinn, Professor of Medicine Emeritus and creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, helped bring meditation to the mainstream. His program, which helps people with stress, anxiety, pain, and illness, is now offered by medical centers, and hospitals.
How Can I Learn to Meditate?
- Find a quiet place, sit comfortably, and close your eyes.
- Become conscious of your breathing. Notice the breath as it goes in and out of your nose, or as your chest rises and falls.
- When your attention wanders, as it will, guide your focus back to the breath.
- Continue for as many minutes as you choose. Even one minute is calming. More experienced meditators aim for 20 minutes twice a day.
Although it’s a simple process, you will quickly become aware of how many thoughts interrupt your meditation. Most people have up to 60,000 thoughts a day, and those thoughts aren’t going to slow down just because you’ve decided to focus on your breath. That’s the challenge! But there’s a big-time payoff, and that comes in the form of the many benefits! For this reason, many of my programs and products include meditation.