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10 Important benefits of meditation

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10 benefits of meditation

10 benefits of meditation Meditation has been with us for thousands of years. Historians speculate that our ancient hunter gatherer ancestors may have discovered meditation and its altered state of consciousness while staring at flames in their fires. Over a period of thousands of years meditation has evolved into structured practice. Its techniques are mentioned in ancient Indian texts called tantras which were written over 5000 thousand years ago ago. However the practice of meditation has only arrived on our Western shores as recently as the 60s and 70s of the 20th century. Since then scientists started studying the incredible benefits of meditation.

So what is meditation?

Meditation is single pointed concentration. You focus on one thing to bring inner calm and stillness. In these gaps of stillness you can find a calm and peaceful place which can help with a variety of things.

Here we would like to list 10 benefits that meditation has to offer you, which have all been found to transform people’s lives in a profound way.

1o Benefits Of Meditation

1. Stress reduction and anxiety reduction

Being in meditative state lowers the level of stress hormones in your body, as your cortisol levels drop significantly and remain low for hours. Cortisol is one of the most important stress hormones within your system as it is constantly present in our blood. When we get stressed our body produces higher amounts of cortisol which in turn has unhealthy effects on us. So by reducing the levels within our blood stream has positive benefits – you will feel relaxed and mentally refreshed.

There are many problems in life that you may feel anxious about. Meditation enables us to achieve a calmer state of mind and a clear head. By practicing meditation you will become much more level headed and able to tackle any unexpected issues that life may throw at you without anxiety. Meditation encourages mindfulness. Mindfulness is the moment to moment awareness of the present moment. Being mindful can reduce stress as you are just focusing on the present moment not worrying about past or future events.

2. Manifesting your dreams and connecting with a higher force.

Meditation helps you to clear out the past and to quieten the stories that we tell ourselves. When we clear out these stories we have room for our goals and desires to materialize and manifest. Mediation is also a way to connect to something or some being greater than yourself. This can mean different things for different people, it can be your god , the universe or the divine. But many people feel there is a force behind our World.

3. Relationship improvements

By regularly practicing meditation, you can enter a calmer state of mind that will allow you to become a better listener as you begin to have a greater capacity for empathy which in turn will allow you to form more meaningful and lasting relationships with people. Mediation makes you less reactive and gives you the space to think clearly before acting n a way that you might later regret.

4. Focus and brain functions benefits

Stress has an adverse effect on our brain. When under pressure we are responding to our daily demands without thinking. Our decision process is impaired as we act under impulse without thinking and this can lead to us making bad choices whether it be at work or in general. Our brain during a meditative state is in “restful alertness” which helps communication between different areas of the brain and increases its functioning. This helps us develop our judgement and gives us greater level of self-confidence and belief in ourselves.

5. Weight loss

High levels of cortisol when under stress makes the body store extra fat in abdominal area and makes us crave more fatty foods. Stress has a major negative influence on our eating habits. Meditation as we already discussed helps shed that extra cortisol in our blood stream this can effectively help us lose weight and will enhance our well being.

6. Gives you the strength to break bad habits.

Regularly practicing meditation gives us higher self-esteem and greater belief in ourselves. This in turn gives more strength in life and lets us overcome bad habits like smoking or alcohol addiction.

7. Heart and blood pressure

Meditation aids in lowering heart rate and blood pressure by slowing down breathing, which reduces the amount of oxygen needed. This leads to decreased risk of heart attacks.

8. Increased Creativity

Meditation is a bridge between a material and non-material world. It allows us to enter another reality that we cannot grasp with our 5 senses. When you mind is still you can connect to your inner wisdom and true nature so you have a clearer thinking of which way you should be going and good ideas can pop into your head , seemingly from no where. By meditating we can tap into the deeper dimensions of our mind which in turn spurns our creativity.

9. Depression

Meditation has been scientifically proven to be extremely effective when it comes to battling depression. By regularly practicing meditation we can clear our minds, and think much more rationally about situations. Over time we become stronger and can develop greater degree of self esteem which in turn helps us to combat depression.

10. Boosts our immune systems

Regular meditation reduces our heart rate and improves our cognitive functions which have been found to greatly improve our physiological state, and boosts our immune system.

There are many meditation techniques. Here is a simple one to begin with.

Before you begin make sure you are comfortable. You can sit in a chair or cross legged on a cushion on the floor. It is important you are comfortable and your spine is long and your shoulder are relaxed.

Watching Your Breath Meditation

Watching your breath is one of the simplest of all meditations.

So sitting quietly and breathing normally. Breathing in through your nose and out through your nose. Try not to direct the breath just allow it to be. Begin to count every time you breath out. When you get to 10 start again. Thoughts will come into your head and this is normal. Try not to cling onto these thoughts but instead see them floating away like clouds in the sky of your mind. You might feel frustrated by these thoughts, again this is normal and acknowledge this. It is important not to be hard on yourself. Continue to count the breath up to 10 and then back down to 1 again for about 10 minutes. After this bring yourself back to the present moment.

The more your meditate the easier it will become and you will start to find gaps of nothingness. Gaps of non thought in these gaps you will find peace and stillness. In the peace and stillness you will find an exquisite sense of perfection and calm. We have to practice meditation continuously to find bigger gaps of nothingness. The benefits and changes of meditation accumulate over time. These benefits may be subtle and even profound.

Here is a wonderful site which has some free audio meditations from a lovely lady called  Elisabeth Blaikie http://www.fragrantheart.com/ 

Fresh Start fitness holiday bootcamp in Thailand is one of Thailand’s leading boot camp holiday companies. We are based at the Spa Resort in Chiang Mai. The Spa Resort has daily free meditation classes which our guests can attend. If you are interested in attending one of our holidays please contact us here. Our aim is to help our guests get fitter and healthier and we believe in a holistic rejuvenation approach to health and wellness. Meditation and being present is an integral part of your overall health and well being. 

We hope you have enjoyed our benefits of meditation. Tell us below if you have tried meditating and have you any tips or stories to share.

 

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  1. Having read this I realize that there are 10 good reasons to meditate and what a difference it can make to our lives. Other people have mentioned it to me in the last couple of weeks and now seeing all the benifits in writing has made it much more understandable. I have meditated before but it is good to have a reminder of how good it is and I will definately meditate again. Thanks so much for such a good blog. Sue

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