Meditation is a technique that involves resting the mind and achieving a state of consciousness unique from the normal waking state. In meditation the mind is clear, relaxed, and inwardly focused. While you remain completely awake and alert, your mind is not focused on the external world or the events surrounding you, but rather on your own inner dimensions.
There are enormous documented health and mental benefits to meditation. Studies indicate that meditation improved both physical and emotional responses to stress. In one study, people who meditated regularly for six weeks showed less activation of their immune systems and less emotional distress when they were put in a stressful situation.
On a physical level, meditation can:
• Lower high blood pressure
• Decrease tension-related pain such as tension headaches, insomnia, muscle and joint aches
• Increase serotonin production that improves mood and behavior
• Fortifies the immune system
• Increases energy levels
Meditation also creates a relaxed state in the brain. It provides mental strength, resilience, and emotional intelligence, making the mind fresh, alert, and serene.
With regular practice of meditation:
• Anxiety decreases
• Emotional stability improves
• Creativity is enhanced
• Happiness is heightened
• Intuition develops
• You can gain clarity and peace of mind
• Thinking is sharpened through increased focus
• Thinking is expanded through relaxation
Meditation makes you conscious of the fact that your inner attitude determines your happiness. It cleanses and nourishes you from within and calms you when you feel overwhelmed, unstable, or emotionally shut down.
If you think that meditation might help you unwind a bit, there are dozens of techniques and disciplines available, from saying a mantra to staring at a candle flame to counting breaths. To reap the most benefit from meditation, regular practice is necessary. It only takes a few minutes every day and when incorporated into your daily routine, can be a refreshing and enriching part of your life! Dive deep into yourself and meditate for your longevity and well-being!