The Many Benefits of Meditation

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What Is Meditation and How Do You Meditate?

The “technical” definition of meditation is – a written or spoken discourse expressing considered thoughts on a subject. Obviously, there are much better explanations of what meditation is, so let’s explore a couple of those to gain a better perspective on what exactly it is that we’re discussing in this post. Wikipedia’s explanation of meditation is – a practice where an individual focuses their mind on a particular object, thought or activity to achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm state and another explanation of meditation I found is – a state of deep inner peace that occurs when the mind is calm, still and silent. I, personally like the latter of the two, but that’s just me. So, how do you do it? 

There are many techniques that are taught for meditating and hundreds of videos on YouTube and elsewhere online that teach you meditation techniques. So, how do you know which ones to follow; especially if you’ve never done any meditating. I’ve found meditation to be a very personal experience that requires a little “trial and error” to find out what will and won’t work for an individual, as far as technique goes.

Here are a few tips and techniques that work well for me, but I highly suggest that you try out different ways to meditate until you find a couple of things that work best for you. Remember the goal here is to quiet the mind and to gain inner-peace so that you can better deal with stress and other undesirable things, that you are faced with in your life. Okay, let’s take a quick look at some of the things I do before, during, and directly after meditating, before we discuss the many benefits of meditation.

  • Sit in a comfortable position, or lie down
  • Use headphones and have a playlist of peaceful, calming music ready or find a zen playlist on YouTube to listen to while meditating.
  • Close your eyes and slow your breathing down. A good practice is to breathe in thru the nose for a count of 7, hold for 6, then breathe out thru the mouth for a count of 8. Do this several times to relax your body and release any muscles that are tight.
  • Now, it’s time to release stress and relax every part of the body. This is accomplished by focusing on individual parts of the body, relaxing them one at a time. I start at feet, picturing them in my mind and imagining them relaxing slowly. Then I move up to my ankles, my calves, so on and so forth, until I’ve moved thru my entire body and finished by relaxing my jaw and even my eyebrows.
  • Then I picture in my mind a beautiful, serene, peaceful place (for me it’s usually a white beach, with no one on it but me). I listen to the gentle waves hitting the shore, I hear the sound of seagulls flying overhead, I imagine the way the sand feels between my toes and imagine I can feel the warm sun on my body as I lay peacefully on the white sandy beach.
  • Continue your slow breathing, in thru the nose and out thru the mouth, during this entire process and continue focusing on your peaceful place for however long you choose to meditate. This can be 10 minutes or an hour, it’s a personal experience, as I stated earlier and only you can decide how much time you have in your day to meditate.
  • Try to spend long enough, at least, to give you a feeling of release from stress and worry. Hopefully, you will also have had some peace and inner calm restored to you, as well during this time.
  • Then, just be still for a couple of minutes directly after, just to remind yourself to carry this feeling of peace with you when you go back to your life and all the things waiting for you there.

 

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Benefits of Meditation

Physical Benefits of Meditation:

  • Slows Down the Aging Process         
  • Helps to Manage Stress
  • Better Sleep
  • Helps With Weight Loss
  • Calms Neurotransmitters
  • Helps Beat Addiction
  • Relieves Pain
  • Boost Endorphins
  • Builds a Bigger Brain
  • Boost Serotonin Levels
  • Growth Hormone
  • Promotes Faster Healing
  • Super Antioxidant
  • Provides Deep Relaxation
  • Boost GABA (gamma-Aminobutyric acid)
  • Boost DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone)
  • Boost Melatonin
  • Whole Brain Synchronization
  • Reduced Cortisol Production
  • Better Stress Responses
  • Increased Energy
  • Increased Libido
  • Strengthens Immune System
  • More T Cells and Antibodies
  • More Endorphins
  • Better Gene Expression
  • Longevity
  • Lengthen Telomeres
  • Boost Telomeres
  • Reduces Inflammation
  • Aids in Digestion
  • Healthier Brain
  • Lowers Cholesterol
  • Helps With PMS
  • Relaxes the Nervous System
  • Reduces Muscle Tension
  • Lowers Respiratory Rate

 

Mental Benefits of Meditation:

  • Helps Overcome OCD
  • Boost Learning Ability
  • Quiets Mind Chatter
  • Boost Brain Power
  • Better Focus and Concentration
  • Helps With Bi-Polar Disorder
  • Improves Memory
  • Better Mind-Body Connection
  • More Motivation
  • More Positive Mindset
  • Improves Mental Awareness
  • Improves Will Power and Discipline
  • Mental Clarity
  • Emotional Stability
  • Improves Relationships
  • More Patience
  • More Considerate of Others
  • Helps Cure Anxiety Disorders
  • Control Anger
  • Cure Phobias
  • More Successful
  • Positive Outlook on Life
  • Increases Happiness and Over-All Quality of Life

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Blessings to Everyone,

Sherry

Be-Envied Health and Fitness

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