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Meditation - Benefits of Meditation

photo from super member yogitonmoy Meditation is one of the five principles of yoga. It an important tool to achieve mental clarity and health. An overview of the different beginner and advanced meditation techniques will aid in choosing the right meditation exercise for you.

Meditation Background

Research has shown that Meditation can contribute to an individual's psychological and physiological well-being. This is accomplished as Meditation brings the brainwave pattern into an alpha state, which is a level of consciousness that promotes the healing state. As discussed in the section "How does Meditation Work?", there is scientific evidence that Meditation can improve blood pressure and relieve pain and stress. In the coming sections, we have divided the health benefits of meditation in three parts: (1) physiological benefits; (2) psychological benefits; and (3) spiritual benefits.

Physiological Benefits of Meditation

  • Deep rest-as measured by decreased metabolic rate, lower heart rate, and reduced work load of the heart.
  • Lowered levels of cortisol and lactate-two chemicals associated with stress.
  • Reduction of free radicals- unstable oxygen molecules that can cause tissue damage.
  • Improved blood pressure.
  • Higher skin resistance. Low skin resistance is correlated with higher stress and anxiety levels.
  • Drop in cholesterol levels. High cholesterol is associated with cardiovascular disease.
  • Improved flow of air to the lungs resulting in easier breathing. This has been very helpful to asthma patients.
  • Slows down the aging process.

Psychological Benefits of Meditation

  • Increased brain wave coherence.
  • Greater creativity.
  • Decreased anxiety.
  • Decreased depression
  • Decreased irritability and moodiness
  • Improved learning ability and memory.
  • Increased self-actualization.
  • Increased feelings of vitality and rejuvenation.
  • Increased happiness.
  • Increased emotional stability.

Spiritual Benefits of Meditation

The longer an individual practices meditation, the greater the likelihood that his or her goals and efforts will shift toward personal and spiritual growth. Many individuals who initially learn meditation for its self-regulatory aspects find that as their practice deepens they are drawn more and more into the realm of the "spiritual." In her work with many cancer and AIDS patients, Dr. Borysenko has observed that many are most interested in meditation as a way of becoming more attuned to the spiritual dimension of life. She reports that many die "healed," in a state of compassionate self-awareness and self-acceptance.

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Wednesday 17th February 2010 at 8:03:04 AM  

really its very useful. from today onwards i am also starting yoga & meditation. thanks for information about meditation.

Monday 1st March 2010 at 10:23:31 AM  

it is realli a nice thing specially 4 me
i get very irritated on small small things

Friday 21st January 2011 at 5:31:25 AM  

Ya.. I will also start doing Meditation to avoid Confusion,that is bothering my life like anything...

Suresh babu
Friday 25th February 2011 at 9:29:22 AM  

Thanks for such a nice information,
Am going to start meditation from today onwards,

healthy living
Wednesday 2nd March 2011 at 4:56:35 AM  

I have heard of all these benefits that''s why I was attracted to meditation. On the other hand, I still can''t get it right... I really need more practice so that I can reap all these benefits.

kadam vishal
Friday 29th April 2011 at 1:01:29 PM  

I want to do meditation but i cant concentrate on myself .
Hw i control ?

Thursday 30th June 2011 at 4:57:52 AM  

Meditation has brought me peace and tanquility. In recent years, I have been suffering from mild depression and anxiety. Since I have been meditating, my stress level, depression and anxiety droped tremondously leaving me to control situations more effectively. One word MEDITATE.

Calm Mind
Wednesday 31st August 2011 at 12:01:23 PM  

Every interesting meditation information I think meditation is the key to success and the way to happiness that every one should learn

Tuesday 15th November 2011 at 4:40:25 AM  

i want to know more about meditation

Wednesday 21st December 2011 at 7:30:38 PM  


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