“If you are quiet enough, you will hear the flow of the universe. You will feel it’s rhythm. Go with this flow. Happiness lies ahead. Meditation is key.”
We discussed a few benefits of meditation in the previous blog, but as we all know and understand that the benefits of the ancient practice of meditation are manifold. As an individual becomes regular with practicing meditation, there is a visible increase in joy, peace, and enthusiasm. Let us explore a few more benefits here –
- Better self-awareness and positivity – Meditation helps quiet the mind, reduces the unwanted voices in your head, and helps you to be open to what may come to mind. Meditation requires you to be still and look inward for stress relief. Among the various forms of meditation, there are those that help you to be more self-aware and have a positive outlook towards life. This traditional practice helps us to be more curious about who we are and about what matters most in life. Along with this, we get a chance to take note of all the negative thoughts that invade our minds and consciously start engaging less in those activities. As an example, I would like to share with you all a study that was conducted on a group of women who were breast cancer survivors. They engaged in a Tai Chi program, and at the end of it, they experienced an improved outlook towards life and better self-esteem.
- Can help fight addictive behaviors – To fight any kind of addiction, an immense amount of will power and mental discipline is required but for some addicts this can be really tough. It truly takes a lot of will power and courage to break free from any addiction. But, if I may say so, regular meditation has proven to be one of the best ways to get rid of addictions completely. A research was conducted on a group of alcoholics wherein they were asked to follow a regular meditation program. Some of them followed the routine and few did not but those who did surely learnt how to control their impulses and emotions in a better manner.
- Improve clarity and attention – We all know that with age advancement comes a decreased level of clarity and attention and this can lead to bouts of memory loss for some people as well. Meditation has proved to be an effective way to focus thoughts and improve memory where participants engage in repetitive chants and mantras to gain clarity and have improved memory reducing instances. Numerous studies conducted down the years on various people have proved that meditation helps immensely as they not only gain more attentiveness but they become mentally strong as well.
- Better attitude towards others – We’ve been talking about a whole lot of benefits of meditation and to continue further, let us discuss how a positive attitude does not benefit you alone but also those around you. When you have better control over your emotions and outlook towards life, the people around you start feeling it too. Meditation helps us to become kinder and more forgiving towards people who might have wronged us in any way. The kindness and general feeling of positivity touch those who are not very close to you, as well. By following a regular meditation program, I have noticed a lot of changes within myself as the daily practice has led me to have positive feelings throughout each day. These feelings are not only beneficial to the person meditating but also to the world in general.
- Improve your health – We all wish to be happy, positive, and healthy. Better overall health is a goal that many who are engaged in meditation intend to achieve. By doing so, we experience freedom and relief from feelings of anxiety and stress. High levels of negative feelings such as stress and anxiety cause various ailments such as hypertension, diabetes, heart ailments, etc. Regular meditation can surely help you relax your nervous system, leading to better heart function and achieving a healthy body.
The beauty and simplicity of meditation are that you don’t need any equipment. All that’s required is a quiet space and a few minutes each day. Meditation is like a refuge, no matter where you are or what you do.
“Meditation is like a gym in which you develop the powerful mental muscles of calm and insight.”