75 Benefits of Meditation for an Inspired Life

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By: Amanda Froelich,

True Activist.

How many times have you heard ‘meditation is good for you!’, yet you resist the actual act of sitting in silence because the mind is too great a foe to face? You’re not alone if the word ‘meditation’ strikes more fear than chords of peace, but by changing the way you think about it, perhaps it will become easier to devote at least 5 minutes per day towards contemplative reflection.

Whatever your religion, spiritual beliefs, or hectic schedule looks like, there is always time to nurture yourself a bit; this is exactly what meditation is, and the following benefits prove it!

Instead of dreading the ‘quiet time’, look forward to all the amazing benefits you can receive just by choosing to be good to yourself while letting the busy world fade away…

Psychological Benefits

  1. Builds self-confidence

  2. Increases Serotonin levels

  3. Resolves phobias and fears

  4. Helps control own thoughts

  5. Helps with focus and concentration

  6. Increases creativity

  7. Increased brain wave coherence

  8. Improves learning ability and memory

  9. Increased feelings of vitality and rejuvenation

  10. Increased emotional stability

  11. Improves relationships

  12. Mind ages at a slower rate

  13. Develops Intuition

  14. Improves relations at home & work

  15. Able to see the larger picture in a given situation

  16. Develop will power

  17. Develops emotional maturity

  18. Grows a stable, more balanced personality

  19. Greater tolerance

  20. Gives composure to act in a considered & constructive way

  21. Need less sleep to recover from sleep deprivation

  22. Decreased tendency to worry

  23. Helps make more accurate judgments

  24. Decrease in restless thinking

  25. Require less time to fall asleep, beneficial for insomnia

Physiological Benefits

  1. It lowers oxygen consumption rate

  2. Decreases respiratory rate

  3. Increases blood flow and slows the heart

  4. Increases exercise tolerance

  5. Leads to a deeper level of physical relaxation

  6. Good for people with high blood pressure

  7. Reduces anxiety attacks by lowering the levels of blood lactate

  8. Enhances the immune system

  9. Helps in chronic diseases such as arthritis, allergies, etc…

  10. Helps in post-operative healing

  11. Decreases muscle tension

  12. Reduces pre-menstrual symptoms

  13. Reduces activity of viruses and emotional distress

  14. Drop in cholesterol levels, lowering risk of cardiovascular disease

  15. Helps with weight loss

  16. Higher skin resistance

  17. Improved flow of air to lungs, resulting in easier breathing

  18. Higher levels of DHEAS (Dehydroepiandrosterone)

  19. Cure headaches and migraines

  20. More inclined to sports, activities

  21. Harmonize your endocrine system

  22. Reduced need for medical care

  23. Greater orderliness of brain functioning

  24. Relaxes the nervous system

  25. Heals infertility (the stress of infertility can interfere with the release of hormones that regulate ovulation)

Spiritual Benefits

  1. Helps keep things in perspective

  2. Provides peace of mind

  3. Helps you discover your purpose

  4. Increased compassion

  5. Growing wisdom

  6. Increases self-actualization

  7. Deeper understanding of yourself and others

  8. Brings body, mind, and spirit into harmony

  9. Helps learn forgiveness

  10. Changes attitude towards life

  11. Helps one live in the present

  12. Creates a widening, deepening capacity for love

  13. Increases the synchronicity in life

  14. Allows the experience of ‘One-ness’

  15. Attain enlightenment

  16. Increases acceptance of oneself

  17. Discovery of the power and consciousness beyond the ego

  18. Deeper level of spiritual relaxation

  19. Creates a deeper relationship with God

  20. Greater inner-directedness

  21. Allows the inner sense of “Assurance” and “Knowledge”

  22. Reduces pattern of judgment

  23. Allows one to ‘let go’

  24. Opens one to limit-less belief

  25. Shifts one to being happier with simplicity, nature, and the self

If these benefits inspire you, consider printing the various gifts meditation offers and leave it in a place you’re likely to see every day for further inspiration. The art of meditation is not only free, it requires no equipment, is not time consuming (15-20 minutes per day), and has no negative side effects.

The only individual you are around your entire existence is yourself, so why not begin to gain a better relationship with the beautiful existence you are and reap the physical benefits! Meditation allows one to break away from the limited thinking of human existence and experience your true potential, so consider starting today!

Sources:

Peer Reviewed Scientific Journals of Meditation Benefits

Meditation Research

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