Meditation helps to relax the mind and body while bringing your whole being together. It is a powerful catalyst when trying to improve your life simply because it can be performed for as little as 30 minutes a day and can still help to completely overhaul your body from the inside out. The best thing about meditation is that anyone can do it, regardless of your age, body type or weight. It can rewire your brain and put you in a prime state of mind to achieve all of your goals.

 

You are on this page for one of two reasons, you either meditate and you are feeling the benefits and want to learn more or you want to start meditating enough to look into it but not actually start. Well we all want to be healthy, successful and happy. So if all the above isn’t enough motivation to start, let’s throw in some big name celebrities that swear by meditation as maybe that will help push you over the edge; Michael Jordan, Arianna Huffington, Lionel Messi, Oprah Winfrey and Angelina Jolie to name only a few. Here are all the ways meditation helps your mind, body and soul to assist you to become the best version of yourself.

 

Lowers your stress levels

If you have a stressful life, which let’s be honest, we all do to some degree. Meditation will help to lower your stress levels as well as reduce anxiety. Through meditation we can take control of our central nervous system and it will actually allow you to take control of your emotions. Although we may feel we are always in control, the subconscious mind is doing a lot of the heavy lifting. According to some studies (source below), meditation allows you to permanently alter how you deal with your emotions.

Assists you with decision making

When in control of your emotions, taking them out of making decisions is a huge advantage, this can be something as little as eating a piece of chocolate cake or buying a flashy car. When we buy things, usually the decision is impulsive and we do it with emotion. When taking emotion out of the decision, we can see the decision as it should be seen, objectively. This means you will always be fully aware of pros and cons when deciding to do anything.

 

It is the quickest route to ensure you live a happy and fulfilled life full of things that really matter. Whatever way you look at your life right now, it is the sum of all the decisions you have made up until now. That is not to say that other factors don’t play a part, they do. Ultimately, the decisions you’ve made over the course of your life make you who you are today.

“Meditation brings wisdom; lack of mediation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back and choose the path that leads to wisdom.”

Buddha

It increases self awareness

Meditation helps you to become more in tune with your body, you will be better able to understand what works and what doesn’t for your wellbeing. This could be in terms of sports better suited for your body type, foods, things that elevate your mood and so on. This is a great benefit as many of us go through life lost, without direction and become like robots doing the same thing day after day. It will help to control the way you feel about yourself and you will start to feel more comfortable with who you are.

 

Increases your happiness levels

The limbic system is a part of your brain that deals with emotions, along with memories and stimulation. We are focusing on emotions and more specifically, happiness. What makes you happy? It could be reading a great book on a warm day in the sun, it could be spending time with loved ones or watching your team play a great game. There are many things that can trigger one’s happiness, but what if you don’t know what makes you happy? Sometimes we can be doing the most amazing things and have everything we need and want, yet there will always be that nagging feeling that something is missing. What do we do then? Meditation can bring you out of whatever hole you’re in and make you feel great. It does this by increasing the amount of activity on the section of your cortex that deals with positive emotions and decreasing the section that deals with negative emotions.

 

It is a natural painkiller

Meditation can help to reduce pain both physically and emotionally. It has healing benefits to help your body deal with the different pressures it can go through. Studies have shown (source below) that meditation can help to decrease the pain matrix in your brain by half, well almost (45%). Meditation is also a great way to kick start the recovery process after training.

It helps improve cardiovascular health and your immune system

Meditation helps your body combat viruses and makes your body more resistant to other infections. In terms of your cardiovascular health it helps to regulate blood pressure and reduce your risk of heart disease.

“Go within every day and find the inner strength so that the world will not blow your candle out.”

Katherine Dunham

Meditation helps you to be more creative and improve your memory

When you are trying to be creative and do some ‘out of the box thinking’, what do you usually do? Most of us try to focus in silence and try to come up with something deep in thought. That is exactly what meditation is, you can focus on whatever it is you want and your mind will help you think up new and creative ideas. Studies have shown, (source below) that meditation does indeed make you more creative. Better memory is a great advantage of meditation and researchers have found (source below) that meditation helps you to store as well as make sense of new complex information.

 

Meditation slows down the aging process

As we all know, the brain starts to slow down and loses matter over time as we get older. Meditation helps to hold on to that matter, a researcher at Harvard University said that the “cognition seems to be preserved in meditators”. Who doesn’t want to live longer?

If you collate all these benefits, it is also likely to help you in your pursuit of success. To be successful, you need to be able to make decisions, be self-aware and improve your creativity, so meditation is just the thing for you!

 

Comment below with your thoughts on meditation! GSY.

 

 

Sources

Mindfulness: A Beginner’s Guide: How to Conquer Anxiety and Stress through Mindfulness Meditation – M.E. Dahkid

The Healing Power of Meditation: Leading Experts on Buddhism, Psychology, and Medicine Explore the Health Benefits of Contemplative Practice – Andy Fraser

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3485650/

https://olympianlabs.com/blog/Strength-Through-Meditation/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22483682

http://minimeyoga.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/SPATIAL_AND_VERBAL_MEMORY.pdf

http://www.apa.org/monitor/2012/09/brains.aspx