Why meditation is important: the 10 benefits of meditation
The popularity of meditation is increasing, and more and more people are discovering its benefits.
Meditation is a process that helps train the mind, focus attention, and redirect thoughts.
It can help increase awareness of oneself and one’s surroundings. Many people believe that it’s also a way to reduce stress and develop concentration, while others use this practice to cultivate a positive approach to life, to improve self-discipline and the quality of sleep, even to increase pain tolerance.
We’ve done some research, relying exclusively on scientific publications (PubMed), to understand if the success of meditation is only a fleeting fashion or if there are real benefits.
Here’s a summary of 10 proven benefits of meditation:
- REDUCES STRESS Many styles of meditation can help reduce stress. Meditation can also reduce symptoms in people with stress-related pathologies.
- IMPROVES SLEEP Some meditation techniques help one to relax and control the flow of thoughts that often interfere with sleep. This can both shorten the time required to fall asleep and improve sleep quality.
- CONTROLS ANXIETY Constant meditation helps reduce anxiety and health problems tied to generalized anxiety, phobias, and obsessive-compulsive behaviors.
- IMPROVES MEMORY The concentration gained from regular meditation practice helps improve memory and mental clarity. It also fights memory loss tied to aging and senility.
- PROMOTES PSYCHOLOGICAL WELLNESS Some types of meditation can alleviate depression and create a more positive outlook on life. Numerous studies show that the benefits of maintaining a regular meditation routine are even greater and more lasting.
- STRENGTHENS SELF-AWARENESS Helps know oneself better and understand one’s strengths and weaknesses.
- FOSTERS FEELINGS OF KINDNESS Mettao, or ‘loving kindness’ meditation, is a practice that encourages positive thoughts, initially towards oneself and then towards others. This type of meditation improves positivity, empathy and compassion.
- CAN HELP FIGHT ADDICTION Developing mental discipline helps manage impulses and, therefore, addiction. It helps to manage weight loss regimes and to redirect the energy that feeds undesired habits.
- HELPS TO CONTROL PAIN Meditation is useful in diminishing the brain’s perception of pain. This helps in the treatment of chronic pain when used in tandem with medical care.
- LOWERS BLOOD PRESSURE Blood pressure is reduced not only during the practice of meditation, but also in general when practiced regularly.
close your eyes…
3 deep breaths…
now inhale and count to 6
then exhale, counting to 8, letting it all out.
repeat 4 times,
relax for a few seconds…
…open your eyes slowly and