Practicing meditation confers many benefits and improves one’s life in many ways. In this post, I would like to mention a few of the benefits, physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.
Like everything in life, you reap results and become successful, only when you repeat your actions and persevere with what you are doing. This is true when you learn a new skill or a new language, if want to excel at your job, and when you practice meditation.
In order to gain results and enjoy the benefits you need to meditate regularly. It is okay if you skip a meditation session occasionally, but once a day is preferable.
Regular meditation calms down the restlessness of the mind, decreases the number of distracting thoughts, creates a sense of inner peace, and relaxes the body.
As your sense of inner peace increases, your ability to concentrate and focus your mind improves.
What Are the Benefits of Meditation?
Have you asked yourself what are the benefits of meditation and why should you practice it? I will try here to answer your questions.
The benefits of meditation manifest on the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels. Some of them appear quite fast, and others take more time to manifest. This depends on the amount of time devoted to meditation, the levels of earnestness and concentration, and on the inner ripeness of the meditating person.
Remember, it is not enough to meditate once or twice a week. You have to meditate every day to attain results.
Here is a list of the benefits, listed under different headings, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
Physical Benefits of Meditation
- Physical tension eases down, and your body becomes calm and relaxed.
- The blood pressure becomes normal.
- You gain increased energy levels.
- Meditation helps you fall asleep easily at night and sleep more soundly.
- Practicing meditation can affect favorably the state of your immune system.
- An increased feelings of vitality.
Emotional Benefits of Meditation
Here are a few of the emotional benefits:
- You become able to stay calm and poised in stressful situations.
- You become less prone to anxiety.
- You learn to stop worrying.
- You experience less nervousness, irritability and moodiness.
- Your self-confidence gets stronger.
- A sense of happiness fills your mind and awareness.
- You gain control of your feelings and reactions.
Mental Benefits of Meditation
Here are a few of the mental benefits:
- Meditation gives you the inner strength and energy to deal effectively with tasks, people and circumstances.
- Increase of creativity.
- Meditation improves your concentration and your ability to focus your mind.
- Improved learning ability and better memory.
- Increased self-discipline.
- Sharper intuition.
- Enhanced common sense.
Spiritual Benefits of Meditation
Here are a few of the spiritual benefits:
- You enjoy a sense inner peace, no matter what you are doing or where you are.
- You can become emotionally detached from negative and disturbing thoughts, emotions or people, and from anything that can disturb your inner peace or affect how you feel.
- You gain a heightened awareness of your inner self.
- You gain the ability to look within you, beyond the body, mind and personality.
A realization of who you really are.
- Attaining self-realization and spiritual awakening.
Meditation leads to inner peace, poise, common sense and a peaceful mind. With a peaceful mind, you make fewer mistakes, make better judgments and decisions, and become more patient and tolerant. This of course, improves your relationships with your family, friends, neighbors and colleagues.
The benefits of meditation do not end here. Regular practice enhances the sense of happiness and contentment. As the mind becomes more and more peaceful, the number of worries, anxieties, fears and negative thoughts decreases, and in their absence, happiness rises, unobstructed.
Much of the stress and tension you normally experience come from your thoughts, beliefs and expectations. Stress and tension are the cause of most problems, including ill health. However, regular meditation can reduce them.
When the mind is at peace, many problems just disappear, and the ones that do not disappear, would easier to solve.
A mind that is not disciplined accepts every passing thought and wastes your time and energy on useless and negative thoughts. It also aggravates every problem and takes it out of proportions. With a disciplined mind, you will be able not to let this happen. A disciplined mind is one of the skills that you gain when you meditate.
As you continue to meditate, in time, you will see changes in your behavior, attitude, and manner of thinking. You would become more positive, and learn to react more patiently and calmly in the various situations of your daily life. You will also be in a better position to deal with people and with problems. Your actions would become positive, efficient, and focused.
“When there are thoughts, it is distraction: when there are no thoughts, it is meditation.”
– Ramana Maharshi
“The purpose of meditation is to make our mind calm and peaceful. If our mind is peaceful, we will be free from worries and mental discomfort, and so we will experience true happiness. But if our mind is not peaceful, we will find it very difficult to be happy, even if we are living in the very best conditions.”
– Kelsang Gyatso
“Meditation and concentration are the way to a life of serenity.”
– Ram Dass
“Meditation is one of the ways in which the spiritual man keeps himself awake.” — Thomas Merton
“Meditation can help us embrace our worries, our fear, our anger; and that is very healing. We let our own natural capacity of healing do the work.”
– Thich Nhat Hanh
“The purpose of meditation is personal transformation.”
– Henepola Gunaratana
“With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
“In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth.”
– Mahatma Gandhi
“When your attention moves into the Now, there is an alertness. It is as if you were waking up from a dream, the dream of thought, the dream of past and future. Such clarity, such simplicity. No room for problem-making. Just this moment as it is.”
– Eckhart Tolle