10 Benefits From Meditation

10 Benefits From Meditation – Ready To Make a Change?

Are you feeling anxious and suffering from stress related health problems? This article will discuss how with how just 20 minutes a day spent meditating can improve health.

If you are convinced that meditation can benefit you and you are ready to make a chance in your life, you can jump strait to my  Relaxing Meditation.

If not yet convinced meditation is for you, read on to learn about the 10 benefits from meditation. If you want to learn more about the origins of yoga meditation, read my article about Yoga Sutras

Experience The 10 Benefits From Meditation

Meditation provides practitioners with many benefits, both mental and physiological. They have been extensively researched and many studies have been published in the subject.

The following are commonly agreed among the researchers to be the 10 benefits from regular meditation practice.

1. Meditation provides Stress Relief

Calm Down
Calm Down

Almost everyone suffers from stress of some degree in todays society. The stress can be physical, mental or emotional and is caused by the various factors in out work and home environments.

A constant stress causes a whole lot of different kinds of health problems, or rather symptoms of stress, some of which are listed below. Often if we solve the cause of the problem with stress, the other medical issues disappear as well.

Stress can greatly reduced by either removing the source of stress, which can often proof very difficult, or teaching the body and mind to deal with the stressful situation with techniques such as meditation.

Deep breathing from the diaphragm practiced during meditation, is very efficient in relaxing the mind. When you reach a deep meditative state, you clear away the information overload that builds up every day and contributes to your stress. The emotional benefits of meditation can include:

  • Gaining new perspective on situation that cause stress
  • Building stress management skills
  • Increasing self-awareness
  • Focusing on the moment
  • Reduction of negative emotions and thoughts

2. Meditation Helps With Anger Management

Meditation and Anger Management
Meditation and Anger Management

Anger is a completely normal, healthy human emotion. But when it gets out of control and turns destructive force, it can lead to problems at work, in personal relationships and poison the overall quality of your life.

It makes you feel as though you’re at the mercy of an unpredictable and powerful emotion. Meditation techniques can teach you methods for anger management.

It teaches you self-awareness, so you can recognize the signs of anger in time and taking action to calm down and deal with the situation in a more constructive way.

Meditation for anger management will increase your self-control and ability to calm your mind, by focusing on something positive, before it is too late and the anger takes over your actions.

Daily meditation will also introduce more calm, more positive mind set and reduce the stress levels in the body which in return will lessen the reasons for anger.

Meditation is being successfully used to rehabilitate violent criminals and offered at some schools as an alternative for detention to reduce the agitation which causes the pupils to misbehave in the first place.

3. Meditation Increases Concentration Levels

Focus and Concentrate
Focus and Concentrate

Poor concentration is a common complaint by pupils, student and adults alike. It prevents us from studying new materials or performing a difficult task at hand.

It is most common with tasks that are tiring and boring or when we are tired and under stress. In the worst case the lack of ability to concentrate means failure in studies or getting fired from a job.

Regular meditation increases the blood flow into the brain, which is a key for increase in the ability to concentrate. Additionally diverse meditation techniques teach us how we can help improve our focus to the task ahead as well as maintain it for prolonged periods and hence enhance our performance.

Also read my article about how certain essential oils can help you to improve your concentration:

Essential Oils For Concentration And Memory

4. Meditation Decreases Depression and Anxiety

Depression and anxiety
Depression and anxiety

Many people todays modern society suffer from depression and different anxiety disorders due to the emotional pressures and need to succeed in life. Most of the times the doctors attempt to treat them either with therapy or drugs, with every little success.

There are some effective ways of dealing with depression, which can read here in my article: How To Deal With Depression During Holidays Naturally.

How ever meditation the most effective tool battling depression whether it’s situational, caused by external events, or organic, caused by chemical imbalances in the brain.

With daily meditation, you can naturally boost both serotonin and norepinephrine neural transmitters to healthy “depression resistant” levels.

Many people suffering from anxiety and panic attacks, where once again the body’s sympathetic nervous system is responsible for “fight or flight” response, find relief from meditation due to it’s calming and reassuring effect on the whole body.

5. Meditation Lowers Blood Pressure

Measuring Blood Pressure
Measuring Blood Pressure

High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is caused mostly by stress, unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, hereditary causes, age and excess weight.

It is dangerous because it makes the heart work harder to pump blood out to the body. It also contributes to hardening of the arteries, to stroke, kidney disease, and in extreme cases to the development of heart failure.

Many people need to take more than one medicine to reduce hypertension. However, the side effects, such as headaches and weakness, are severe and effect the lives of the patients more than the hypertension itself.

The deep restful state achieved during meditation, sparks biochemical changes that help the body and mind reach a more balanced state, in turn triggering the body’s own self-repair mechanism, mainly by stimulating the telomerase enzyme.

6. Meditation Reliefs Asthma Symptoms

Asthma Inhaler
Asthma Inhaler

Asthma is a chronic inflammation of the lungs. When the sufferer encounters something that triggers his asthmas the walls of the airways tighten and the lining starts to swell, causing coughing, wheezing, tightness of the chest and shortness of breath.

Medical treatments, corticosteriods, for asthma are effective, but carry with them a host of very unpleasant long-term side effects.

A complement, and potentially a replacement, to inhalers could be meditation. People often panic when they have an astma attack – the inability to breathe leads to fears of dying.

By learning to use meditation where once focuses on relaxing the body, specifically the breathing passages, the body starts to relax and the airways open, making breathing easier again.

Furthermore the deep meditative breathing opens air passages, heals inflammation and improves airflow preventing future asthmas attacks.

7. Mediation Provides Insomnia Relief

Sheep leaping over the fence
Sheep leaping over the fence

The causes of insomnia can be overly aroused sympathetic nervous system, causes can be found in things such as use of stimulants like coffee, tea and drugs, habits as going to bed too late and excessive use of computer and bad dietary habits.

However, most of the time people who suffer from insomnia have difficulties to relax their mind enough in order to fall asleep due to mental and emotional stress. Their mind often dwells on worries and the inability to fall sleep. This can become a vicious circle leading to exhaustion and stress.

Meditation let’s the mind wonder and releases it from the task of worrying creating calmness by soothing the sympathetic nervous system and releasing the sleep hormone melatonin.

Further more deep stages of meditation reduce the strain on the body caused by the sleep deprivation as meditation gets rid of toxins in the brain same way than REM cycles do during sleep.

8. Meditation Strengthens The Immune System

Strengthen Your Immune Defence
Strengthen Your Immune Defence

Weakened immune system is a cause for us catching things like common flu and stomach infections, but some people also suffer from so called autoimmune diseases such as:

  • Diabetes type 1
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Lupus
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Psoriasis

In the case of the autoimmune disease the body’s own immune system attacks some parts of the body, such as bowels, pancreas or tendons.

Meditation increases the electrical activity in the left side of your brain, the part which acts as a command center for your immune system, network of cells, tissues, and organs that work together to protect the body

Increased activity in this part of the brain helps to boost the immune system making it work more effectively producing more white blood cells, leukocytes, who fight against infectious diseases and foreign invaders.

Furthermore meditation reduces the symptoms of autoimmune disease, although it is unable to repair damage already down like in the case of type 1 diabetes.

9. Meditation Improves Memory

Long and Short Term Memory Access
Long and Short Term Memory Access

Meditation has proven very effective in both improving acute memory loss, such as caused by a brain injury as well as helping sufferers of Alzheimer decease and old age related memory problems.

As well as controlling our ability to concentrate, brain’s cerebral cortex also controls our memory. Blood flow into this region provides improvement specifically in short term and long term memory.

It also helps to grow new neural path ways, as the old ones got damaged in case of brain injury or deterioration from age-related los, in the brain which increases the accessibility of our long term memory.

Meditation has also increased children’s and students ability to memorize educational material in an effective manner. This of course is also linked to the students ability to concentrate better in their studies.

10. Meditation Provides Pain Relief

Pain Assessment Scale
Pain Assessment Scale

Meditation can provide many highly effective techniques dealing with both acute and chronic pain, which increase in strength with the continuous practice.

I myself suffer from cancer and use meditation as one of my techniques of dealing with pain. I have written a whole separate article about Pain Management with Meditation. It introduces the reader with the techniques used for pain relief meditation and provides a sample meditation.

The two most meditation types used for pain management are:

  1. By Distracting The Sufferer From The Pain.

There are several meditation techniques that teach you to concentrate on other things, such as very pleasant thoughts and forget about the pain. These powerful techniques are often used with childbirth and with acute sport injuries by the athletes.

2. Providing Pain Relief With Alteration Of Brain Structure

Sounds incredible, right? It has been proved by the studies that regular meditation practice alters the parts of the brain that deal with pain, hence changing the brains perception of the pain.

My Personal Experience of the Benefits of Meditation

10 Benefits of Meditation
10 Benefits of Meditation

I practice meditation almost daily with few exception. My meditation sessions last anything from few minutes to several hours, depending on my mind set, psychological and physical need and the time I have available.

Meditation has provided me with a lot of benefits during my fight against cancer. Biggest help I have experienced is in the form of being able to rid myself of the anxiety which was caused by facing my own mortality.

Besides this I use meditation for pain management and to improve the symptoms of the cancer such as insomnia and manage the pain. Please read my personal story about

Pain Management With Meditation

Daily meditation practice has also helped me improve my immune system and hence to deal with the side-effects caused by the chemical cancer treatments, which I received before I made the switch to alternative medicine.

As a meditation coach, I cannot recommend daily meditation strong enough for anyone who is dealing with any of the problems above. Let me know if you need any guidance in getting started, I will be more than happy to help!

You can read more about simple meditation techniques for beginners in my post Simple Meditation At Home. Here is one of my own guided meditation for relaxations:

You can also follow my brand new YouTube channel, I am planning on making a lot of meditation and yoga videos! Hope to see you there 🙂

 

With Love,

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These essential oils have a subtle, yet extremely powerful influence on our mind and body.

24 thoughts on “10 Benefits From Meditation – Ready To Make a Change?”

  1. Hi, I’ve been browsing online more than 3 hours today, yet I never found any article as interesting as yours. I particularly love this article as it points out all the 10 benefits from meditation. I am looking forward of getting started and have booked a meditation class in my vicinity. Thank you very much. Keenan

    1. Hi Keenan, thank you for your compliment. I’m happy you found my article valuable and hope you will enjoy your meditation class.

  2. I love your site. I have been interested in yoga, meditation, essential oils, for years but working full time, I never really had time to explore. I really enjoyed this article about meditation, it is something I really need to work on. I also found out I am a Pitta, and am looking forward to finding out more about that. I will be visiting again very soon.

    1. Hi Donna,
      I am happy to hear that you like my site, I always aim to give my readers value. Meditation actually gives you balance in your busy life, so your should definitely give it a go.

  3. I agree most people live a stressful life . According to Lama Surya Das meditation is a simple way to calm them down and lower the rate of stress and depression. It changes your negative thoughts and gives you true peace and happiness. I think doing regular meditation we can improve our health and live a happy life.

    1. Hi Jannies,
      Yes, many people live a stressful life and suffer from the consequences in terms of health issues. Regular meditation practice can absolutely help us to chance that, as it gives us a piece of mind.

  4. I absolutely agree. Meditatation has really turned my life around and thought me control my anger issues. I have learned to channel the rage I was feeling to art!

    1. Hi Nicholas, I’m happy that meditation has helped you out with anger and rage issues. As an artist, I’m excited to know that you have been able to channel your feelings to art, it is a really effective way of tapping into creative power. There are some effective ways of dealing with agression, which can read here in my article: How To Deal With Depression During Holidays Naturally.

  5. Wow. You have a ton of information here about the benefits of meditation and I couldn’t agree more. What a pity more people don’t realise all the amazing benefits that meditation offers.

    I first came to enjoy meditation about 16 years ago when I found myself in a very difficult situation. I had a very stressful job and then my husband had just left me with a 6 month old baby and a 3 year old to look after on my own. If it weren’t for the healing powers of meditation, I am not sure I would have survived the emotional turmoil. But I did, and I still meditate every day.

    I really enjoyed the guided meditation with the whale song. This is ideal for someone just starting out with meditation … or for someone like me who likes a variety of meditation techniques. Do you have any others? I would love to try some more.

    1. Hi Gllian! I am happy you enjoyed my article and like me realize how much benefits meditation can offer to everyone!
      I also personally find meditation to help me most when I am in a difficult situation, as it will calm me down and get me to look at every situation with different eyes. I am glad to know you overcame your very difficult situation and made meditation a daily habit, I also practice meditation daily.
      I don’t currently have any more guided meditation, but am planning for making more! If you subscribe to me Youtube channel, you will get notified when I publish a new one!

  6. There is so much wonderful information on your site. I need to bookmark it!
    I have heard so many good things about yoga and meditation and have been thinking of taking it up, but unsure where to start.
    I’m an American woman with hispanic background where and live in München since 2 years, is the place you teach yoga near? I see you talk of German Alps. I understand you only give private sessions and don’t have your own studio or am I wrong?

    1. Hi Maria, I am happy you enjoyed my site, please come back anytime 🙂
      I currently don’t have my own studio, I give lesson at customers homes or at studios. I would be happy to give you a lesson or two, as I spend one week every month 1h driving distance from Munich. I have written you a private message with my details.

  7. This is interesting and useful. I have tried meditation before, half heartedly I should admit and I struggled. Keeping my mind still.is a challenge. I guess that is why I need to learn it more. I need it to help with memory and focus I think. I will read more of you’re articles and see if there is something that can help me in this regard.

  8. Thanks for all the information about meditation! It is something I’m serious about getting into. I need to make some changes in my life! Meditation will improve my mental health and help me keep focused on making those needed changes in my life.

        1. Hi Inga! I am so happy you enjoyed your deep dive into the ocean 🙂 I am making more meditation videos as we speak. I will keep you updated!

  9. I never though so much could be done with the help of meditation. Amazing how much modern science keeps on ignoring the ancient ways of healing the body!

    Keep up these great articles,

    Johannes

    1. Thank you very much for your compliment Johannes! Meditation has such great benefits, some of them are being researched at the moment in clinical trials and the results are all very positive 🙂

  10. Hi Hanna,
    this is an really an amazing article into the benefits of meditation! I am going to try it out myself for sure. Will you help me get started? I am so happy you have been able to get pain relief from meditation.

    1. Thank you so much Diana! I will help you out for sure. I am going to finish writing my article how to get started in few days and if you want to, we can also do a private session.
      Yes, meditation has taught me how to deal with pain. It’s not easy to live in constant pain, but meditation makes it bearable.

    1. Hi Mariana, I am sorry to hear you are living with pain! I will finish my article in the next few days, I hope you will drop by to read it.

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