Meditation is considered a type of mind-body complementary medicine. Meditation produces a deep state of relaxation and a tranquil mind. During meditation, you focus your attention and eliminate the stream of jumbled thoughts that may be crowding your mind and causing stress. This process results in enhanced physical and emotional well-being.
Benson says, The relaxation reaction [from meditation] helps decrease metabolism, lowers blood pressure, and improves heart rate, breathing, and brain waves,”. Anxiety and stiffness dribbles from muscles as the body receives a quiet message to relax.
Meditation can help you to feel greater calm and inner peace. Instead of using your outer will to transform your life, meditation helps you to access your “inner voice” or guide. I like to refer to this ‘inner voice” as your Heart. Your Heart knows what’s correct for you, but its voice is often drowned out by the confusion reigning in the mind.
Meditation can reduce stress and help us relax; but, it can also give us a lot more. These are some of the benefits that daily meditation can give us.
Happiness and Peace of Mind:
Meditation takes us to the source of happiness, which is to be found in our own peace of mind. If we have no peace of mind and are constantly attacked by negative thoughts, happiness will remain elusive, no matter how successful we are on an outer plane. It is perhaps hard to imagine that happiness can occur from the simple act of being
Meditation helps to reduce stress by teaching us to switch off from the worries that can plague us through the day. Meditation is an opportunity to spend time by ourselves, without feeling at the beck and call of others.
Many of these benefits are related to the decrease in stress that occurs through meditation. For example, with lower levels of stress and anxiety, the probability of heart disease diminishes significantly.
Control Your Own Thoughts:
Through meditation we can bring our unruly mind under control. This creates peace of mind and enables us to achieve what we want to. The only effective solution is to develop detachment and keep things in perspective. A powerful benefit of meditation is that we are able to detach ourselves from these insignificant, yet irritating thoughts
Discovering the Purpose of Life:
Meditation we gain a new perspective of life, uncolored by our own egoistic perspective. The benefits of meditation are real, but, it also requires perseverance. It is mistake to expect all these benefits in the first few attempts; the mind takes time to tame. Also, it is difficult to explain all the benefits of meditation, because it involves a state of consciousness that cannot be expressed by words.
In one pointed concentration there is great power; our energy and focus do not get dissipated. When we have concentration we can do more in less time. Through meditation we gradually improve our powers of concentration; this focus can be used for both meditation, and also other activities we engage in.