Which benefits of meditation do you need right now – peace of mind, a calm heart, easier breathing, less pain, a fresh perspective or renewed control of fragile emotions? Just a coffee break’s worth of breathing can lighten your load and reverse the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual effects of stress. Come with me now and let’s explore this together.
According to the Mayo Clinic, meditation can prove helpful in alleviating symptoms related to:
- Chronic pain
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Sleep problems
- Tension headaches
In Beth Shaw’s book, Yoga Fit, excerpted by Human Kinetics, meditation can lead to:
- Reduced anxiety and depression
- Better decisions and critical thinking
- More self control over thoughts
- Peace from centering in the present moment, versus past of future
The Medical Daily states that meditation is like exercise for your brain, with results including:
- Improved memory, self esteem and empathy
- Altered gray matter, which helps process information and deliver nutrients and energy to neurons
The Brainwave Research Institute shares that many seek out meditation for:
- Relief from life stress
- Inner peace
- Deeper spiritual connection
- Understanding of one’s true essence
- Silent mind
- Pure bliss
Well, that’s the scientific evidence. Time to see what my friends have to say about the benefits of meditation, starting with the numbers:
- 100% reported rest, relaxation or stress relief as a result of meditation.
- 40% said they meditate for focus and clarity.
Now let’s dig a little deeper and explore their individual experiences.
Lesfic author Elle Hyden says her practice of meditation helps her “let go of the outer world.” Reviewer Ameliah Faith agrees, “the outside world melts away.”
Oregon editor and Reiki Master Toni Rakestraw seeks out meditation for “insight into who I am and becoming one with everything.”
Dance teacher Jan Floyd, also a Reiki Master and ordained minister, reports her stress, sleep and health issues have faded into distant memories. “Now I meditate to increase my vibes, improve productivity and remain in receptive mode. Ya never know when great things are coming your way!”
Mary, another kindred spirit in the adventure department, uses meditation benefits “to travel into the past to seek out information about former lives, and further answers from the astral plane for self and others.”
What benefits of meditation do I seek and receive? For starters, the rest, relaxation and stress relief, quiet mind, focus and clarity all happen for me. I’ve done many forms of meditation for anxiety, sleep, pain and past life research.
I’ve also used it to significantly lower my blood pressure before physical exams. But shhh – don’t tell my doctor!
The astral travel bit I kinda stumbled into. I’ve also meditated to find out what happened to lost pets and help distant friends with their health.
One night in Hot Springs, AR, after a Full Moon Drumming (and dancing) double session atop the Golden Leaves Bookstore, it felt like I floated to the car and my entire being buzzed for hours.
What benefits of meditation have you experienced?
NEXT: Meditation for Beginners
Belinda Y. Hughes is a lifestyle coach and freelance writer. She is a Certified Yoga Teacher (CYT) and retired Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT). Her vegetarian cookbook, Confessions of a Red Hot Veggie Lover 2, has made the Amazon Top 100 a few times.