Practicing meditation goes further into the past than the history itself. The wisdom traditions of each civilization culture involved some kind of contemplative exercise, whereas today, science is increasingly proving the benefits that meditation has for our well-being.
Let’s talk about 10 benefits of meditation:
Meditation sharpens our senses and lessens mental confusion and disorder in the head. It allows us to think more clearly, to see more in detail the world around us. To appreciate the touch of wind or the taste of food. Simply, it helps us really and clearly enjoy the depth and richness of life.
By focusing on breath, posture, mantra or music – we learn the art of concentration. We learn how to focus attention at will, without letting us easily lose it. Focus and concentration help us to be more productive at work, we have more focus on learning, and we are more present in our relationships.
Meditation opens the mind to fresh ideas and new insights. It teaches us to better notice our common thought patterns, and in this way, we are more relieved. It allows us to see a new perspective and a new approach to the now unsolvable problem or task.
Many of us tend to lose in our lists, records, ideas, to-do lists, post-it papers… Perhaps many feel bored or lost if they do not have the feeling they have to do something. Meditation teaches us how to be calm. By leaving a little time for yourself, for a short break, doing nothing – we return all our thoughts and feelings to the center. We restore balance to body and mind.
5. Inner Peace
Meditation teaches us relaxation. It teaches us that the worries and the violent using of the body and the mind achieve nothing except what makes us even more miserable and sad. The same is for anger, guilt, sorrow, etc. Besides meditation, we learn to notice destructive mental patterns and habits, and in the case of their reappearance, it is easier to switch to a relaxed state of peace and pleasure where those same destructive patterns will disappear after a few seconds.
6. Bliss of the body
Relaxation is also good for the health of our body. Many health problems are associated with hormones that overwhelm us when we are angry, concerned, anxious or generally rush through our lives. Meditation teaches us to relax and releases all the tension and stress by reducing our blood pressure, strengthening immunity, and generally improving our body’s condition.
Meditation teaches us to wait. Instead of expecting instant pleasure, we appreciate our time and the way things and situations are happening and developing themselves. It also frees us from the tyranny of boredom and shows that we don’t need to be constantly entertained to feel fulfilled. When we get caught up in traffic or waiting room, we do not go straight to the cell phone and jump over social media. We use this situation as another opportunity to practice patience.
Meditation teaches us discipline. As we sit quietly in meditation, we observe all these thoughts in the head as they come and go – to learn and observe without reaction. Instincts no longer control us. We notice them in time, and then deliberately decide how we will react to them.
Sitting calm, with closed eyes in meditation, nothing can distract us from our thoughts. We can hide nowhere. By watching the wheels of our minds turning, we really know ourselves better. Much of what makes us the way we are – our fears, lusts and fundamental beliefs are buried deep in the subconscious. Meditation allows us to see something we are too busy to even notice.
The more we get to know ourselves through meditation and to reconcile with inner demons, we can be more compassionate to others. Therefore, instead of judging or understanding things on a personal level – we can easily understand why someone does what he does. Then we are in a position to offer the help that people really need. Is not this what the whole world really needs?
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