Benefits of Meditation

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Meditation is one part of a Creation Meditation practice (the other is creative expression). It is an essential spiritual practice, which is why many pages on this site are dedicated to helping you begin. If you’re feeling like it’s time to include meditation in your life, you might be feeling the following:

  • a desire break through cultural confusion and numbness
  • a desire for meaning and a deeper connection to life.
  • a sense of urgency about realizing your hidden gifts and talents.
  • a longing to be authentic and creative.
  • a deep sense to finally get quiet.
  • a sense of internal disorganization and desire to make sense of it all.
  • a deepening pull toward an intelligent inner world.
  • a longing to be more loving and accepting towards yourself and others.

And yet, getting started might be difficult. There’s often challenges when you first go to meditate because you encounter thoughts you don’t want to face. You feel the feelings you don’t want others to know about. You end up looking in a direction (inward) that might be hard at first. However, once you establish a daily practice (read Meditation Techniques for Beginners to get started), and you develop the ability to stay with the breath for longer and longer periods of time, you’ll begin to enjoy meditation. It will bring you pleasurable experiences such as joy, inner peace, and love. You’ll experience great freedom when you’re no longer burdened by the incessant chattering of thoughts.

Below are more meditation benefits…

Physiological Benefits of Meditation

  • Lowers oxygen consumption
  • Decreases respiratory rate
  • Increases blood flow and slows the heart rate
  • Increases exercise tolerance
  • Leads to a deeper level of physical relaxation
  • Good for people with high blood pressure
  • Reduces anxiety attacks by lowering the levels of blood lactate
  • Decreases muscle tension
  • Helps in chronic diseases like allergies and arthritis
  • Reduces PMS symptoms
  • Helps in post-operative healing
  • Enhances the immune system
  • Reduces activity of viruses and emotional distress
  • Enhances energy, strength and vigor
  • Helps with weight loss
  • Reduction of free radicals, less tissue damage
  • Higher skin resistance
  • Drop in cholesterol levels, lowers risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Improved flow of air to the lungs resulting in easier breathing
  • Decreases the aging process
  • Cure headaches and migraines
  • Reduced Need for Medical Care
  • Less energy wasted
  • More inclined to sports and activities
  • Significant relief from asthma
  • Improved performance in athletic events
  • Normalizes to your ideal weight
  • Harmonizes our endocrine system
  • Relaxes the nervous system
  • Produce lasting beneficial changes in brain electrical activity
  • Cure infertility (the stresses of infertility can interfere with the release of hormones that regulate ovulation).

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Psychological Benefits of Meditation

  • Builds self-confidence
  • Increases serotonin level, influences mood and behavior
  • Helps to resolve phobias and fears
  • Helps control thoughts
  • Helps with focus and concentration
  • Increase creativity
  • Increased brain wave coherence
  • Improved learning ability and memory
  • Increased feelings of vitality and rejuvenation
  • Increased emotional stability
  • Improved relationships
  • Mind ages at slower rate
  • Easier to remove bad habits
  • Develops intuition
  • Increased productivity
  • Improved relations at home and work
  • Able to see the larger picture in a given situation
  • Helps ignore petty issues
  • Increased ability to solve complex problems
  • Purifies your character
  • Develop will power
  • Greater communication between the two brain hemispheres
  • React more quickly and more effectively to a stressful event
  • Increases one’s perceptual ability and motor performance
  • Higher intelligence growth rate
  • Increased job satisfaction
  • Increase in the capacity for intimate contact with loved ones
  • Decrease in potential mental illness
  • Better, more sociable behavior
  • Less aggressiveness
  • Helps in quitting smoking, alcohol addiction
  • Reduces need and dependency on drugs, pills & pharmaceuticals
  • Need less sleep to recover from sleep deprivation
  • Require less time to fall asleep, helps cure insomnia
  • Increases sense of responsibility
  • Decrease in restless thinking
  • Decreased tendency to worry
  • Increases listening skills and empathy
  • Grows a stable, more balanced personality
  • Develops emotional maturity

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Spiritual Benefits of Meditation

  • Helps keep things in perspective
  • Provides peace of mind, happiness
  • Helps you discover your purpose
  • Increased self-actualization
  • Increased compassion
  • Growing wisdom
  • Deeper understanding of yourself and others
  • Brings body, mind, spirit in harmony
  • Deeper level of spiritual relaxation
  • Increased acceptance of oneself
  • Helps with forgiveness
  • Changes attitude toward life
  • Creates a deeper relationship with yourself
  • Cultivates mindful living
  • Creates a widening, deepening capacity for love
  • Discovery of the power and consciousness beyond the ego
  • Experience an inner sense of wisdom
  • Experience a sense of Oneness
  • Increases synchronicity and a relationship with the mysterious in your life

 

For more on meditation, take a look at Meditation Techniques for Beginners, Meditation Tips, and More on Creation Meditation, and the free Introductory Creation Meditation course.

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