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Benefits of Meditation

In the past meditation has been regarded as a ‘way-out there’ activity only practised by people with flowers in their hair or who were regarded as the New Age Types. It was not regarded as useful for the mainstream people and certainly not for the A-type personality with their workaholic and stressful lifestyles. But that is no longer the case as meditation is now coming into its own as a result of the benefits of meditation being better understood. Meditation is now being taught worldwide in businesses, schools, prisons and hospitals. Indeed, doing meditation is akin to having your own free private health cover.  More & more studies reveal that meditation is good for the health. And meditation combined with a balanced and healthy life style, plus psychotherapy is sure to turn a person’s life around from ill-health to good-health.

Of course, it doesn’t have to have a holistic health approach of diet, therapy and meditation.  In the beginning just taking a short time to relax and de-stress during each and every day will do wonders for your health.  A daily meditation is a simple thing to do. Benefits of meditation comes in all shapes and sizes and even if you find you can’t stop the minds constant chatter if you just spend a few minutes during the day trying to focus on one thing (your breath for example) then you are starting to practise meditation.  

It is time to get rid of the old beliefs that meditation can only be practised in a cave in the Himalayas, as that is definitely not the case.  Meditation is available to you each and every day. If you persevere with your practise, even one that only lasts a few minutes each day, you will find there will be an improvement in your health.

If you don’t believe what is written in this article there is a growing list of studies being done by many universities around the world.  Harvard Medical School have recently completed a meditation study on Mindfulness that showed meditation may ease anxiety and mental stress. 

Although the studies by the scientific community are still ongoing and all the dots have yet to be joined, there is growing evidence that meditation is good for you.  It will only be a matter of time before the empirical evidence of science fully backs that up.  However you don’t have to wait for scientific proof – you can find out for yourself by starting to meditate today.

How to Meditate

  • Find a place where you can be on your own for a few moments every day
  • In that space sit or lie down and close your eyes and focus solely on your breathing
  • Count the breath in 1-2-3
  • Hold the breath for one count
  • Count the breath out 1-2-3
  • Hold the breath for one count
  • Repeat for 3 cycles.
  • Open you eyes
  • Get on with your day

You can do this as often as you like in one day

The secret is to find that quiet place where you will not be disturbed for a few minutes.

The benefits of meditation is your private health cover that does not expire, it is free and it can be used whenever you want to use it.

That is not a bad investment.