I couple of weeks ago I wrote about the spiritual implications for meditation. In this article I’m going to be focusing on the physical benefits of meditation.
- Meditation reduces stress – stress can cause anxiety, depression, higher blood pressure, fatigue, and poor judgment. Studies have shown that mediation can alleviate these issues.
- Meditation can control anxieties such as phobias, social anxiety, paranoid thoughts, OCD, and panic attacks. Meditation can help not only at home, but also in the work environment where stress is often high.
- Meditation can lead to better self-image and positive outlook. Two studies showed that depression can be lessened in over 4,600 adults
- Meditation can build self-awareness. Being alone with your thoughts help you control and direct them. It can help you better understand yourself. Knowing the lies the devil tells you can help you learn to combat them with God’s truths.
- Meditation can increase attention span (something needed so much today). Meditation is like a mental weight lifting, it increases the strength and endurance of your attention.
- Meditation can reduce Alzheimer’s. Studies have shown that in older volunteers meditation helped them improve attention, memory, and mental quickness.
- Meditation can also help with increasing your ability to be kind. Some meditation practices focus on extending grace and kindness to yourself which in turn helps you have more patience and kindness towards others.
- Meditation helps with addictions. The practice helps you slow down, realize your triggers, and increase your willpower so that you can fight your addictive urges better.
- Meditation improves sleep. Meditation helps you slow down racing thoughts that can lead to insomnia. It can release tension which will lead to peaceful sleep.
- Finally, meditation helps control pain. Pain is perceived in the brain, so when we train the brain, we can help lessen the pain we go through.
The spiritual, mental, and physical are all very closely tied so it is no surprise that meditation effects all three of these areas. I hope that these facts help you see the benefits of meditation and that you will try it out for yourself.
Info used from healthline.com
(Originally published in the newspaper The Hespirian Beacon on 11/18/19)