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Scientific Benefits of Meditation: What the Research Tells Us

Meditation is a mind and body practice that has long been used to increase calmness and physical relaxation; improve psychological balance; help people to cope with illness and enhance overall health and well-being. Meditation is often seen as a spiritual practice and, as a result, it can be difficult to think of it as something with proven, scientific benefits. However, the reality is, meditation has real, physical effects on your mind and body.

 

The popularity of meditation is increasing as more people discover its benefits. Many people think of it as a way to reduce stress and develop concentration while others use the practice to develop beneficial habits and feelings, such as a gaining a positive mood and outlook, achieving self-discipline, having healthy sleep patterns and even increasing pain tolerance.

 

Even big companies like Google, Salesforce, Aetna, Goldman Sachs Group, Blackrock and Bank of America are offering mindfulness training for employees. They are using this ancient practice to improve leadership skills and collaboration and to decrease healthcare costs.

 

Many studies have looked at how meditation may be helpful for a variety of conditions, such as high blood pressure, psychological disorders and pain.

 

A number of studies have even helped researchers learn how meditation might work in relation to its effects on the brain. Some research suggests that practising meditation may reduce blood pressure, the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, depression, and insomnia.

 

Here are some of the many benefits of meditation:

1.Physical Benefits of Meditation
Lowers blood pressure
Lowers heart rate
Has an anti-inflammatory effect
Strengthens the Immune System
– It helps in the digestion of food
– Can ease premenstrual and menopausal symptoms

 

2. Psychological Benefits of Meditation
Meditation helps you sleep better
Reduces anxiety and stress
Regulates mood disorders
Improves self-esteem
Can help treat addiction
Increases self-awareness
Helps reduce anger

 

3. Cognitive Benefits of Meditation
Improves working memory
Increases focus
Increases stress resistance
Improves the ability to make decisions
Improves memory

 

4. Social Benefits of Meditation
Decreases feelings of loneliness
Helps you to be more compassionate
Helps create positive relationships

 

Meditating daily is easier said than done, however, as little as one minute a day is highly beneficial. To give yourself a head start, follow this pattern:

Breathe in for five seconds
Hold your breath for five seconds
Breathe out for five seconds
Continue moving through this practice for a full minute.

 

Meditation really can be as easy as that!

 

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