The Hidden Benefits of Meditation

By Nick Polizzi
Cosmic Meditating Human with Many Hands and a Tree Growing from the Top of the Head

Like many other indigenous forms of wisdom or knowledge, meditation has been around for thousands of years, helping those who use it regularly, to achieve a better sense of balance and control in their lives. One of the oldest recognized practices in the history of humankind, scientific studies and research are only now beginning to verify its benefits.

While it has many different forms, each with their own nuances, meditation is essentially all about creating and then maintaining an alert, but calm state of consciousness, where the mind is aware while the body is relaxed. The key here is regular practice, ideally at the same time(s) each day, so that it becomes a routine, or a habit. Once you get to that point, the mind becomes a very powerful tool, and the body is better able to kick start its own natural ability to heal.

Mental Benefits

Since a large part of meditation is about controlling the mind, it’s no surprise that many of the outcomes directly affect our mental state of being in a positive way.

First of all, it increases your brain function. As a result, this leads to:

  • increased mental strength and ability to focus
  • better memory, better cognitive skills and more creativity
  • the development of intuition
  • an overall sharper mind that does a better job of processing information, making decisions, solving problems and ignoring distractions.

Recent research from more than 160 different studies shows that meditation actually increases gray matter in the brain in areas related to memory and thought, while also changing the brain in a way that has an overall positive effect on anxiety, stress and depression.

Neuroplasticity from Meditation

It actually changes the circuitry in the brain through changing the brain waves in the left prefrontal cortex – essentially more gamma brain waves through the brain and more organized information being processed. What’s incredible is that researchers now believe these changes (from meditating) can be permanent, so even a small amount of regular meditation can have quite an impact.

And don’t forget about the increased serotonin production. That’s right, meditating actually can boost your mood, your behavior, and your general level of happiness.

Click here to learn 3 Simple Meditations to Improve Your Life!

Physical Benefits

If meditation has all these positive effects on the brain, it’s only a natural extension for those benefits to translate to the physical body. It helps to manage your heart rate and breathing rate, and does so for more than 6 months after the training period.

A Harvard Medical School study showed that meditating improves mitochondrial energy production and consumption, which effectively means a boosted immune system and a resiliency to stress.

Other studies have shown that it reduces blood pressure, and helps to decrease the effects of inflammatory disorders and asthma, as well as premenstrual syndrome and menopausal symptoms.

Benefits in less time than a nightly news show …

30 minutes a day points to reducing the risk of heart disease and Alzheimer’s, and a UCLA study points to how meditation can help treat HIV, by stopping the decline of CD4 T-cells in patients.

Finally, more and more research is being conducted on how meditation may have positive effects on the length of telomeres, which affect how cells age – that’s right, it may even increase your life span!

Social Benefits

When you combine these benefits along with the fact that you are now regularly getting a better perspective and awareness of who you really are and how you function best, it’s a no-brainer when you start to see your relationships improve as well. Why wouldn’t they? You’re in better physical condition, with a better mental state, and you’re able to see yourself and those around you in a brand new light. Others will surely be able to see it too and be drawn to it.

Here’s the thing about meditation –

You don’t need to be a brain function expert or a neuroscientist in order to discover or confirm these positive effects. More importantly, you don’t need to be a yogi, a swami, a shaman, or a monk (or spend as much time as they do meditating) in order for it to have a tremendous impact on your life, or alter it for the better.

If you’d like to give meditation a try, here is a great step-by-step article for you:

https://www.mindful.org/how-to-meditate/

Give it a shot for 10 to 15 minutes and you’ll begin to understand the value of this time-tested practice.

Here’s to a relaxed, and healthier mind, body and spirit!

Nick Polizzi
Host of Remedy: Ancient Medicine for Modern Illness
& Founder of The Sacred Science

 

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  2. TM has the most research and the most significant change for the positive of any meditation out there. Be nice to have an article on that.

  3. For anyone looking to learn how to meditate, you can check out heartfulness.org for free meditation either in person or online. There are free trainers in over 130 countries.

  4. The first time I meditated seriously was 2014, I did a 10 day course of Vipassana, where you meditate for 11 hours a day,
    Being a complete novice to Vipassana and not knowing anything about the discipline this was an experience I did not expect. After meditating for 4 days of putting awareness around nostril and upper lip continuously, we were then asked by the teacher to put our awareness at the top of the head to which I felt immense pressure and heat on the crown chakra which started spinning incredibly fast, then we were told to go and explore the regions of your head with your awareness , I was off !.. my awareness was so acute finer than a pin head, I felt as if my whole being was running inside my head, checking out my whole skull eyes cheeks teeth, neck, as soon as we were told to put our awareness on to our right shoulders I became aware of every cell in my body simultaneously all at the same time, my body felt like it was being elevated horizontally like long ballon and was being filled with the whitest purest divine light, there I was floating in an orgasmic state of awareness, I could hear what the teacher was saying but was totally incapacitated for hours in this incredible spiritual experience.
    The synchronicity’s after the meditation had finished were immense from conjuring shooting stars to merging with the Daffodil fairies !

  5. Being introduced to meditation from the Vipassana tradition (referred to as Mindfulness in this country) was a breakthrough with enormous impact. The work of Jack Kornfield is a great place to start. I have a set of recordings (CDs) that provide both excellent explanations and some practice tools. Another excellent reference is John Kabat Zinn.

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