The Limitless Benefits of Meditation

The Limitless Benefits of Meditation
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Meditation has been around for thousands of years. Those who take the time to learn and practice know of its limitless benefits. Yet, as great as it is for you, it does take just that - practice. While it's easy to fall short, skip a day or week or longer, it it's worth being reminding of the many benefits of practicing.

Stress Relief

Meditation is one of the best forms of stress relief. By taking responsibility for our own mental state and training ourselves to alter how we respond to experiences (especially difficult ones), we produce outcomes that are more conducive to well being and happiness. In learning mindfulness, we become more aware of the patterns and emotions we feel and are able to learn to respond with awareness and choice, therefore lessening our stress. (Source: Wild Mind)

Patience

They say the only way you can learn patience is by having to be patient. When you have no choice but to be in the moment, as you do with mediation, you will slowly but surely build that patience. (Source: Meditation Oasis)

Creativity

New research is showing a connection between mindfulness, meditation, and creativity. During practice, the brain begins to promote "divergent thinking," which literally allows the brain to come up with new ideas! (Source: Frontiers in Psychology)


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Less Anxiety

Meditation quiets the overactive mind, and given that racing thoughts is a huge part of anxiety, the two work really well together. Meditating helps you detach yourself from worries and become more centered. "Through regular practice, you experience that you’re not simply your thoughts and feelings." You can then learn to return to this centered place, even at later times when your anxiety may be triggered. (Source: Chopra Centered Lifestyle)

Better Sports Performance

Studies are beginning to show that meditation helps athletes with their performance. By learning to stay calm even in stressful situations, you increase endurance. Plus, through meditation the ego is reduced, causing an athlete become more team oriented, helping them make smarter decisions on the field. (Source: British Journal of Sports Medicine)

Rehabilitation for Drug Addiction

While meditation can help you get off anti-anxiety and anti-depressants medication, but it also has positive effects on drug addiction. People who practice mindfulness are often able to reduce their cravings by changing their focus to the present moment. Those who meditate and focus their attention back to themselves and to the moment can steer the repetitive addictive thoughts and help them become more self-accepting. (Source: Alcohol Rehab)

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Become More Open and Less Judgmental

Being less judgmental has a ton of benefits on its own and a great way to achieve this is through meditation. By helping you be less negative, you'll naturally experience less judgment on the things around you. Plus, it leaves you felling more open and connected to people, making you an overall more positive person. (Source: Operation Meditation)

Multiple Physical Benefits

The energy, also known as prana, that your body is filled with during meditation doesn't just help mentally, it also has enormous effects on the body. From lowering blood pressure and reducing headaches to helping with insomnia, joint and muscle pain, meditation even improves your immune system. (Source: The Art of Living)

Less Overeating or Emotional Eating

Being mindful can change behaviors or habits you've learned, including overeating. Through the practice, you learn to observe your actions without judgment, and disconnect those actions, such as stress and eating. After learning to separate yourself from what you'd normally do, you can learn to healthier ways to deal with your emotions. (Source: Prevention)

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Helps Treat Depression

Psychologists are finding that mindfulness cognitive therapy actually works better than drugs or even counseling to fight depression. "Four months after starting, three quarters of the patients felt well enough to stop taking antidepressants." (Source: Psychology Today)

Manage ADHD Better

Meditation can help reduce impulsiveness in adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Overall, learning to be more mindful can increase awareness skills and help improve inattentiveness. (Source: Clinical Neurophysiology Journal)

Improved Learning and Memory

When you practice meditation, your grey-matter density actually grows. This is the part of your brain that helps with memory, self-awareness, compassion, and learning. It literally alters the structure and function of your brain. (Source: NCBI)


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Happiness

"One of the reasons meditators experience greater levels of happiness and health is because meditation significantly increases the brain’s production of several euphoric chemicals -the same chemicals that flow through your bloodstream on those days when you’ve never felt better. Even more, meditation allows these euphoric brain chemicals to be produced constantly." (Source: EOC Institute)

May Make You Live Longer

Recent findings in a UCLA study show that meditation can reduce heart disease, Alzheimer's, and even premature death. On top of this, participants in the study who practiced mindfulness breathing also reported feeling less lonely. (Source: Health Central)

Make You More Compassionate and Empathetic

An Emory University compassion-based meditation program showed that meditation can improve the way you empathize with others. The root of this comes from Tibetan Buddhist practices. "Previous research has shown that both children and adults who are better at reading the emotional expressions of others have better relationships." (Source: Science Daily)


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And these are just a handful of the positive effects! The list of benefits from meditation go on and on... (Live and Dare)

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This post was originally published on Laila Ali Lifestyle