At this point you are saying, "Meta what?" Meditation is a vacation for your mind. The basic meaning of meditation is the quieting of your mind and body, while focusing or concentrating on something. The goals of meditation are simply personal transformation, self improvement, healing, spiritual growth and increasing present moment awareness. Some of the things you can focus on during meditation include: sound, an object, visualization, the breath, movement, a word, a Bible verse, and etc. These are just the goals of meditation, however the benefits are incredible. There are over 108 different types of meditation. Hundreds of studies have been conducted by scientists, doctors, leading medical schools, and universities into the effects of meditation on the brain and body. The results of all the studies are astounding. The Internet has thousands of these studies posted, the results of all of them are always positive. Unlike drugs and surgery, meditation has no side effects or bad results, only good ones. You only have to do it a few minutes a day in order to benefit. There are more benefits than we can list in a newspaper article, but I will touch on the most important ones.
The biggest benefit of meditation is stress relief and relaxation. When you meditate daily, you sleep better. I personally fall asleep much faster since I started meditating. Meditation improves focus and concentration, which can benefit you in both on the job and at school. Studies have shown that meditation greatly improves ADD and ADHD symptoms for children and adults who meditate. Meditation lowers blood pressure, which most of us need help with. It strengthens the immune system. Studies show that people who meditate regularly get sick much less and recover quicker from illness. Meditation can help your body to heal from all sorts of illnesses, injuries and diseases. Meditation improves the blood flow to your brain and is helpful both for preventing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, as well as helping people who already have these diseases. Meditation can help you solve problems, get new ideas, and be more creative. I get the best ideas and solutions to problems when I am meditating. Tons of studies show that meditation is helpful for anxiety, panic disorder, mild depression and even anger issues. Meditation helps these things by helping the meditator to manage their feelings and emotions and to remain calm.
Mindfulness Meditation programs are currently being used in two federal penitentiaries that have the highest rate of murders and violence. So far, the results have been excellent. The Mindfulness Meditation has decreased the murder rate by 30 percent or more and the violence has decreased dramatically.
My personal experience with meditation is that I no longer suffer from panic attacks and anxiety. I used to have to take medication and thanks to doing Mindfulness Meditation, I no longer need to. I began meditating seven years ago, because my doctor recommended it for my anxiety, since the anxiety drugs gave me terrible side effects and did not work. I have been freed of the disorder ever since and decided to help other people have the same positive results in their lives.
People who are overweight because of emotional eating benefit greatly from meditation because of its ability to help you manage your emotions. In combination with other weight-loss programs it can give you twice the benefit.
Meditation helps relieve chronic pain due to arthritis and other disorders as well as from injuries. It does this, by reducing the perception of the pain, promoting relaxation of the parts of the body that contain the pain and helping to manage the negative emotions associated with pain.
One of the best benefits of all is improvement of all your relationships. Just think about it! If you are calm and able to manage your emotions, aren’t your relationships going to improve as well? Stressful things are always going to happen to everyone, but meditation helps us all to deal better with the stress, so it cannot harm our bodies or mess up our lives.
Studies show that 80 percent of health problems are caused by your emotions. There are tons of books on the market written by famous doctors and self help gurus that speak about the effects of stress and emotions on your body.
So what are you waiting for? Go out and sign up for a meditation class, or read a book, or look it up on the Internet. If you do, you will transform your mind, body and life. You will also experience the daily vacation you were waiting for.
For more information about meditation and how you can start practicing it, please contact Kimberly Palm, C.M.I. at Body & Mind Healing, LLC (206)484-0312.