When you hear the word meditate or meditation, what do you think of it? A religious practice, something hippies do, or just saying “oommmm” over and over? It is not hard to know that meditating has its own stereotypes, but the truth is anyone can do it. Meditation can benefit you in many ways you may not even realize, and the popularity is growing as more and more people discover these benefits.
What is Meditation?
Meditation can be defined as a set of techniques that are intended to encourage a sense of awareness and focused attention. The Mayo Clinic says meditation is a type of mind-body medicine and helps you develop intentional focus and minimize random thoughts about the past or future.
We have found that people use it to reduce stress, develop concentration and even increase pain tolerance. In this blog, we want to talk about some of the benefits of mediation and how it could possibly help you.
One of the most common reasons people use meditation is to reduce stress. Mental and physical stress can cause increased levels of the stress hormone cortisol. This can lead to the harmful effects of stress such as disrupted sleep, depressions, anxiety, increased blood pressure, fatigue, and even cloudy thinking. Research has shown that mediation can reduce the stress response and even improve them!
Improved Emotional Health
Another benefit of meditating is it can lead to an improved self-image and a more positive outlook. By setting some time aside each day to meditate, you are putting yourself first on your list. Sitting alone, relaxing, and helping to heal your mind can help you put your priorities in order. This can help you have a more profound respect for yourself and more self-love.
Lengthen Attention Span
Do you find yourself often getting distracted and unable to focus on certain things? Focused attention meditation is like weight lifting for your attention span and can help you. It can help increase the strength and endurance of your attention span. Even mediation for a few minutes each day can benefit you with this.
Some types of meditation can even increase positive feelings and actions towards yourself and others. Metta, a kind of meditation known as loving-kindness meditation, begins with developing kind thoughts and feelings toward yourself.
Through practicing this, people learn to give more kindness and forgiveness to others, such as friends, acquaintances, and even enemies.
Mediation can also help you develop a mental discipline and can help break your dependencies. This happens by increasing your self-control and awareness of triggers for addictive behavior.
We have seen people fight food, alcohol, and drug addictions by gaining an interest in mediation.
Almost everyone has struggled with insomnia at one point in their life. Studies have shown that people who meditate often stay asleep longer and have improved insomnia symptoms than those who do not. Becoming skilled in mediating may help you control or redirect the racing thoughts that usually keep you up at night. Additionally, it helps relax your body, releasing tension and placing you in a peaceful state, allowing you to fall asleep.
One of the best things about meditating is it can be done almost anywhere. Most forms do not require special equipment or space. With just a few minutes daily, you are done, and if you want to start, it is easy to get started.
Mediation is something everyone can use to improve their mental and emotional state. No matter the reason you meditate or want to get started, Meditationly is here to help. If you have any questions, concerns, or even suggestions, please reach out. We have a contact form on our website and would love to hear from you.