Why Meditate?

Why should you meditate? Meditation has many benefits beyond just making you feel great such as increasing focus and concentration and helping you sleep better at night, read on for the full list of meditation benefits.

Below I have listed all of the benefits that meditation can bring to your life. How would you feel if you could achieve just a few of these benefits in your life right now?

Isn’t it worth your time to learn how to increase your overall health and well-being? This is not to say that meditation guarantees you good health for life. However, there is a growing awareness of the strong link between our state of mind and physical health.

Physical ailments are often symptoms of inner turmoil. Meditation can give us peace which is a helpful step in avoiding many stress related illnesses common in modern society.

Physiological Benefits

  1. Lowers oxygen consumption
  2. Blood flow is increased while slowing the heart rate. This healthier flow of oxygen to the brain assists with clearer thinking and better reasoning skills. It also assists the blood flow to the muscles which assists physical stamina.
  3. Respiratory rate is decreased
  4. Serotonin production is increased. Serotonin influences mood and behavior and low levels of serotonin are associated with depression, obesity, insomnia and headaches.
  5. Decreases stress levels
  6. Lowers high blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  7. Prevents, slows or controls pain associated with chronic diseases
  8. Decreases muscle tension and any pain associated with this tension
  9. Keeps mental faculties sharp and slows down the effects of aging on the brain and body
  10. Assists in post-operative healing
  11. Enhances the immune system by increasing the activity of your body’s natural immunity cells which destroy bacteria and possibly cancer cells
  12. Reduces pre-menstrual syndrome symptoms
  13. An improvement in posture from breathing correctly and an increase in self-confidence
  14. Helps with weight loss as meditation lowers the cortisol levels and also assists with your emotional wellbeing which can often affect the success of a weight loss program.
  15. Enhances energy, strength and vigour
  16. Improves flow of air to the lungs which is especially beneficial for people suffering from asthma
  17. Relaxes our nervous system which reduces aggressive behavior by restoring the body to a calm state once the flight or fight reflex has been triggered by a stressor.
  18. Strengthens the digestive system for improved overall health and wellness in the body

Psychological Benefits

  1. Helps increase focus and concentration
  2. Decreased irritability and moodiness
  3. Builds self-confidence
  4. Helps resolve phobias and fears
  5. Ability to release negative emotions rather than allowing them to become your focus
  6. Reduces need and dependency on drugs, pills and pharmaceuticals. This must be undertaken under the advice of your Doctor
  7. Increased feelings of vitality and rejuvenation
  8. Increased ability to solve problems, learn new things and improved memory
  9. Reduces road rage and assists with composure to act appropriately and constructively
  10. Decreased tendency to worry unnecessarily
  11. Improved relationships, intimately, socially and business associates
  12. Improves the communication between the two brain hemispheres
  13. Increased creativity and productivity
  14. Recovery from sleep deprivation is faster

Other Benefits

  1. Helps keep things in perspective. Gives an opportunity to simplify your life by quieting inner turmoil
  2. Provides peace of mind and happiness
  3. Increases patience as you become less agitated and can use times (like waiting for a bus) to meditate when others may become annoyed
  4. Helps with the process needed to change your habits and addictions such as smoking and drinking
  5. Provides a deeper understanding of yourself and others

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27 Responses to Why Meditate?

  1. justin says:

    thanks for info

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  5. valda says:

    I enjoyed reading this post – Why Meditate? Thank you

  6. jimmy says:

    Thanks for this great article. I have been thinking about learning how to meditate for a long time. This has given me some excellent reasons to start

  7. Dylan says:

    Stress management is such a complex thing. Recognition is one of the most important things.

  8. Courtney says:

    Your site is so informative. Keep up the good work – it’s great

  9. Issetta says:

    Fantastic post as usual

  10. Yuri says:

    Excellent writing. Good reasons to meditate

  11. bryan says:

    My life was such a shambles. I felt so sorry for myself, and these articles have helped me realize that if I want things to change I have to change some of the things I was doing. It’s a bit of a slow process – one step forward and 3 steps back sometimes, but at least I have changed a couple of things. Thank you

  12. Brenda says:

    Bryan, well done on making some changes. Even though you feel that you are taking some backward steps, imagine what your life will be like in a month and a years time. Those smaller steps will make a huge difference in the long term. Thank you for your comment

  13. Kingsly says:

    Thank you for that wonderful write-up, Great info. i have meditated for a while and feel great. I know this stuff works

  14. Warner says:

    Just like normal you have provided good articles. Been watching this site for quite a while and wished to say thanks for spending some time to publish it.

  15. Nic says:

    I simply wanted to add my congratulations to these comments. Well done and keep up the fantastic work.

  16. Kirstin says:

    I am really interested in meditation, but find most of the information is too technical…(must sit certain ways, and do certain things, which is not for me). I like the information you have in this site about meditation – thanks for the no-nonsense approach

  17. Thank you everyone for your comments regarding this post. Meditation is so beneficial for everyone, and there is no one-size fits all method. Try the varied methods and see which suits you best

  18. Richard says:

    Great information! love reading your articles. keep it up

  19. Lara says:

    Using meditation in conjunction with exercise is a proven method for weight loss.

  20. Fiona says:

    Great blog – I am going to spend more time reading about this topic always been fascinated with meditation, and this has helped

  21. Sydney says:

    I thought this post was great. 😉 Cheers!

  22. Kobie says:

    Enjoyed this post – have been trying to meditate but still a lot to learn. Any more suggestions?

    • Brenda says:

      Kobie – I am just in the final stages of putting to audio a meditation and Visualization Program which will be released shortly.

      Stay tuned for information of the release both here and on my face-book page. Thank you for visiting Mind Recipes

  23. Bo says:

    My partner and I meditate together regularly – it has bought us closer together

  24. Ulga says:

    Amazing site. A great deal of information here on a wide range of subjects – so many I am really interested in. Thank you – meditation is one of my daily rituals.

  25. Tiffany says:

    Meditation has bought an inner peace to me that I didn’t think was possible

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