Meditation: Good for the body and the mind

Being constantly assailed by thoughts (good and/or bad) is a stress. Studies on animals have shown that intense and prolonged stress precipitates brain degeneration. As for the body, it is well known that stress can cause a multitude of diseases. Here is an overview of some of the useful and positive effects of [eafl id=87 name=”Zen12″ text=”meditation”].

Physical benefits

  • Improves immune system performance
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Lowers the level of sugar in the blood
  • Reduces levels of bad cholesterol in the blood
  • Reduces the physical symptoms of stress (migraines, insomnia, heartburn, etc.)

Psychological and emotional benefits

  • Improves concentration, alertness, and memory
  • Increases happiness and empathy
  • Relieves anxiety and speeds healing of mild depression
  • Help to become more patient, intuitive and creative daily
  • Increases the chances of getting rid of an addiction
  • Improves work performance

As you can see from the list above, meditation has plenty of benefits and will make a person look at life with a different perspective.

When stress arises from situations of our daily lives, being aware of our surroundings and mental state will help to calm down the “adrenaline rush” from stress, and therefore will keep the blood pressure and pulse rate to a more relaxed state.  Just 10 minutes a day to start is all it takes, and once you have made progress, and feel that you can do more, it will come naturally.  The body is a marvelous piece of work and once we understand its basic functions, and learn to master them, life becomes a breeze of fresh air.

2 thoughts on “Meditation: Good for the body and the mind”

  1. I found your article at a time in my life where I really need to “unplug” from day to day tasks. I remember going on a road trip a couple of years ago and feeling complete free of all thoughts for 4 days! I remember how good I felt and that I stayed in this state of mind for many days after coming back. I guess it was some kind of meditation to me. During this trip, I was just accepting what would come my way without any apprehension.
    I would really like to find some meditation technique that could provide me such liberating feeling. Do you have any suggestion on how I can get started? Thanks

    • Hi Carolyn,

      You had a great experience during your road trip, and yes, it does feel great to be in a state of mind that is peaceful. Meditation can also be very simple even if it seems intimidating and people tend to over-complicate it. The best advice I can give you is to start small. Pick a quite place where you will not be disturbed and prepare yourself by turning off your cell phone, radio, TV etc. Once you are ready, close your eyes and focus on your breathing: in breath, out breath, in breath, out breath. Try to stay focused on your breath for approximately 10 minutes (you can use a gentle alarm if you wish to give yourself a cue to stop). Every time your mind begins to shift away from your breath and you get lost in your thoughts, you simply bring your attention back to your breath. And then you repeat this again and again until your alarm sounds. Over time, repetition and practice, your focus, concentration, and attention span will improve and you will get all of the benefits of being “mindful”. You can also try “guided meditations”. They help to focus on the task at hand since your mind tends to wander less when it concentrate. There are tons of free guided meditations on the internet and YouTube. All you have to do is listen try the ones that feels right with you. Hope this helps you to get started. Check my next posts, I will have more on the same subject. Thanks for your comment. 🙂


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