In the 80's and 90's if one mentioned the skill of meditation, eyes would roll and corny jokes about cosmic inner alignment would follow. However, with rising work loads, and increasing stress from being 'plugged in' 24/7, meditation has gained quite a following. For me, meditation quiets my busy mind and high rate of idea flow. My mind has a bad case of ADHD, and some days it just won't shut up. It babbles about irrelevant nothings at times, and is especially annoying at night when I am trying to sleep.
Meditation is healthy for the mind and body. It relieves us from the number one cause of illness, stress. It helps us physically, mentally and emotionally in various ways.
Here are some of the benefits of meditation:
- Lowers oxygen consumption. Meditating helps you regulate your breathing. It also makes you more attentive to how you breathe. This in turn, impacts blood flow thus calming your heart rate and moving toward a state of rest.
- Improves physical sustainability and a longer tolerance for exercise.
- Improves your immune system through its ability to decrease stress levels in your body. Meditation is beneficial for those with allergies, chronic diseases, and for people who just had surgery.
- Helps you regulate weight. It increases the part of the brain that regulates behavior, thus improving impulse control.
- Helps women with infertility issues, again, due to its ability to reduce stress and relax the body. Stress can interfere with hormones that activate ovulation.
- Helps you gain confidence and improve mental well-being by increasing serotonin levels. Serotonin is responsible for controlling your fears, insecurities, phobias and other negative attitudes, steering you toward a more positive outlook.
- I mentioned above that meditation is a skill. It is an art that needs to be practiced on a daily basis. It is not easy as random thoughts will try to invade your personal brain space quite frequently. It is not uncommon to only start with a minute of meditation and continue to build from there. However, if you keep at it, you will find an overall improvement in thought clarity, task focus, and overall calmness.