Though times have changed, the benefits of meditation have not. With nonstop work cycles, hustle and bustle, and limited vacation days – we’re in desperate need of this practice now more than ever before.
In 2000-1000 B.C., the first traces of yoga practice were found within the Indus Civilization. In the beginning, it was only the lotus position (padmasana) that existed, and its sole purpose was for meditation.
We all want at least one moment in our day to slow down the clock, so why not use this time to meditate? We hope you’ll start (or continue), after reading these 6 ways in which meditation can help to improve your life, and fuel your happiness.
1. You’ll stress less.
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Emotional health can change everything. Your thoughts can change your life. Sure, feeling happy or sad can establish the quality of our day – but it goes deeper than that. Our emotional health can have a direct impact on our overall health.
Science is showing us that the key to meditation’s beneficial effect on our health is all due to stress reduction. That’s right – meditate more, stress less.
- Gaining a new perspective on stressful situations
- Building skills to manage their stress
- Reducing negative emotions
- Increasing self-awareness
- Focusing on the present
2. You’ll become physically healthier.
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Studies are proving that those who meditate regularly for at least six weeks show less activation of their immune system. They are stronger, and physically healthier.
Practicing meditation actively has also contributed to the following health improvements:
- Anxiety Disorders
- High Blood Pressure
- Sleep Problems
- Heart Disease
And these are just a few examples. Meditation also helps to relieve symptoms that patients with irritable bowel syndrome face such as bloating, diarrhea and constipation. Irritable bowel syndrome or not, meditation can help regulate your poops.
And I think this is something that everyone can appreciate.
3. You’ll become more beautiful, inside and out.
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For those who have their heads on straight, we know that true beauty comes from the inside out. The mind of a person and their thoughts, feelings, and intentions is what separates one individual from another. But now we’ve got hard science proving that our state of mind is positively affected through relaxation methods such as yoga and meditation.
A study led by Dr. Herbert Benson and his group of researchers at Harvard Medical School discovered that deep relaxation causes “disease-fighting genes” to switch on. A range of these genes were found active in the bodies of relaxation practitioners that were not found active in their control group containing people with less healthy genes.
However, within two months of the control group using relaxation methods every day, their genes which kill diseased cells and protect the body from cancer switched on. These genes are also known to protect the body from disorders such as pain, infertility, high blood pressure, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Healthier is happier, leading to an even more beautiful you.
4. You’ll become more creative.
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You know who I’m talking about. The person who’s constantly moving 24/7 and thinking about a million different things at once. The person who continues to stress about work, think about work, and plan for the next day even when they’re off the clock.
I’ve been that person – and I think many of us all have. But don’t give me the “I don’t have time for that.”
If you’re the person who’s too preoccupied with climbing the corporate ladder to take at least 5 minutes for deep relaxation, keep this in mind. Stressful minds will never be as productive or think as clearly as they can when they’re in a peaceful state.
Not only will you avoid a clouded head, but with meditative practice, you can actually improve your productivity due to finding clarity in your thoughts, and creating the perfect environment necessary for an active right brain – the side which is responsible for creating new ideas.
Charles L. Raison, MD, clinical director of the Mind-Body program at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta states, “we know stress is a contributor to all the modern killers. It’s hard to think of an illness in which stress & mood don’t figure.”
5. You’ll empower yourself.
I’ve always found that people are most joyful when they’re doing what they love. Imagine the amount of space that negative energy takes up in our heads.
By removing all of the bad eggs from our minds, we have room to think, feel, & remember what it is that makes our souls sour. And we can do all of this simply by finding a quiet place, sitting in our bodies desired position, and letting our thoughts float away for just a few minutes once a day.
Through this process, we fuel our own happiness. If that’s not self-empowerment, I’m not sure what is.