Meditation is the practice of concentrating on one thing to clear the mind and promote relaxation and mindfulness. The term meditation refers to a broad variety of practices that includes techniques designed to promote relaxation, build internal energy or life force, thus helping to improve health, increase awareness and spiritual communion, develop compassion and forgiveness.
There are many different types of meditation, all of which can be based on religion, culture, personal beliefs and goals. The ultimate goal of meditation is to help someone become more aware and mindful about their thoughts and feelings.
How does Meditation Improve Health?
Meditation has been widely accepted as a practice that can improve our mental and physical health. It is not difficult to find scientific studies on the benefits of meditation. There are various ways of meditating including, but not limited to; mindfulness, transcendental meditation, yoga, qi gong, tai chi and many more.
There are health benefits to meditation, with meditation being said to improve the immune system by lowering the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines that cause inflammation in the body. A study found that Zen meditators had lower levels of inflammatory markers than those who had no experience with meditation whatsoever.
Increasingly, people are turning to meditation as a way to cope with chronic pain. Meditation can help those who suffer from pain by calming the mind and reducing the amount of stress hormones in the body, as well as increasing production of endorphins.
Meditation has proven to be effective in reducing blood pressure. Studies show that people who meditate regularly have lower blood pressure than those who do not meditate. This is likely due to the release of endorphins after meditation, which reduces stress and lowers blood pressure.
The benefits of meditation are endless. Meditation can help reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and improve your mental health. It also increases self-awareness and empathy for others, so how about trying meditation yourself?