Meditation Series #5: Can Meditation Really Improve My Physical Heath?
Meditation is the art and skill of learning how to separate oneself from negativity and stress and come to a place of awareness and self-realization.
Just the sound of that sounds like a blessing in itself. Right? Imagine the benefits you can obtain from actually learning how to practice meditation consistently and make it a part of your daily routine.
Meditation can improve your health in many ways. First, there is the medical benefit (the physical aspects) and second, there is the benefit over the negativity of the mind, the monkey minda. Last but not least, there is the spirit benefit. Maybe you've heard of the mind-body-spirit balance?
Meditation may offer health benefits to the physical body but it also helps to relieve stress. And relieving stress has proven benefits even in the realm of Western Medicine. Inflammation, the direct result of stress, leads directly to a inumerable amount of diseases, which some lead to death. So I would say, "Yes! Meditation can improve your physical health."
Scientific research exploring meditation document health benefits in many areas (including, but not limited to):
* Cardiovascular health
* Joint and arthritic disorders
* Pain disorders
* Blood pressure and cholesterol levels
* autoimmune disorders
- And even menopause symptoms!
Meditation, of course, starts with the mind, but it also has a direct impact on the benefits of the body. It stands to reason that if the mind is healthy, alert, active, and alive, then the body will follow suit.
Now let's look at your mental health...
Meditation is a practice recommended as an alternative form of therapy or as an addition to traditional medicine. Many individuals claim that this is beneficial to their mental state of mind. It has been known to provide extra comfort and care for those who experience issues such as:
* And even some forms of depression
Some practitioners of meditation have felt a feeling of inner peace, overall calm, and a clear and insightful outlook immediately after meditating.
And finally the elusive spiritual aspects...
Many individuals that have taken on the practice of meditation have disclosed an overall feeling of peace and calm that seems to maintain at all times - not simply after having meditated.
These individuals may be experiencing the broader impact that meditation may have. Meditation can be like a pebble in a pond effect, wherein it gives the individual the benefit but that benefit extends to those around the individual, as well. Like so many things in our lives.
As you can see, meditation has benefits for the mind, body, and soul. In addition, it will offer benefits to those around you as you continue to practice and grow.
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