Benefits of Meditation

Benefits of Meditation

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In this ever increasingly hectic world we live in with non-stop news and social media, meditation is becoming more and more popular. For good reason, there are many benefits to meditation. Meditation can reduce stress which in turn can reduce blood pressure, lessen anxiety and a whole host of other positive properties. Mediation has long been used to heal both the mind and the body, and it’s easy to learn.

Benefits of Mediation

Reduces Stress

Stress is a root cause of much of what ails us in modern society so reducing it goes a long way in making our lives not only more peaceful but more enjoyable, more healthy and might just increase our lifespan. Stress can cause anxiety, contribute to depression and disrupt healthy sleep patterns. Meditation can bring things back in balance and perspective.

Decreases Depression

There have been many studies that show mediation can reduce depression in students, the elderly, pregnant women and just about everyone else. Meditation trains the brain to focus on what can be solved, rather than what is out of our control. By letting go of what you have no control over, you can reduce depression. Do not stop taking medication for depression without talking to your doctor. Meditation can be safely used with medication to treat depression, but depression is a serious disease and should be monitored by your doctor.

Reduces Anxiety

Anxiety is the mind having free reign. When you learn to control what you think, you can reduce anxiety pretty effectively. Anxiety is when you’re thoughts race, ruminate, cycle etc. By learning to control what thoughts you give weight to you can reduce your anxiety considerably.

Improves Sleep

By learning to relax on demand, you can better regulate your sleep cycle. Meditation allows you to bring your body and mind “down” after a stressful day or situation which can prevent your mind from ruminating when it’s time to go to sleep.

Reduce Blood Pressure

A recent study found that people who meditated by repeating a non-vocalized word (such as OM) could reduce their blood pressure by as much as five points, though it was more effective in older people who had higher blood pressure. Mediation helps to reduce the “fight or flight” response that happens when we are stressed or anxious.

Mediation can be done at any time, and any where. It costs nothing to practice and provides many more benefits than are listed here.

Books on Meditation for Beginners

Wherever you go, there you are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Mindfulness in Plain English by Henepola Gunaratana

The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation by Thich Nhat Hanh

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhard Tolle


About the author:

Dr. Janna Fond lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two children. When not seeing clients, playing with her kids or working on her latest manuscript, she enjoys cycling, yoga and relaxing on the beach.

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