7 Benefits Of Meditation

7 Benefits Of Meditation

Meditation and relaxation are usually thought of as the domain of the lazy or the hippy however research has blown these preconceived notions out of the water. Here is 7 scientifically proven benefits taken from Dr Herbert Benson of Harvard University [1].

Balancing Emotion

Emotional balance means to be free of all the neurotic behavior that results from a suffering soul full of pain and anguish. This is very hard to completely achieve but meditation can certainly help to soothe such neurosis and unhealthy emotional states. As your consciousness is absolve of unhealthy and traumatic memories, you will feel a great balance and a weight lifted from your head and shoulders. Your life will soon become rooted in the present and move away from the past creating a more positive outlook on life.

Increased Fertility Rate

A study at the University of Western Australia found that women are more likely to conceive naturally when they are relaxed rather than stressed and meditation is but 1 path to a more relaxed mental state. Trakya University in Turkey also found that stress can reduce the sperm count of men, suggesting that relaxation and meditation may also boost male fertility [2].

Keeping Calm In Stressful Situations

The difference between those who meditate and those who do not, is that for a meditative mind the thought occurs but is merely seen, but in an ordinary mind, the thought occurs and takes control. So in both minds, an troubling thought can occur, but for those who meditate the benefit comes when they understand that it is just another thought. This results in the thought being allowed to blossom and then die, while in the ordinary mind the thought becomes a tempestuous sea which can threaten to overturn a previously steady ship.

Boosted Level Of Immunity

Relaxation appears to boost immunity in recovering cancer patients. Now this is definitely not to say that you should only do this and avoid medication, but a study at the Ohio State University found that progressive muscular relaxation, when practiced daily, reduced the risk of breast cancer recurrence. In another study at Ohio State, a month of relaxation exercises boosted natural killer cells in the elderly, giving them a greater resistance to tumors and to viruses.

Can Lower Blood Pressure

A study at Harvard Medical School found that meditation lowered blood pressure by making the body less responsive to stress hormones, in a similar way to blood pressure-lowering medication. Meanwhile a British Medical Journal report found that patients trained how to relax had significantly lower blood pressure.

Has Anti Inflammatory Properties

Stress leads to inflammation, a state linked to heart disease, arthritis, asthma and skin conditions such as psoriasis, say researchers at Emory University in the US. Relaxation can help prevent and treat such symptoms by switching off the stress response. In this way, one study at McGill University in Canada found that meditation clinically improved the symptoms of psoriasis.

Has An Effect Of Relieving Irritable Bowel Syndrome

When patients suffering from irritable bowel syndrome began practicing a relaxation meditation twice daily, their symptoms of bloating, diarrhea and constipation improved significantly. The meditation was so effective the researchers at the State University of New York recommended it as an effective treatment.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald