There are many benefits of meditation that can bring about several positive feelings and thoughts in your mind and body.

Many successful businessmen and sports professionals mediate regularly to enjoy the benefits of meditation. Nowadays, employers also encourage their staff to practice meditation. Meditation has been scientifically proven to improve and balance one’s physical, emotional and mental state. Doctors often promote the benefits of meditation to their patients who suffer from stress related illnesses or even other types of illness and conditions, such as insomnia. Meditation has also helped those who are trying to quit smoking or taking drugs.

Let’s look at the benefits of meditation, which are categorized into physiological, psychological and spiritual benefits.

Physiological benefits
•       Meditation helps to increase blood flow and slows the heart rate, which will lower oxygen consumption of the body. This is beneficial for those who are suffering from high blood pressure.
•     Meditation decreases muscle tension and makes one more energetic and vigourous, and less fatigue.
•     Meditation can help one enter a deeper level of physical relaxation by relaxing our nervous system and reducing anxiety attacks by lowering the levels of blood lactate.
•     It can also enable one to be more inclined to sports and activities by increasing exercise tolerance.
•     Meditation prevents and controls the pain of chronic diseases.
•     It helps to cure headaches and migraines.
•     It can help one to quit smoking, drug or alcohol addiction.

Psychological benefits
•      Meditation can help one to build self-confidence by resolving phobias and fears, and controlling one’s thoughts.
•     It helps one to be focus and concentrate better by increasing brain wave coherence and improving one’s learning ability and memory.
•     Meditation can also help one to have a more sociable behaviour and be less aggressive. This will in turn improve relationships at work and at home, as well as increase the capacity for intimate contact with loved ones.
•     Meditation gives one greater tolerance and composure, and a stable and well-balanced personality.
•      Meditation reduces the dependency on drugs and pharmaceuticals and helps one to sleep better at night.
•     It helps one to develop an emotional maturity that will in turn help to ignore petty issues.

Spiritual benefits
•      Meditation brings the body, mind and soul in harmony to foster a deeper level of spiritual relaxation and a deeper understanding of oneself and others.
•     Meditation helps to keep things in perspective and provides a peace of mind, a sense of happiness and increase compassion.
•     It enables one to discover his/her purpose with an increased self-actualization.
•     It changes one’s attitudes towards life and can even help one to attain enlightenment.
•     Meditation also helps one to grow wisdom and be forgiving towards others.

The benefits of meditation are boundless. Everyday, people discover more benefits as they practice meditation. Meditation is easy to do and it is free. It can be done in the comfort of your home and do not require professional guidance, although some meditation techniques do. You can meditate at home with a meditation CD to guide you along. It does not take much of your time – 15 to 20 minutes each day is sufficient for you to enjoy the benefits of meditation!