Chapter 3 : Benefits Of Mindfulness Meditation

It is said that whatever we do with concentration and awareness becomes Meditation. Meditation gives us this immaculate awareness of being, in which we drop our self-image, let go of pride and restless resistance that is hindering us from healing, artistic, stillness and as well as our bridge to our soul. With meditation it enables us to verge on positive energy and get in touch with our emotions. We can notice this when we spend more time to ourselves sitting and giving utmost attention to what we are really feeling, setting aside the judgment’s and other negative thoughts. They may say that in order for us to properly achieve tranquility and calmness, we need to move our self outside the world, but no, there are other ways not to be lost, it all takes time to understand so that we can feel much better in all sorts of level. What really hinders us from being calm and possessing the inner peace is excessive thinking of mistakes and pressures that may occurred in the past or we are enduring in the present situation. We can always plan for the future but we can still live the moment. Achieving this kind of serenity gives us the confidence and the clearer version of what we usually think, therefore, meditation allows us to prevent and put away anything that bounds our potentials and possibilities. This gives us the audacity and the ability to reflect comprehensibly.

By constant practice of this kind of meditation, we create a uniquely defined state of psycho-physical condition, giving us physical relaxation and increase our mental alertness. Our mind decides and responds to certain situations that lead the body to feel stress and anxiety, if our mind is relaxed and calm, then we can be able to think wisely, do things carefully and choose cautiously.

There are some studies that conveys meditation leading towards psychological increase compared to those individuals that don’t practice meditation. The study demonstrates the changes of the brain structure that has gained improvements since they started meditating. It was said that the cerebral cortex in areas associated with attention and emotional integration has thickened. They say that meditation has been considered to be a mental discipline by focusing only in one kind of sensation of the body or other thing.

Main Benefits Gained In Mindfulness Meditation

Physiological Benefits

Through Mindfulness Meditation, our mind starts to think less and focus on a single detail creating calmness, therefore:

  • Making our heart decrease its rate.
  • Lowering our blood pressure in normal and moderately hypertensive individuals.
  • Recovering fast from stress.
  • Increasing in Alpha rhythms.
  • Enhancing synchronizations of the right and left hemispheres of the brain.
  • Reducing cholesterol levels.
  • Decreasing on consumption of energy and need for oxygen.
  • Deepening and slower breathing.
  • Relaxing of muscles.
  • Reducing the intensity of pain.
  • Increases exercise tolerance.
  • Normalizing the ideal weight.
  • Increasing the chance of prevention to asthmatic diseases.
  • Harmonizing the endocrine system.
  • Producing lasting beneficial changes in brain electrical activity.

Psychological Benefits

Mindfulness has been used to refer as psychological state of awareness, this is a practice that promotes processing of information and character traits. The following are the psychological benefits of Mindfulness Meditation:

  • Enhancing self-creativity and self-actualization.
  • Heightening the perceptual clarity and sensitivity.
  • Reducing both acute and chronic anxiety.
  • Experiencing a lot of happiness and peace of mind.
  • Decreasing of emotional reactivity and turmoil; fewer intense negative emotions and dramatic mood swings.
  • Increases empathy.
  • Develops Intuition.
  • Increased Productivity.
  • Helps with focus and concentration.
  • Increases serotonin level.
  • Increase brain wave coherence.
  • Develops will power.
  • Purifies character.
  • Helps cure insomnia.
  • Less aggressiveness.
  • Reduce road rage.
  • Develops emotional maturity.
  • Increased Job satisfaction.
  • React more quickly and more effectively to a stressful event.
  • Greater tolerance.
  • Higher intelligence growth rate.
  • Increase listening skills.
  • Helps make more accurate judgments.
  • Gives composures to act in considered and constructive ways.

Other Great Benefits of Mindfulness Meditation

Awakening to the Present Moment

We all rush things up that we forsake the beauty of the present moment which is unfolding beyond our very eyes. We always anticipate the next problem or another great thing to happen. Meditation incorporates the lesson of living the present moment and slowing things up. This reminds us to appreciate the present, although past is important but in meditation – past is just a memory and the future is a fantasy , projected in the movie screen of the mind at the moment.

Knowing the Real You

To accept yourself is one of Mindfulness Meditation is teaching, we tend to forget how well we do and sometimes self-doubt and self-hatred comes along the way. This is important in a way that they contribute in the over all improvement as well as knowing our self in the hard way. When we meditate, we try to reduce the negative energy brought by bad decisions, in the process, we begin to treat our self as it if it’s a close friend. We try to understand more, love more and most importantly – to accept who we are. With this we can produce more positive vibes that strengthen our optimistic point of view and other good character traits.

To Interact Others

Upon realizing and accepting yourself and your being, now its time to open up your heart in terms of your relationships to your family and friends. Sometimes we find it cynical when we do things our own way, we try to bypass others just to accomplish desired goals, by that, it serves as a barricade towards the feelings of others. By meditating, we open up the channels that links us to our close relatives and dearest companions. With this, we now accept them as to what they are really wholeheartedly, creating intimacy, concern, and a deeper meaning of love.

Composing the Mind and loosening the Body

Based on the scientific studies, our mind and our physical body is indivisible, thus, upon finding peace in our mind through relaxation, our body reacts positively. The way we think and compose our mind may establish a greater increase on negating health risk in the coming years.

Experiencing Happy thoughts and Joyous Moments

Who would now want to be happy and experience such gift? We tend to find happiness on material things and other objects that somehow disappoints us afterwards. A piece of

advice – Start Meditating. Technology can now detect on how high the increase of a certain individual experience happiness through meditation. They say that upon meditation, we can abruptly change our emotional state from depression to gladness. Surveys shows that the basic level of relative happiness stays the same throughout our life no matter what we experience. So start meditating and experience a different connotation of happiness.

Getting into Details and Flow

When we meditate, we decrease our self in focusing on large amount of thoughts, converting it in a single thing and object and converting it into positive energies. Somehow this kind of focus provides us the ultimate enjoyment and the definitive antidote to the fragmentation and alienation of post modern life. With this kind of meditation, we learn to focus and discharge other unnecessary things to think about, giving us to ability to apprehend present situations and offer the best of what we have.

Being Balanced.

To keep pace with the fast growth change of life, Mindfulness Meditation offers an inner groundedness and balance. We can achieve such by embracing the dark and the light, the weak and the strong of us. By then, we can no longer be afraid when sometimes life pulls us back, with the

knowledge we have within ourselves and the balance we learned, we can easily cope up to the challenges that life is giving to us.

Increase in Performance at work and in Play.

Practicing Mindfulness Meditation gives us the ability to think fast, accurate and understand a lot of what is served. Our creativity is boost as well as our self-actualization and many others that contribute to superior performance. By these we can perceive well, comprehend well, and perform well in all sorts of events and activities.

Increase in Appreciation, Love and Gratitude.

When we practice meditation, we take things freshly and organized which leads us to opening up our emotional state of being. Through meditation, we discharge judgment and aversion, we now tend to appreciate others doing and feel the sincerity in each kinds of levels.

Getting Align with our True Calling.

When we close our eyes and make ourselves relaxed, we can find our source of purpose in life. We can get in touch with our conscious awareness finding the answer to all of our questions. We start to navigate using our thoughts and search for things that may somehow aid us to accomplish yearning goals.

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