The benefits of meditation

Learning to meditate

There are lots of things that you want to achieve when you are learning to meditate. Because of this, meditation seems to be a difficult journey to begin. But, when you are clear about the goals that you are after through meditation, and you have learned the basics, meditation is something that is really quite simple to do.

First of all, there are plenty of meditation types which beginners can attempt. They originate in Asia, based upon the hundreds of different religions that are found there. Each of these religions tends to have many different types of meditation techniques, and this seems to make the initial selection of a meditation type difficult. For example, there are hundreds of different types of Buddhist meditations to be tried out. Nevertheless, you have to remember when picking the best meditation for beginners that the form of meditation you will choose may turn out to be the same one you will stick with throughout. You should definitely not turn away from a type of meditation just because it seems to be more difficult to master.

The very first thing you need to keep in mind as a meditation beginner is that the process of meditation should be a very comfortable one. Actually for most meditation types, comfort is the first thing you should be making sure that you have. It’s so much easier to meditate and relax when your body is not distracted by various discomforts. As you further your knowledge of meditation, you will learn to ignore all the inconveniences your body might feel at times, but that will come later, with time and practice.

Second, make certain that you practice meditation daily. Meditation is only effective if you set aside the time and effort to do it. For example while you think long and hard enough whether or not you wanted to meditate, you could already be halfway done your meditation practice. Start with guided meditation sessions, as they can last as few as three minutes, which makes them extremely simple to make the time for.

You can also meditate while travelling, but do not listen to meditation tapes while driving. If you are in the passenger seat, you can close your eyes and meditate. If you take public transit, you can ignore the world around you and focus your thoughts on meditation. Several meditation types include mantras, so it is usually quite easy for the experienced to meditate even in loud places.

Learning to meditate is really easy, what tends to be difficult, though, is making the time to actually do it.

The benefits of meditation

The benefits of meditation include:

  • reduced blood pressure
  • increased sense of relaxation in the body
  • reduced feeling of pain
  • increased body strength and stamina
  • increased hand-eye coordination
  • reduced heart beat
  • increased vitality
  • weight stabilized to a normal level
  • lessened menstrual pains
  • clearer thought patterns

The mental benefits to meditation:

  • stronger ability to learn and retain what we have learned
  • increased productivity
  • decreased irritation and mood swings
  • increased creativity
  • decreased levels of stress and anxiety

Spiritual benefits to gain through meditation:

  • increased self-confidence
  • more developed feelings of compassion, gratitude and love
  • increased sense of inner peace and calmness
  • increased intuition and ‘gut’ feeling
  • increased feeling of being close to nature

People all over the world see the many fold benefits of meditation and there are thousands of new people joining meditation groups, or learning to meditate on their own every single day.