Benefits of Meditation

Benefits of Meditation

There are many things that are beyond our control. When your life feels unmanageable it’s your responsibility to get a handle on your state of mind, and change it for the better. According to Buddhism this is the most important thing we can do. Buddhism teaches us that it is the only real antidote to our own inner demons, anxieties, fears, hatreds, and general confusion that beset the human condition.

Meditation is a way of transforming the mind. Buddhist meditation practices are techniques that enhance and develop concentration, clarity, and positive emotions. By joining in with a particular meditation practice, you will be able to learn the patterns and habits of your mind, and the practice offers a means to cultivate a new, more positive way of being. Such experiences can have a transformative effect and can lead to a new understanding of life.

Reduce Your Stress

Meditation is one of the most common treatments for reducing stress. Typically, mental and physical stress cause increased levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. This can produce many of the harmful effects of stress, like the release of inflammation-promoting chemicals called cytokines. Studies show that mindfulness mediation reduces

Many styles of meditation can help reduce stress. Meditation can also reduce symptoms in people with stress-triggered medical conditions.

Control Your Anxiety

With less stress, comes less anxiety. With well-practiced meditation, you will be able to control your anxiety and reduce it. Studies have also found that medication can help with symptoms of anxiety disorders, such as social anxiety. Meditation has also been proven to help control job-related anxiety in high-pressure work environments. Meditation is a great option when you’re at work because it can be performed anywhere to help calm you down.

Improve Your Sleep

About half of Americans struggle with insomnia or a sleep condition at some point in life. People who meditate fall asleep sooner and stay asleep longer, as compared to people who do not meditate. Becoming skilled in meditation may help you control or redirect the “runaway” thoughts that typically lead to insomnia. Meditation will relax your body, releasing tension and placing you in a relaxed state where it is easier to fall asleep.

Help Control Pain

Dealing with chronic pain or trying to heal after a physical setback can be extremely difficult. Your perception of pain is connected to your state of mind, and it can be elevated in stressful conditions. Meditation can diminish the perception of pain in the brain. This may help treat chronic pain when used as a supplement to medical care or physical therapy.

Meditation is something everyone can do to improve his or her mental and emotional health. It can be practiced everywhere, without special equipment or memberships. Meditation courses and support groups are greatly available, and there are many styles of meditation that are targeted to your particular goals. Trying out a type of meditation suited to your goals is a great way to improve your quality of life, even if you only have a couple minutes to practice it every day.

For more information on achieving meditation goals and healthy living, contact Dr. Corey at (239) 325-6504 and visit his website, to learn more.

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