It’s now though that around twenty million Americans now choose to meditate on a regular basis, be ii for religious, introspective or health reasons. There’s very good reason for this too, as increasingly medical science is supporting the notions that practitioners and teachers of meditation have been saying for a very long time – that it is good for us. Not just in a mental way, but also seems to be able to help the actual body too. Here we’re going to take a look at why meditation is proving such a successful method of helping people in all aspects of life.
Meditation is a central feature to almost all religions, allowing people the means to attain a high level of focus while being incredibly physically relaxed. In some cases such as Buddhism meditation is entirely central to the accurate practice of the religion, and is a lifelong process of constant learning and achieving ever higher levels. In others it is an aspect of worship – reciting prayers as in Christian or Islamic faiths is another form of meditation too.
Individuals – be they religious or not – have found that meditation allows them the opportunity to gain emotional focus, inner calm and, very importantly, a means of compartmentalizing negative thoughts and energy. Finding a place of solitude and calm, even for just a few minutes per day, can reap incredible benefits in helping people find balance and perspective. This is why so many therapists encourage those suffering from stress, depression and anxiety to try meditation ahead of pharmaceutical treatments as often the path through such ailments can be found from within.
Even the most cynical medical practitioner will gladly assert that meditation ‘does no harm’, yet increasingly the true benefits of meditation upon physical health are being noted. Meditation calms not just the mind, but also relaxes pressure upon the circulatory and digestive systems, making it an excellent natural exercise for those with health concerns. When combined with stretching exercises such as Yoga and Tai-Chi the benefits are even better.
Above all meditation helps us to gain the inner peace that so many of us spend all of our waking lives striving towards – but in truth very rarely finding. Of course material comfort is important, but it’s pursuit is also often highly stressful. Likewise modern life can at times feel incredibly invasive, chaotic and unbalanced – regular meditation can help control all of these pressures too.
There’s no doubt that meditation is what can bring all people together, no matter what their personal circumstances or religious beliefs may be. The benefits of meditation are truly universal and it’s no surprise that many people who take it up will stick with it throughout their entire lives.