meditation forum: The 100 benefits of meditation

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Feb 5, 2010 5:27 AM CST
Name: Gloria Gerritz
Floyd, VA
I am an empath -- I cannot stand hu
It's absolutely free. All you have to do is to get instructions
on how to go forward. Then you need to practice, practice,
practice. It won't take long to begin reaping some of these

meditation can provide you with:

Physiological benefits:
1- It lowers oxygen consumption.
2- It decreases respiratory rate.
3- It increases blood flow and slows the heart rate.
4- Increases exercise tolerance.
5- Leads to a deeper level of physical relaxation.
6- Good for people with high blood pressure.
7- Reduces anxiety attacks by lowering the levels of blood lactate.
8- Decreases muscle tension
9- Helps in chronic diseases like allergies, arthritis etc.
10- Reduces Pre-menstrual Syndrome symptoms.
11- Helps in post-operative healing.
12- Enhances the immune system.
13- Reduces activity of viruses and emotional distress
14- Enhances energy, strength and vigour.
15- Helps with weight loss
16- Reduction of free radicals, less tissue damage
17- Higher skin resistance
18- Drop in cholesterol levels, lowers risk of cardiovascular disease.
19- Improved flow of air to the lungs resulting in easier breathing.
20- Decreases the aging process.
21- Higher levels of DHEAS (Dehydroepiandrosterone)
22- prevented, slowed or controlled pain of chronic diseases
23- Makes you sweat less
24- Cure headaches & migraines
25- Greater Orderliness of Brain Functioning
26- Reduced Need for Medical Care
27- Less energy wasted
28- More inclined to sports, activities
29- Significant relief from asthma
30- improved performance in athletic events
31- Normalizes to your ideal weight
32- harmonizes our endocrine system
33- relaxes our nervous system
34- produce lasting beneficial changes in brain electrical activity
35- Cure infertility (the stresses of infertility can interfere with the release of hormones that regulate ovulation).

Psychological benefits:
36- Builds self-confidence.
37- Increases serotonin level, influences mood and behaviour.
38- Resolve phobias & fears
39- Helps control own thoughts
40- Helps with focus & concentration
41- Increase creativity
42- Increased brain wave coherence.
43- Improved learning ability and memory.
44- Increased feelings of vitality and rejuvenation.
45- Increased emotional stability.
46- improved relationships
47- Mind ages at slower rate
48- Easier to remove bad habits
49- Develops intuition
50- Increased Productivity
51- Improved relations at home & at work
52- Able to see the larger picture in a given situation
53- Helps ignore petty issues
54- Increased ability to solve complex problems
55- Purifies your character
56- Develop will power
57- greater communication between the two brain hemispheres
58- react more quickly and more effectively to a stressful event.
59- increases one’s perceptual ability and motor performance
60- higher intelligence growth rate
61- Increased job satisfaction
62- increase in the capacity for intimate contact with loved ones
63- decrease in potential mental illness
64- Better, more sociable behaviour
65- Less aggressiveness
66- Helps in quitting smoking, alcohol addiction
67- Reduces need and dependency on drugs, pills & pharmaceuticals
68- Need less sleep to recover from sleep deprivation
69- Require less time to fall asleep, helps cure insomnia
70- Increases sense of responsibility
71- Reduces road rage
72- Decrease in restless thinking
73- Decreased tendency to worry
74- Increases listening skills and empathy
75- Helps make more accurate judgements
76- Greater tolerance
77- Gives composure to act in considered & constructive ways
78- Grows a stable, more balanced personality
79- Develops emotional maturity

Spiritual benefits:
80- Helps keep things in perspective
81- Provides peace of mind, happiness
82- Helps you discover your purpose
83- Increased self-actualization.
84- Increased compassion
85- Growing wisdom
86- Deeper understanding of yourself and others
87- Brings body, mind, spirit in harmony
88- Deeper Level of spiritual relaxation
89- Increased acceptance of oneself
90- helps learn forgiveness
91- Changes attitude toward life
92- Creates a deeper relationship with your God
93- Attain enlightenment
94- greater inner-directedness
95- Helps living in the present moment
96- Creates a widening, deepening capacity for love
97- Discovery of the power and consciousness beyond the ego
98- Experience an inner sense of “Assurance or Knowingness”
99- Experience a sense of “Oneness”
100- Increases the synchronicity in your life

Meditation is also completely FREE! It requires no special equipment, and is not complicated to learn. It can be practiced anywhere, at any given moment, and it is not time consuming (15-20 min. per day is good). Best of all, meditation has NO negative side effects.

Mar 14, 2010 10:57 AM CST
Name: NancyAnn
Jonesboro Ark
Thank you for the enlightenment. I knew it was good for me, but I didn't know how good.

I'm on a journey to a healthier lifestyle and have been "trying" meditation. I'm not very good at it yet; I feel the need to be in constant motion mentally and physically. (My nickname is the Tazmanian Devil. LOL) So being still and quiet is really hard for me.

I have begun having massages every week and I have to be quiet and still for 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the length of massage. I'm using massage as a preamble to meditation. I'm still not very good at relaxing and being quiet during my massage, but I'm getting better. I'll keep practicing meditation and maybe eventually I can sit still and quiet for more than 10 minutes. LOL It's really hard to keep my mind from wandering to the tasks I need to be doing. But for the health benefits, I really NEED to learn to accomplish this.

Maybe you could enlighten us on some of the techniques to help get us started. What would you advise a Tazmanian Devil to do to be able to sit in peace?

Mar 14, 2010 12:45 PM CST
Name: June_NMexico
New Mexico
In meditation it helps to not fight the thoughts that drift through your mind.
Do not acknowledge them but just quietly allow them to drift into your mind
and then drift out.

Prior to meditating, it might help to do some breathing exercises. Another
thing that helped me focus in the beginning is:

Put a lighted candle in front of you.
Squint your eyes until only a beam from the candle comes into view.
Just watch that beam of light for as long as is comfortable.

Mar 14, 2010 2:46 PM CST
Name: NancyAnn
Jonesboro Ark
Oh, I like that candle idea. I'll try that the next time. Thanks!

Mar 15, 2010 11:55 AM CST
Name: June_NMexico
New Mexico
It takes some practice to get the "squint" just right but then
you will see the light beam going right into you. I aim it to
go into my heart area. It was taught to me by someone several
years ago when I was going through four years of classes to get
my counseling license and was very stressed.

Mar 19, 2010 9:39 PM CST
Name: Gloria Gerritz
Floyd, VA
I am an empath -- I cannot stand hu
I have been meditating since about 1974. I have researched it over the years too. It can truly heal people as well as
prevent stress related illnesses.

What I do is sit comfortably in a chair; I like a recliner, but lying down on a couch is good. However, that makes it easy to just drift off. What I did was pick a word; mine is "one." Don't choose a word that has significance because the word
becomes a way to block out thoughts to a degree. When I reach a meditative state (it takes a while before I reach it;)
I am hardly breathing at all. The breath is very shallow and light. A teacher told me that one goes into the state faster if one imitates the breathing (shallow and light) of deep meditation. That does help me. The meditative state makes me feel that I don't have a body- it's just pure space and peace. At that point time doesn't mean anything. I keep my eyes closed when I meditate so that I "see" a velvety blackness which is most comforting.
Mar 20, 2010 12:00 PM CST
Name: June_NMexico
New Mexico
Gloria, when I meditate I visualize myself blending into the space
around me, blurring the boundaries of my physical body until I
feel the oneness with the Universe. I also do that at night if I have
trouble falling asleep.

I see colors when I meditate. Do you?

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