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Meditation Benefits

To gain the healing benefits of crystal mediation, it is advisable to practice as often as you can. The more you come to your practice, the more you begin to incorporate it into your daily life. 

What makes meditation so beneficial? It’s possible to find the answer in a study by NCCIH. This scientific study shows the benefits that meditation can offer.

According to an article by HealthLine.com, it is beneficial to meditate regularly.

Stress Reduction

When we are stressed or feel under attack, our body produces additional Cortisol, a stress hormone. The increase in Cortisol causes numerous adverse effects of stress like the release of inflammatory chemicals called cytokines.

Cytokines can cause a rise in blood pressure, affect our sleep patterns, cause anxiety and depression, tiredness and induce unclear thought patterns.

Meditation aids stress reduction, according to one medical research study. Another two-month study found mindfulness meditation helped reduce stress-induced cytokines. In addition, a study found meditation can help with stress-related disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder and fibromyalgia.

Development of Kindness

Some styles of meditation may help induce positive sentiments and behaviors for you and others. For example, we can build a spirit of kindness and compassion to ourselves and others by practicing loving-kindness meditation. We begin with cultivating pleasant thoughts and feelings towards oneself. Then, with practice, we start to share this love, compassion and forgiveness with friends, acquaintances and eventually adversaries.

In another review of 50 university students (link the study), daily loving-kindness meditation three times a week resulted in positive feelings and better understanding and relationships with others after just one month.

Research shows, over time with continued practice, these techniques can enhance our lives, creating a better understanding of ourselves and others.

Anxiety Management

Regular meditation practice can help relieve stress and anxiety.

A 12-month study of 47 individuals with chronic pain found that completing a 2-month meditation program led to significant improvements in anxiety, feelings of despair and depression.

Another study found that two months of mindfulness meditation helped patients with generalized anxiety disorder regulate their anxiety levels and improve their positive self-statements, coping abilities and stress response. According to additional research, combining mindfulness and meditation techniques can help reduce anxiety symptoms.

Further research concluded workers who meditated mindfully for two months, resulted in better well-being and less mental distress and job stress than those who did not meditate.

Promotes Longer Attention Span

Focused-attention Meditation can assist you in increasing your attention span and energy. For example, a study found that people who practiced meditation regularly performed better on a task requiring vision and a longer attention span than those who did not meditate. Another study found people who practiced meditation, had higher accuracy and concentration when attempting a task than those who did not. Furthermore, after two months, people who meditated for only 13 minutes a day could recollect events more clearly and had improved attention capacity.

Enhances Emotional Health

Research has shown that specific types of meditation can result in a better self-image and a more positive perception of life.  

One study concluded that patients who finished a meditation exercise reported less negativity caused by seeing negative pictures than those in a control group.

Various studies and analysis have found, when mindfulness and meditation are used, people are able to alleviate depressive symptoms. The mind can be guided to remain present rather than continuing in a negative spiral of toxic thought patterns.

Better Sleep

Approximately half of the population will experience sleep deprivation at some point.

Irregular sleep sufferers who meditated regularly slept longer and had fewer severe insomnia symptoms than those who did not.

As a relaxation technique, meditation can help you manage or shift the course of your mind’s racing thoughts, which are a common cause of insomnia. Meditation tunes into the relaxation response of the nervous system, enabling stress release and encouraging a sense of calm and quiet, making it easier to fall asleep.

Self-awareness is encouraged.

Specific forms of meditation can help you gain a deeper awareness of yourself and, as a result, cultivate your ideal self. Self-inquiry meditation is one example. Its objective is to assist you in better understanding yourself and communicating with others around you. Regular meditation can also help you become more creative in problem-solving.

Other meditation methods may help you become more conscious of your negative or self-defeating thoughts. The goal of becoming more aware of your thought patterns, is to change them into more productive habits.

In one NCBI study, 153 patients who meditated thoughtfully for two weeks, reported feeling less lonely and more friendly than a control group. In addition, one evaluation of 27 studies found that practicing tai chi can help people believe in their ability to overcome hardship.

May Help Control Addictions

Meditation may aid mental discipline and help fight addictions by improving self-control and awareness of dependency triggers. For example, a study of 60 alcoholics found that practicing transcendental meditation for three months reduced stress and the desire to drink alcohol.

Meditation may also aid in the control of excessive eating urges. According to a NCBI study, patients who practiced mindfulness meditation were shown to be less emotional and impulsive when binge eating.

May Reduce Memory Loss due to Age

When you meditate regularly, you may notice that you have improved attention and clearer thinking, both of which keep your mind young. Kirtan Kriya, for example, is a type of meditation that involves repeatedly chanting or reciting a mantra while moving your fingers. According to research, older people with memory loss who practice Kirtan Kriya meditation daily have better neuropsychological abilities.

Meditation can also help elderly adults with dementia strengthen their memory and minimize memory loss caused by aging. It can help people who care for dementia patients, better manage stress and help with coping skills.

May Better Help Manage Pain

Research shows that practicing regular meditation may help manage your perception of pain.

For instance, one review of several combined studies found that regular mindfulness meditation resulted in less pain, a better quality of life and fewer depressive symptoms in patients with long-term pain. In addition, a meta-analysis of about 3,500 patients found that meditation correlated to lesser pain in some patients.

In summary, studies and research show, people who practice meditation whilst having the same suffering and causes as those who do not practice, were better able to cope with their symptoms and even feel less pain.

Lowers Blood Pressure

Meditation can improve your physical health by reducing the stress around your heart. High blood pressure can induce artery narrowing, leading to a stroke or a heart attack.

Meditation helps reduce blood pressure, according to a meta-analysis of 12 research involving over 1,000 individuals. The effect was significant in elderly patients and those who already had high blood pressure. In addition, one study discovered that various types of meditation were linked to lower blood pressure.

Conclusion

Meditation has so many health benefits, why not start meditating right now?  Read my “Top 9 Meditation Tips” to learn how to begin your meditation journey.