The benefits of meditation

Category: Article or Blog Published: Sunday, 20 December 2020 Written by Sarah PJ White

Mediation is something often branded around as essential for a balanced, happy life. Those of us who practice it are well aware of the huge benefits that can be gleaned from it – but those who haven’t yet discovered it, often discount it as being ‘new age’ or something they simply can’t do.

So what are the perceived benefits of mediation and why do so many people think they can’t do it?

Mediation, in its various forms, has been around for thousands of years. The exact origins are unclear, however most of us immediate associate it to Tibet, India, China, Buddhism and Taoism, to name a few.

This brings to mind an image of sitting still, for hours and days, whilst you work at the art of clearing your mind of any thoughts it may have, forcing them to go away so you can empty your mind. But in reality, most of us are really busy – and the idea of trying to clear your mind, seems too much like hard work!

In reality however, you don’t force thoughts from your mind – you acknowledge them and let them gently go. And, you can benefit from meditation, in as little as a few minutes every day. (If you think you can’t meditate, why not check out our recent article, showing how mediation really is easier than you think!)

We mentioned benefits – so what are they exactly?

Meditation truly DOES have lots of benefits attached to it, from improving your overall physical health, to helping your emotional and mental wellbeing too. Here are a few of those benefits to get you started:

  • Clears your head
  • You feel more connected
  • Improves social connections and relationships
  • Lowers stress, worry and anxiety levels
  • Increases your attention span
  • Improves brain function
  • Increases happiness
  • Builds on your gratitude and appreciation
  • Reduces ageing
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Helps you sleep better
  • Decreases tension and relaxes muscles
  • Increases creativity and intuition
  • Improves your immune system
  • Increases serotonin levels – so better moods and behaviour
  • Increase your energy levels
  • Gives you the time and space to get to know YOU

With so many benefits, meditation isn’t just a ‘new age’ thing, nor is it something you try once and then give up on – it’s something that you can easily fit into the busiest of schedules and for any age group – so why not give it a chance and see how quickly you can reap the rewards!

Want to know more? My Find Yourself Day Retreats are great places to start - check out the Medit ation and Relaxation ones. 

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