The concept of meditation can be somewhat confusing. Some people may think that it’s a waste of time because they believe that you simply just sit there and do nothing. Yes, you may just be sitting there and doing nothing, but there actually is a whole lot that goes on within. “Meditation is to focus one’s mind for a period of time, in silence or with the aid of chanting for religious or spiritual purposes or as a method of relaxation.“ (Oxford Dictionary).
Basically, you are resting the mind and attaining a state of consciousness that is completely different from the normal waking state. During meditation, your mind is clear, relaxed and focused. People may believe that you are asleep however you are fully awake and alert, but your mind is not focused on the external world but mainly focusing on your inner state. After a prolonged period of this, the mind is silent hence deepening the meditation.
Dalai Lama said “If every 8 year old in the world taught is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation.” Through looking through the benefits of meditation, we will finally understand why he said that!
- Lower High Blood Pressure
- Improves the immune system
- Increase energy levels
- Reduces the level of blood lactate hence reducing anxiety attacks
- Improves metabolism and helps you lose weight
- Stress relieves
- Happiness increases
- An expanded consciousness without sharpness can lead to lack of action/progress
- Creativity increases
- Peace of mind
- Increases attention span
- Improves functioning of the brain
With so many benefits and more, wouldn’t you want to give meditation a go?