Benefits of Meditation


Why incorporate a meditation practice into your life?  One reason would be because it is a proven practice which can assist you physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Studies have shown that using meditation can assist people with a multitude of issues they are trying to overcome such as anxiety, addiction, depression, eating disorders among other things. On the physical level meditation can also assist with lowering blood pressure, decreasing pain, reduce stress hormone levels, providing a more focused approach and improving cellular health. Meditation tends to calm the emotions and thus the body’s physical reaction to those emotions.

I hold guided meditation classes and routinely receive feedback from participants about how relaxed and calm they feel following the meditation. Feeling worried or anxious about situations often drains a person’s energy and it taxes the body making the individual less productive and unable to focus on taking the right action to correct any situations within their control. The beauty of meditation is that it is a practice which can often be done at no cost. There are many ways to meditate; in silence, alone, in a group, with guided imagery or while being actively engaged in some sort of physical activity. Often people do not try to mediate because they are not quite sure what to do or having tried in the past found they had difficulty. For people who fall into this category, there are many different types of meditation classes and groups being held and they may find it to their advantage to attend and try one out. Different methods of meditation appeal to different people so it is a matter of finding a good fit.

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    • Winter Brook
      Winter Brook says:

      Hi Brian:

      Thank you for commenting. With meditation there are different schools of thought. If you have 20 -30 minutes a day to practice, it will deliver a world of difference. However, even just centering yourself in a stressful situation, using 1 -2 minutes to do so can improve things. Once you learn how to reach the calmness and stillness of your inner self, it takes less and less time to reach that. So by incorporating a routine practice in your life enables you to step quickly back into the calmness. That said, there are schools of thought that believe hours per day are necessary. So my position is to create a dedicated practice, built around your individual life schedule, give it importance but with the understanding that depending on your life, no worries if you need to alter that schedule.


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