By: Amanda Froelich, Guest, True Activist
How many times have you heard ‘meditation is good for you!’, yet you resist the actual act of sitting in silence because the mind is too great a foe to face? You’re not alone if the word ‘meditation’ strikes more fear than chords of peace, but by changing the way you think about it, perhaps it will become easier to devote at least 5 minutes per day towards contemplative reflection.
Whatever your religion, spiritual beliefs, or hectic schedule looks like, there is always time to nurture yourself a bit; this is exactly what meditation is, and the following benefits prove it!
Instead of dreading the ‘quiet time’, look forward to all the amazing benefits you can receive just by choosing to be good to yourself while letting the busy world fade away…
Psychological Benefits
    1. Builds self-confidence
    2. Increases Serotonin levels
    3. Resolves phobias and fears
    4. Helps control own thoughts
    5. Helps with focus and concentration
    6. Increases creativity
    7. Increased brain wave coherence
    8. Improves learning ability and memory
    9. Increased feelings of vitality and rejuvenation
    10. Increased emotional stability
    11. Improves relationships
    12. Mind ages at a slower rate
    13. Develops Intuition
    14. Improves relations at home & work
    15. Able to see the larger picture in a given situation
    16. Develop will power
    17. Develops emotional maturity
    18. Grows a stable, more balanced personality
    19. Greater tolerance
    20. Gives composure to act in a considered & constructive way
    21. Need less sleep to recover from sleep deprivation
    22. Decreased tendency to worry
    23. Helps make more accurate judgments
    24. Decrease in restless thinking
    25. Require less time to fall asleep, beneficial for insomnia
Physiological Benefits
      1. It lowers oxygen consumption rate
      2. Decreases respiratory rate
      3. Increases blood flow and slows the heart
      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. Enhances the immune system
      9. Helps in chronic diseases such as arthritis, allergies, etc…
      10. Helps in post-operative healing
      11. Decreases muscle tension
      12. Reduces pre-menstrual symptoms
      13. Reduces activity of viruses and emotional distress
      14. Drop in cholesterol levels, lowering risk of cardiovascular disease
      15. Helps with weight loss
      16. Higher skin resistance
      17. Improved flow of air to lungs, resulting in easier breathing
      18. Higher levels of DHEAS (Dehydroepiandrosterone)
      19. Cure headaches and migraines
      20. More inclined to sports, activities
      21. Harmonize your endocrine system
      22. Reduced need for medical care
      23. Greater orderliness of brain functioning
      24. Relaxes the nervous system
      25. Heals infertility (the stress of infertility can interfere with the release of hormones that regulate ovulation)
Spiritual Benefits
      1. Helps keep things in perspective
      2. Provides peace of mind
      3. Helps you discover your purpose
      4. Increased compassion
      5. Growing wisdom
      6. Increases self-actualization
      7. Deeper understanding of yourself and others
      8. Brings body, mind, and spirit into harmony
      9. Helps learn forgiveness
      10. Changes attitude towards life
      11. Helps one live in the present
      12. Creates a widening, deepening capacity for love
      13. Increases the synchronicity in life
      14. Allows the experience of ‘One-ness’
      15. Attain enlightenment
      16. Increases acceptance of oneself
      17. Discovery of the power and consciousness beyond the ego
      18. Deeper level of spiritual relaxation
      19. Creates a deeper relationship with God
      20. Greater inner-directedness
      21. Allows the inner sense of “Assurance” and “Knowledge”
      22. Reduces pattern of judgment
      23. Allows one to ‘let go’
      24. Opens one to limit-less belief
      25. Shifts one to being happier with simplicity, nature, and the self
If these benefits inspire you, consider printing the various gifts meditation offers and leave it in a place you’re likely to see every day for further inspiration. The art of meditation is not only free, it requires no equipment, is not time consuming (15-20 minutes per day), and has no negative side effects.
The only individual you are around your entire existence is yourself, so why not begin to gain a better relationship with the beautiful existence you are and reap the physical benefits! Meditation allows one to break away from the limited thinking of human existence and experience your true potential, so consider starting today!
About the Author
Amanda Froelich is a staff writer for TrueActivist.com, where this article was originally featured.





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