Benefits of a Daily Meditation Practice

“Meditation is the dissoloution of thoughts in Eternal awareness or Pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity”  Swami Sivananda

This year, I have decided to make the practice of Meditation just as important as my yoga practice.  During my trip to the Sivananda Ashram  this month I was reminded of how personally fulfilling a regular meditation practice is.  Since returning home, I have prepared a special place in my home where I can comfortably practice Meditation in peace.  Surrounded by lots of natural light, cushioned by a thick mattress, and with no clutter around — I find myself absorbed in endless moments of stillness and silence.

Below are a few important benefits of a regular meditation practice:

Reduced Stress-  Closing the eyes, sitting in silence, and breathing deeply will greatly reduce the stress in your life.  Even if you are meditating for a few minutes, these precious minutes to yourself will help you relax and let go of constantly “doing” something.  Set a timer and tell yourself you have no where to be and nothing to be doing until the buzzer goes off. 

Heath Benefits-  The health benefits of a regular meditation practice are directly related to the relief of stress.  Stress causes cortisol (the stress hormone) levels to increase in the blood.  After a repeated and consistent spike in cortisol levels the body enters a state of chronic stress.  Chronic stress contributes to impaired cognitive performance, suppressed thyroid function, suppressed thyroid function, blood sugar imbalances, decreased bone density, decrease in muscle tissue, higher blood pressure, lowered immunity and inflammatory responses in the body, slowed wound healing, increased abdominal fat, increased chance of heart attack.  Just to name a few.  The list goes on.

Control your Thoughts- Regular practice of meditation will teach you how to control your thoughts.  You will start to discover patterns to your thoughts and gain the ability to push the thoughts out of your mindspace to discover more space and peace.

Detachment-  One of the benefits to meditation is the ability to stop allowing small irritants  to effect your thoughts and attitude.  Over time you will become detached to unimportant thoughts and they will no longer have the power to sway your mood. 

Happiness and Peace of Mind- Through meditation you will find that true happiness comes from our inner world and is not acheived by outside influences.  Once our minds are clear of outside distractions we find beauty and happiness in the experience of just “being”.  This clear mind will also allow you to experience peace which also comes from within.

Concentration- Through meditation we gradually increase our ability to concentrate.  This one-pointed focus that we enter in meditation will help you achieve focus in all other areas of your life.

Spontaneity and Creativity- When our minds are no longer busy thinking of insignificant and distracting thoughts about our future and past, we become open to being in the present moment.  Being in the present moment opens us up to the possibility of true spontaneity and creativity.

From my open heart to yours,

Shanell

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