Meditation has many benefits and the next time that you decide to meditate and switch off from the world, be sure to remember these benefits…
- Improved Immunity
Studies show that relaxation has been shown to boost the immunity of many cancer patients in recovery. In particular, a study done by Ohio State University shows that progressive muscle relaxation can reduce the risk of breast cancer from recurring when practiced daily. There has been another study that shows that a month of various relaxation exercises actually boosts naturally occurring killer cells in elderly people, which offers a greater resistance against many viruses as well as tumors.
- Helps with Emotional Balance
It is typically quite difficult to achieve complete emotional balance, which is when you are free of neurotic behavior that is due to a traumatized ego. However, meditation is one of the few ways that you can actually cure your own neurosis and help to ease unbalanced emotional states. Meditation helps by cleansing your ego and emotional memories and actually gives you greater mental balance. So, create a nice quiet space in a place with plants, a feeling of relaxation and a fountain from soothing walls and try to address your emotional balance.
- Improves Fertility
According to a study done by the University of Western Australia, it has been shown that women are more likely to get pregnant when they are more relaxed than stressed. Another study done by the Trakya University has also found that high stress actually decreases the sperm count in men as well as motility. This shows that relaxation and meditation are also good for increasing men’s fertility.
- Helps Irritable Bowel Syndrome
People that suffer from irritable bowel syndrome and have practiced meditation twice per day, typically experience relief and improvement of their condition. These symptoms typically include constipation, bloating, diarrhea etc. Meditating has been found to be so effective against this illness that it is now recommended as a treatment.
- Reduces Blood Pressure
There was a study done by the Harvard Medical School which found that meditation and general relaxation helps to lower blood pressure and it also reduces the body’s response to typical stress hormones. The effect of meditation was as effective as medication that is meant to lower blood pressure. Also, according to the British Medical Journal, they have found that patients that were actually trained on how to relax and meditate typically have much lower blood pressure.
- Anti-Inflammatory Effects
It is no secret that high stress leads to inflammation in the body, which then leads to problems such as arthritis, heart disease, asthma, psoriasis etc. However, meditation and relaxation have been found to actually prevent and treat the typical symptoms of these illnesses because it reduces or switches off the stress response in the body. There has been a study done by the McGill University in Canada which shows that meditation drastically improved psoriasis and its associated symptoms.
- Increases Calmness
One of the differences between people who meditate and those who don’t is that in a meditating mind, thoughts which occur are witnesses, whereas in the non-meditating mind, when thoughts occur, it takes hold and is the “boss”. So, when an upsetting thought occurs in both minds, the person who meditates sees it as just a thought, allows it to arise and die. However, the same upsetting thought is allowed to create a storm of stress and negative emotions in the mind of the person who doesn’t meditate.