20 Research- Based Benefits of Meditation

Contrary to what most people believe, meditation is an active practice.

The image we have of someone meditating is of a person sitting cross-legged, eyes closed, with no thoughts on their mind. In reality, the practice of meditation can be performed while walking, dancing, chanting, doing yoga, breathing, talking to your inner-self, doing Tai Chi, QiGong, praying, sitting in communion, and many other ways.

Why would many traditions and even religions support the practice of meditation?

Besides the deep spiritual connection we experience while meditating, the practice of meditation has invaluable emotional, mental, and health benefits. Here are 20 of the most prevalent, research-based benefits of meditation.

  1. Reduce stress
  2. Improves concentration and attention
  3. Lowers blood pressure
  4. Increases mental clarity
  5. Enhances creativity
  6. Enhances presence
  7. Increases self-awareness
  8. Preserves brain health
  9. Reduces anxiety
  10. Improves mood
  11. Helps manage cravings
  12. Improves immune system
  13. Improves sleep
  14. Increases spiritual awakening and intuition
  15. Increases compassion
  16. Provides peace of mind
  17. Allows to see other perspectives
  18. Helps control anger
  19. Relieves pain
  20. Connects us with our higher self

Meditation is an active training of the mind. Many experts call it opening the gap between the thoughts to allow guidance to come in. When you are able to become aware of your own thoughts and how they operate in your mind, you can gain awareness and insight into the amount of control you have. Practicing meditation we learn to observe our thoughts without attaching to them and take the role of the observer. Even if you do not get to that level right away, practicing meditation will bring a sense of ease and calm much needed in our daily lives.

Experience a guided Mudra Chakra Meditation here

Listen to The Gap Between the Thoughts Meditation here