When viewed from a completely westernised perspective the very concept of mediation is typically ridiculed, laughed at or shrugged off as some kind of hippy hobby. This of course is a complete misnomer; mediation is suitable for people of all ages, all backgrounds and what’s best is it requires nothing but the investment of time. Meditation is the art and practice of bathing in complete stillness, stillness is a natural state, the state of the spirit.
The definition of mediation is ‘any form or family of practices in which practitioners train their minds or self-induce a mode of consciousness to realise some benefit. Simply put, those who mediate know that the answers to all their questions and problems are found within themselves, nowhere else.
The primary aim for anybody who mediates is to train the busy mind in becoming quiet whilst releasing the psyche from the stress, anxiety or depression that is amalgamated from physical reality. Once the meditative state is embraced and scattered thought energy starts to clear, the cosmic forces can then flow in through the crown of your head and saturate your etheric body in a loving, healing manner.
Meditation is a discipline that was practiced way before the formation of the three major religions. Here’s Nakhthorheb in a Kneeling Position known to stimulate the crown chakra, Kemet, between 595 and 589 BC, housed in the Louvre Museum Paris.
1 - Improved mood and working memory even under stress.
Meditation is not an activity designed to take us away from the problems of life, rather it helps us face them with our full capacity.
2 - Alleviate mental distractions
Training the mind to stay focused is a major #motivation for practising meditation.
3 - Increase the size of your brain
Meditating actually causes your brain to grow. However, age tends to cause thinning in the frontal-cortex. Without proper mental exercise, the gray matter responsible for language, cognition and emotional processing gradually degrades.
4 - Enhance the strength of your immune response
Studies show that meditation not only improves mood, but also improves the quality of your immune response.
5 - Alleviate symptoms caused by sickness
Meditation helps improve the #symptoms from a wide range of conditions, such as:
High blood pressure
Meditation is a better stimulant for you than a cup of coffee.
7 - Getting into a state of flow
Losing yourself in the activity, intuitively knowing what you're going to do next, reacting spontaneously and purposefully to present circumstances, being unaware of the passage of time and confidence in your ability to face challenges; these are all feelings which accompany a state of flow.
8 - Improve your powers of empathy
Cultivating compassion can have a profound impact on how we deal with others. Forgiveness and compassion are important for building strong relationships.
9 – Mediation Practices Decreases Depression
In a study conducted at five middle schools in Belgium, involving about 400 students (13 ~ 20 years old), Professor Filip Raes concludes that “students who follow an in-class mindfulness program report reduced indications of depression, anxiety and stress up to six months later. Moreover, these students were less likely to develop pronounced depression-like symptoms.”
Another study, from the University of California, made with patients with past depression, concluded that mindfulness meditation decreases ruminative thinking and dysfunctional beliefs.
10 – Meditation makes you stronger against pain
A research group from theUniversity of Montrealexposed
13 Zen masters and 13 comparable non-practitioners to equal degrees of painful
heat while measuring their brain activity in a functional magnetic resonance
imaging (fMRI) scanner. What they discovered is that the Zen meditation (called
zazen) practitioners reported less pain. Actually, they reported less pain than
their neurological output from the MRI indicated. So, even though their brain
may be receiving the same amount of pain input,in their mind’s there is actually less pain.
11 – Meditation Fosters Creativity
A research from Leiden University (Netherlands) demonstrates that the practice of “open monitoring” meditation (non-reactively monitoring the content of experience from moment-to-moment) has positive effects in creativity and divergent thinking. Participants who had followed the practice performed better in a task where they were asked to creatively come up with new ideas.
12 – Reduces Social Isolation
In a study published in the American Psychological Association, subjects that did “even just a few minutes of loving-kindness meditation increased feelings of social connection and positivity toward novel individuals, on both explicit and implicit levels. These results suggest that this easily implemented technique may help to increase positive social emotions and decrease social isolation”.
13 – Attain enlightenment
Enlightenment is possibly the end-all of spiritual aspiration. This elusive attainment has kept philosophers and spiritual seekers contemplating the mysteries of the world for thousands of years.
It does not stop there; the results of meditation are key factors for health optimisation, balancing of the mind, body and soul.