Will this motivate you into action? Here’s one heck of a list!
by: Cynthia Arroyo (www.tomhitchens.com) – Are you a skeptic? Come on, admit it – you are, just a little right? I am!
This got me thinking about people, like me, who may not believe all of the hoopla going around about how fantastic meditation is, and how life changing it can be.
I did some research of my own and would like to share it with you. Research shows that just 10 minutes of meditating can reduce stress and help calm us down.
Here we go….
Let’s talk about our brain and moods.
1. Brain & Moods
Just look at the effect meditation has on the brain, can you tell the difference? The brain on the right looks pretty calm doesn’t it.
Take a look at this list, Tom mentions several of these things in his video.
I found a great article on thewayofmeditation.com.au that included all of the great benefits of meditation, backed by science of course. Check it out.
- Mindfulness practices decreases depression
- Meditation practices help regulate mood and anxiety disorders
- Meditation reduces stress and anxiety in general
- Meditation helps reduce symptoms of panic disorder
- Meditation increases grey matter concentration on the brain
Meditation helps reduce alcohol and substance abuse
2. Mind & Performance
Check out the brain on the left compared to the brain on the right. if you have chronic pain, meditating actually helps to control it. After meditating the brain is calm once again. Interesting……
- Meditation relieves pain better than morphine
- Meditation helps manage ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)
- Meditation increases the ability to keep focus in spite of distractions (Remember Tom talking about focus and handling his busy schedule?)
- Meditation improves learning, memory and self-awareness, improves rapid memory recall
- Meditation improves your mood and psychological well-being
- Meditation prevents you from falling in the trap of multitasking too often
- Meditation helps us allocate limited brain resources
- Meditation improves visuospatial processing and working memory
- Meditation prepares you to deal with stressful events
- Mindfulness meditation fosters creativity
Let’s move on to your body and health. The lists seem to be endless don’t they. The benefits alone should be enough to motivate anybody.
3. Body & Health
How’s your health? Do you have the energy to jump out of bed each morning and face the day with a positive attitude and a smile on your face?
- Meditation reduces risk of heart diseases and stroke
- Meditation affect genes that control stress and immunity
- Meditation reduces blood pressure
- Mindfulness training decreases inflammatory disorders
- Mindfulness meditation decreases cellular-level inflammation
- Mindfulness practice helps prevent asthma, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease
- Meditation and meditative prayer help treat premenstrual syndrome and menopausal symptoms
Who doesn’t want a great relationship! This is something we all strive for and some never attain. Meditation can open you up to this and much more.
- Meditation improves your empathy and creates positive relationships
- Meditation also reduces social isolation
- Meditation increases feelings of compassion and decreases worry and stress
- Meditation reduces emotional eating
5. Mindfulness And Meditation For Kids
MindfulnessInSchools.org did a huge study on the effects of meditation on kids. They need to incorporate meditation into the school day if you ask me. Just look at this list…
- reduced depression symptoms
- reduced somatic stress
- reduced hostility and conflicts with peers
- reduced anxiety
- reduced reactivity
- reduced substance use
- increases cognitive retention,self-care, optimism, positive emotions, self-esteem, feelings of happiness and well-being
- improves social skills, sleep, self-awareness and academic performance
The teachers and staff where also included in this study. WOW! Just look at how it affected them.
- increased personal qualities of open-minded curiosity, kindliness, empathy, compassion, acceptance, trust, patience, and non-striving, and the skills of focusing, and paying and switching attention
- improvements in physical and mental health that tend to follow the learning of mindfulness, including conditions particularly relevant to the teaching profession such as stress and burnout
- improved teaching self-efficacy
- improved physical health
- increased ability to give more appropriate support for students by through being more motivated and autonomous
- decreased stress
- increased work motivation
- improved spatial memory, working memory and sustained attention
So, is this enough to convince you? Science confirms it, meditation can prevent disease, keep you healthy,keep mentally vital, physically strong and make you happy and optimistic.
If that isn’t enough – I don’t know what is…..
P.S. It can even improve your sex life!
Let us know what you think, feel free to leave a comment.
Cynthia Arroyo, Managing Editor – (TomHitchens.com)
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