I have a very hard time meditating, getting quiet, and sitting still. I struggle to clear my mind, and I can’t spend hours at it – as much as I’d like to. I’m just not the kind of guy that can get into mindful meditation and mindfullness as easily as others.
However, the times that I have gotten into that meditative, quiet state, I’ve felt absolutely amazing afterwards. It’s a feeling that I cannot compare with anything else, and I’ve tried hard to get myself back into that state just to get the meditative high that comes after being quiet and meditating.I did some research into the health benefits of meditation, and I was amazed by all the ways that meditating can make you feel better. It will actually improve your life in many ways, so it’s something highly recommended for anyone and everyone.
This isn’t something I’m interested in, but I know many men and women around the world will be fascinated by the discoveries made by the University of Western Australia.
The research showed that women are more easily able to conceive when the feel relaxed, and meditation helped to put them in that stress-free state.
Another study done at Trayka University in Turkey showed that stress is a cause of low sperm count and motility, but dealing with stress -via meditation and other stress-busting methods – helped to restore proper sperm count.
Meditation and mindfullness can benefit both men and women alike, it seems.
Did You Know: Most of the information that we have on meditation has only been discovered in the last decade or so? There were just 70 studies on meditation published in peer-review journals in the year 2000, but there were 560 studies published by 2011.
Lower Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is one of the primary problems in our overweight country, but did you know that meditation can help to lower your blood pressure?
A study done by researchers at Harvard Medical School discovered meditation’s ability to lower blood pressure, thanks to the fact that it prevents your body from responding to cortisol – the hormone that is produced when you are stressed.
A study published in the British Medical Journal also showed that patients that learned how to relax and calm themselves using meditation had much lower blood pressure than those that went about their day carrying around all their stress.
Got high blood pressure? Meditation can be the key!
Relief from Irritable Bowel Syndrome
IBS is a problem that sounds funny for those of us who don’t have it, but it’s a serious problem for those that suffer from the crippling digestive problem.
A research project done at the State University of New York turned up a wealth of information on the effects meditation has on IBS and those suffering from it. Not only did it help to reduce the constipation and diarrhea caused by the disorder, but it actually eliminated a lot of the symptoms of bloating that accompanies IBS.
Meditation is actually recommended as a viable treatment method for IBS.
Boosted Immune System
Meditation can boost your immune system in many ways.
An Ohio State University study learned that practicing muscular relaxation daily can help to prevent breast cancer from recurring, while another study at the same university showed that meditation actually killed off cancer cells in senior citizens – reducing their risk of tumors.
A study conducted at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Health discovered that those that practice meditation spend fewer days off work sick with colds, coughs, and other acute respiratory infections – and any time they get sick, the symptoms last for a much shorter period.
Inflammation is the cause behind many problems, including asthma, psoriasis, heart disease, arthritis, and more.
Preventing swelling is one of the best ways to reduce these problems, and meditation can help to reduce the stress that can cause swelling – or so a study done by the Emory University discovered.
When your body is accustomed to meditating and relaxing, it just won’t respond to the stress – thus no inflammation or stress-induced responses occur.
A Canadian study done at the McGill University showed that meditation actually helped to reduce the symptoms of psoriasis.
Did you know that meditating can help to prevent depression? Pregnant women often suffer from post-partum depression, caused by the changing hormones after giving birth.
Mindfulness yoga has been linked to reduced depression, and improved wellbeing after childbirth. A study done at the University of Leuven linked meditation to reduced depression in teenagers. Meditation helped to reduce stress and anxiety in the teenagers participating in the study, thereby reducing their risk of depression.
Lifehack: Want to practice meditation on the go? Download some of the meditation iPhone apps to your smart phone, hook up your headphones, and get meditating. There are healing meditations, simple breathing exercises to help you relax, centering exercises, and even rejuvenating meditations that will give you a boost of energy.
One of the best things about meditation is that it will provide benefits to your body even when you’re not meditating.
By meditating, you are changing the way your amygdala responds to emotional stimuli – or so says a study published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. Your brain will respond to these stimuli more positively and productively, and it’s all thanks to meditation.
Can everybody say “Ommmmmmmmmmmm” with me?