What Are The Advantages Of Meditation?

By: Mike Selvon

In many ways, people who live today have the most advantages and conveniences of any other period of human history, yet for some reason many of these advantages have resulted in people feeling even more pressured to do more and do it faster. With cellular phones, PDAs, and laptops glued to their sides, it is hard to even feel that they are ever actually away from work. Interestingly, the ancient practice of meditation might be the best way for modern people to cope.

There are numerous benefits to meditation. As more modern, mainstream medical practitioners look into meditation techniques, the more they have started to acknowledge some of these benefits. Of course, this is nothing new to a great many people and is simply what Eastern religious and cultural traditions have known for centuries.

However, in this society, when a top story in the national headlines provides reports about the benefits of meditation, it is interesting indeed. There have now been a number of studies that have told of very ill patients responding to treatment much better when they used meditation techniques.

The fact that this is a major news story in the Western world, and yet is simply a well-known fact in the Eastern world, is a clear indication of how far behind Western medicine is, with regard to integrating spirituality into healthcare approaches. In fact, to many in Eastern cultures it even seems laughable to waste time on a study of the benefits of meditation when in that part of the world it has been a fact of life and practice for as long as anyone can remember.

But, the news is that researchers in the Western world have proven through scientific means, that the regular practice of meditation is an effective, simple and safe way to balance a person's emotional, mental and physical state. As a result of this, it is commendable that more and more mainstream doctors are suggesting to their patients that they learn to meditate in conjunction with their traditional medical treatments. Many doctors have reported that meditations have helped their patients heal faster and respond better to various treatments and medications.

Of course, there are also many benefits even for those who are not undergoing any type of medical treatment, and many advocates of various meditation techniques say that a regular practice of meditating can help keep a person healthy and can actually be instrumental in warding off illness and disease. It is believed that one of the reasons for this is the fact that the meditation helps to keep stress and anxiety in check and since these are major contributors or triggers of many health issues, it is natural that those who meditate enjoy better health.

One of the most significant benefits of meditation is this factor of reducing stress from the body. When people mediate on a regular basis, they will achieve deeper levels of relaxation and inner contemplation. This helps to eliminate many worries and pressures that accumulate in a day and can help them to enjoy a more peaceful and calm existence.


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