Health Benefits of Meditation

There are many health benefits of meditation. Simply by meditating on a regular basis you can improve your physical and mental health.

It sounds too easy to be true. So what’s the catch? Can anyone gain the health and physical benefits of meditation?

Quite simply, meditating on a regular basis helps you to quiet your mind. You’ll know when you reach this quiet spot as everything takes on a calmness that isn’t necessarily there in your day to day life.

You can use your meditation sessions to concentrate on one particular part of your body. When you concentrate your mind, you will start to feel the health benefits of meditation work their way through into whichever part of your body you are concentrating on. Amazing as it may sound, simply concentrating on one part of your body will increase the flow of blood (and therefore oxygen and other vital nutrients) to that body part. This factor alone helps to explain why there are medical benefits of meditation, although mainstream Western medicine doesn’t always acknowledge these benefits.

By helping to calm your mind you are also strengthening your mind. Like any muscle, your mind needs exercise. Meditation is one way that you can satisfy this need.

Amongst the physical benefits of meditation, it has been found that athletes who meditate on a regular basis will also perform better in their sport.

Some of the health benefits of meditation are:

  • Lower oxygen consumption
  • Decreased breathing rate
  • Increased blood flow
  • Lower heart rate, which can help reduce blood pressure
  • Generally more relaxed
  • Reduced anxiety
  • Decreased muscle tension and headaches