The Benefits of Daily Meditation
It was once seen as something only for gurus, monks and yogis, but today, meditation is practiced by millions of people around the world. Celebrities, athletes and CEOs swear by its benefits – but what’s so great about daily meditation? A lot, it turns out.
Meditation helps you reset
We need regular rest in order for our bodies and brains to function optimally. When you meditate, you enter a deep state of relaxation and calm – your heart rate drops, your breathing slows, and your brain releases chemicals that help you relax. So even though you’re still awake, your body and mind are getting all the benefits of a good rest.
Meditation is good for your health
Though scientists have only recently begun to study the many health benefits of meditation, the results are clear: meditation is good for you. It’s been shown to help with depression and anxiety, chronic pain, insomnia, addiction, and other health problems. It can lower your blood pressure, and a daily meditation practice can even boost your immunity.
Meditation keeps your brain young
In the last couple decades, neuroscientists have made an exciting discovery: meditation literally changes your brain. One study found that long-term meditators had more grey matter in their brains – in fact, parts of their brains looked to be half their age! We lose grey matter as we age, so it appears that meditation may actually slow the aging of our brains.
Meditation helps you manage stress
Stress is a normal part of life, but chronic stress – stress that lasts for an extended period of time – is bad for your health and has been linked to diabetes, heart disease, obesity, depression and other health problems. Several studies have shown that meditation reduces stress, and the more you meditate, the better you’re protected against the harmful effects of stress. One study found that long-term meditators are more resistant to stress, and when they do experience stress, they bounce back more easily.
Meditation helps you focus
Many studies have shown that even just a few days of meditation can improve your focus and attention. One study of participants who attended a three-month meditation retreat found improvements in their focus and attention after the retreat, and when the researchers followed up with the participants seven years later, they found that they all still continued to meditate, and they all had sustained the mental benefits from their retreat – and the more they meditated, the stronger the effects were.
Meditation gets easier with practice
Anyone can meditate, but if you’ve never tried to meditate before, you might be surprised at how challenging it can be to quiet your mind at first. But don’t let that discourage you! When you meditate every day, it becomes part of your routine, and eventually you’ll find it gets easier – and you’ll be reaping more and more of the many benefits of meditation.
At SHYFT at Mile High, we believe everyone should have access to the healing powers of mindfulness practices. Join us for a class and see for yourself how meditation and mindfulness can benefit your life.