What are the benefits of meditation and mindfulness?
You’ve probably cottoned on to the fact that advertisers call on ‘science’ to help sell everything from stain remover and toothpaste through to the latest drugs, diets, and gadgets.
Many of those marketing meditation and mindfulness have adopted this same tactic; citing research, using imagery and diagrams of the brain before-and-after meditation, and rattling off the names of various neuroscientists and their discoveries.
Much of what you hear would best be considered to be an advertising spiel rather than anything ‘scientifically proven’, however, there are grains of truth to be found amongst all the hype. Below, I list half a dozen of the more reliable benefits you might expect from meditation.
If you’ve taken a peek below, you might be thinking that even that modest list is quite impressive. So what’s the catch? The catch is, you have to meditate — regularly. And usually, in order for that to happen, you have to want to meditate, and that means the approach you choose has to suit you.
If you practice a form of meditation that doesn’t suit you, you’ll probably just give up. Keep this in mind if you fail to get anything out of your meditation practice. You may need a skilled teacher in order to discover what keeps your practice from blossoming. Often there are tiny little attitudes that are getting in the way. These hidden habits — and any associated beliefs about yourself and about meditation in general — are usually the cause of difficulty or perceived failures around meditation.
Access a sense of calm, peace and balance, whenever you need to.
Relieve headaches, reduce muscular tension and learn to manage chronic pain.
Reduce feelings of depression, anxiety, anger and confusion.