Meditation and mindfulness have grown in popularity in the last few years because of their incredible stress relief powers. There are also, however, a few rather surprising benefits that come out of developing a meditation practice.
Mindfulness in its simplest form is the ability to be fully present in any given moment. It is a state of awareness of your current state of mind and body, but underneath it is so much more than that.
Here are a few benefits of meditation and developing a practice of mindfulness.
Developing a regular meditation practice allows you to hone in on the important things in your life and release those things that no longer serve you. Gaining this kind of perspective is incredibly beneficial to your day-to-day priorities as well as your long-term goals. By taking the time to meditate and clear the noise from your mind, you give yourself the chance to really focus on what matters and what doesn’t.
Have you ever dwelled on something in the past that simply isn’t relevant anymore? Somehow though, it still made its way into your mind’s eye and perhaps even caused you to feel negative emotions. Regular mindfulness practice helps to put those things into perspective. Even if they do come up from time to time, you’ll be better adept at recognizing them as fleeting thoughts. acquiring this perspective will allow you to recognize the things that deserve your attention and the things that won’t benefit you in the end.
Stress is an affliction that affects nearly every human being on this planet. Some are naturally able to deal with it in a way that minimizes its effects. But, many of us struggle with stress management in our daily lives. The reason stress is so detrimental is because it releases hormones into the body that can actually cause physical damage. Some of the physical and psychological responses to stress in the body are depression, anxiety, and even inflammation and high blood pressure.
Mindful meditation has been proven to reduce inflammation caused by stress. It has also been shown to help reduce stress overall in patients with the highest and most toxic stress levels. This kind of mindful meditation heals the body through relaxation, awareness, and breath work. The benefits of lowering stress are enough to start a meditation practice, but the benefits don’t end there.
The main components of meditation are focus and awareness. These also may be the most difficult aspects to master. Meditation requires you to sit with your feelings without distracting yourself from them, whether they are positive or negative.
After practicing this kind of awareness, you become comfortable with these feelings and incredibly, you start to become aware of other things you may not have noticed before. The quality of self-awareness is one that many go without, but it is also one of the most beneficial qualities to possess. Understanding and being aware of exactly who you are and how you are portraying yourself to others creates a sense of comfort and confidence within. That confidence then reflects in how you react to the world around you.
There are endless benefits to developing a mindfulness practice through meditation. We think these are some of the most incredible benefits of meditation. The truth is that meditation is personal and will help you in whatever way you seek. If you’re looking to learn more about meditation or start a practice, join our MBSR courses here at The Marsh.