Scientific researchers are recognizing how meditation helps promote good mental health. There are also physical benefits to be derived from these ancient practices including better spinal alignment, increase in lung capacity, and a stronger immune system. Here are two significant ways meditation makes a positive impact on your mental well being:
Relief From Depression (Anxiety & Stress)
Depression is a medical condition that can be serious. If you suspect someone you love is depressed, a visit to a health care provider is critical. Some mental health experts are blending ancient meditation practices with modern methods of treatment. The American Journal of Psychiatry reported on a study of patients diagnosed with clinical anxiety disorders. Researchers found that nearly all participants experienced a significant decrease in their symptoms.
The meditation method used in this study was designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, at the University of Massachusetts. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a program which blends yoga with meditation. The goal is to teach participants how to do the inner (mind) and outer (body) work needed to live a healthier life. MBSR classes and workshops are growing in availability as research shows its value in mental health care.
Lack of motivation is not necessarily a mental health condition. If however, it affects our ability to pursue goals, it may be a symptom of low self-esteem. Left unresolved, these symptoms could limit personal growth and possibly promote mental health conditions.
Dr. Wayne Dyer writes about our ability to make our brain healthier through meditation and relaxation. He states ” A mind at peace, a mind centered and not focused on harming others, is stronger than any physical force in the universe.” The very essence of meditation is to bring the mind to a place of balance.
Self-doubt is a human emotion that most of us experience from time to time. Using meditation is an excellent method for balancing human emotions, allowing us to create space for positive thought, actions and experiences in our lives.
If you are unable to find a local class in your area, many options are available online for learning how to meditate. There are many ways to practice meditation. Find the method that best suits your needs and enjoy the process of teaching yourself how to meditate.
You will begin to feel the benefits of meditation rather quickly. Meditation is a wonderful gift you can give yourself every day.