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Isabella Palamara
Mrs. DeBock
English IV Honors
October 20th, 2015
The Benefits of Meditation
Meditation is a method that has been practiced for over four thousand years. This practice
is routinely done to help a wide variety of things that benefit one in a positive way. Multiple
scientific studies have been done to prove this. It is a challenging yet extremely relaxing
technique that can greatly change one’s experience of life. It shows alterations in one’s emotions,
awareness, and values, but the different types of experiences one person can feel from meditating
is enormous. “The benefits cut across a range of areas—mind, body, behavior and environment”
(Rondon 1). Meditation helps promote the calmness and well-being of a person. If one
periodically meditates it can positively benefit a person physically, psychologically, and
therapeutically.
A tremendous amount of people show that they have had physical benefits from
meditating. The cardiovascular system is affected, because during meditation heart rate drops
and if meditation is continually practiced, blood pressure drops as well. Walsh states that
meditation can be a useful remedy for high blood pressure, but will deplete if one discontinues
the practice of meditating (4). Certain meditators can increased blood flow to the body, which
raises the temperature of their toes and fingers. Walsh also says that Tibetan Tumo masters who
are skilled at increasing blood flow demonstrate this by meditating half naked in the snow during

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the Tibetan winter (4). Dealing with ones emotions and being able to control them is a reason
why meditating can show improvements in one’s physical health. Bond shows that studies have
shown that meditation has been effective in treating substance abuse, psoriasis, recurrent
depression and chronic pain (2). More studies have also shown that people’s pain tolerance has
gone up after meditating, and it is not that meditating has taken away all feeling of pain, it just
teaches one to control their response to the pain they feel. A study has also been shown that
adults who have migraines and meditate for 45 minutes daily had 1.4 less and severe migraines.
Even if meditation cannot help one’s health, it can definitely help a person to cope with their
current health status. Meditating shows many advantages in physical health but shows a ton
more when it comes to psychological health.
One’s psychological health is important, and tons of problems can be encountered in their
daily life when it comes to this. Meditating is beneficial for soothing these things, and is also
beneficial for someone who just wants to better their psychological state of mind. “Meditation
can make a person feel happier, peaceful, creative, and mentally alert, as well as spiritually
aware” (Rondon 1). One of the psychological aids is that it can improve one’s attention in 2
important ways. First, it can make one more aware of their surroundings and second, it can
improve one’s ability to ignore distractions while focusing on something else. Meditation
reduces stress, and anxiety. It has been proven to help people with anxiety disorders and panic
attacks. A man named Phillippe Goldin, who is a neuroscientist and assistant professor at the
University of California, used brain scans to prove this factor. McGonigal finds that mindfulness
meditation can help one become free from this anxiety by altering the way the brain acts to
negative thoughts without the negative thoughts overpowering them (3). Compassion is
improved throughout the practice as well. A certain practice of meditation can make one have

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more knowledge when it comes to having a desire to help someone else with their problems and
needs. With this, one tries and feels what the other person is feeling. Meditating will cause
someone to become overcome with love and compassion for others. According to Ricard,
“meditation explores the nature of the mind, providing a way to study consciousness and
subjective mental states from the first-person perspective of the meditator” (6). Meditation will
put one on the path to well-being, and this is proven by about fifteen years of research.
Psychological health benefits from meditation help one react better to problems in their daily life
by just using their mind. This comes to tie in with the benefits one can get therapeutically from
meditating.
According to Walsh, the therapeutic benefits of meditating tie in with the physical and
psychological benefits (5). Looking at the physical aspect of the benefits, one can have lower
blood pressure and heart rate, increased blood flow in the body, chronic pain, pain tolerance, and
can even help with migraines. Looking at the psychological benefits, meditating can be
therapeutic by helping with many psychological disorders, helps one deal with their emotions,
and it can even help with anxiety disorders and panic attacks. The sensations a person can get
from meditating are healing and soothing, which is why meditation is a relaxing thing. Walsh
also states that tons of the effects from meditation are beneficial, and research states that
psychologically and psychosomatically the benefits are therapeutic (5). Most of the conditions
meditation helps therapeutically are stress related. Even though an antibiotic can cure some of
these things, meditation may be crucial to help one come to acceptance about the things or
problems they have in their life at the time. Therapeutic meditation helps bring peace and
balance to someone trying to heal themselves.

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Meditation is a practice that is practiced habitually around the world. It helps control
one’s emotions to make them feel more balanced, and happy. It also helps promote one’s wellbeing. Meditation may be challenging for some people, but it has a wide-range of benefits that
will help one tremendously in their daily life. It makes a person feel calmer and helps one
understand their emotions. If practiced routinely meditation can be just as beneficial as medicine.
It is the practice of training the mind, and observe your wandering thoughts. Meditation
positively benefits a person physically, psychologically, and therapeutically in tons of ways.

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Work’s Cited
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"Meditate On This: A Mindfulness Practice Promotes Better Health: Research Shows Meditation
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Ricard, Matthieu, Antoine Lutz, and Richard J. Davidson. "Mind Of The Meditator." Scientific
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Rondon, Nayda. "Meditate: relaxing your body and mind for just a few minutes each day can
make a huge difference in your life." Current Health 2, a Weekly Reader publication
Apr.-May 2006: 20+. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 17 Sept. 2015.
Walsh, Roger. "Meditation Promotes Well-Being." Health. Ed. Auriana Ojeda. San Diego:
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