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Reasons to Start Meditating

#1 You Can 'Zen' Out
“Zen” is often a word used in association with meditation, but it is also a major benefit of the practice. Regular meditation will allow you to become more focused, or “zen”, and as a result your brain will have better control over processing pain and emotions. This isn't just speculation, this is according to a study in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. Meditation is proven to be good for your emotional wellbeing; after all, who actually likes pain?

#2 Start With Stress
The most well-known benefit of meditation is that it decreases stress levels, and recent research published in the journal of Health Psychology shows that meditating also decreases the stress hormone cortisol. So even science can prove what some people believed to be “mumbo jumbo”! When you think about it, it makes sense that meditation relieves stress, as it's basically an exercise in relaxation. Remember, stress can lead to a lot of serious health problems like strokes, coronary disease, and high blood pressure, with that in mind meditation is great for your overall health.

#3 Meditate For Study Success
Researchers from the University of California, Santa Barbara found that college students who were trained in basic meditation performed better on the verbal reasoning section of the GRE, and also experienced improvements in their working memory.If you‟re currently studying at high school or college, then you‟ll definitely be interested in this fact!

Pretty impressive! . as well as increased protective tissue (myelin) around the axons in the anterior cingulate brain region. something called axonal density.#4 Protects Against Mental Illnesses Did you know that meditation can also protect our brains from mental illness? It's true! A meditation technique known as integrative body-mind training has been linked with increased signaling connections in the brain.

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we are able to appreciate and experience music more. but true. Filter out all that noise and the music will be hitting a blank canvas. fact! Meditation can also make music sound better.#5 Makes Music Better? Here‟s a weird. . and as a result. If the Psychology of Music journal published it. it must be true! It makes total sense though. when you meditate you are filtering out all the noise that is normally running through your head. This is because meditation improves our focus.

#6 Helps Cancer Sufferers Meditation can also provide benefits to those undergoing cancer treatment. . when teamed with art therapy. Research from the Jefferson-Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine shows that basic meditation. We think this news is very promising! A natural treatment like meditation is loads better than having to take a drug which can cause side effects. can decrease the stress symptoms of some cancer sufferers.

practice. So practice. This is according to a study in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. . you may find yourself feeling the benefits of the meditation exercise throughout the day. practice! Even if you don't feel results during or right after meditation.#7 Permanent Rewards! Another fantastic benefit of meditation is the fact that you can still reap the rewards – even when you‟re not actively meditating! Meditation allows for more permanent benefits in the way your brain processes emotions.

meditation makes us more compassionate and virtuous. we are likely to treat others better! This is what a study in the journal Psychological Science found. it can also benefit those you come into contact with on a daily basis. but improve the way you treat those around you? It makes sense that an exercise that helps you see yourself objectively will help you observe how you treat others. For example. and therefore. . Why not take 15 minutes out of your day to not only help yourself.#8 Helps Others Too Meditation doesn‟t just benefit you.

Loneliness in seniors can be quite dangerous. A recent study found that meditation can even boost their health by reducing the expression of genes linked with inflammation. especially as it raises the risk of a number of health concerns.#9 Fights Loneliness In Seniors Even the elderly should be practicing meditation regularly. . as it decreases the common feeling of loneliness experienced as one gets older.

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Health found that people who meditate regularly miss fewer days of work from acute respiratory infections. the dreaded cold season! The good news is that meditation can lessen the nasty effects of colds and flu.#10 Fights Flu Too! Ah. Winning! . and they also experience a shortened duration of symptoms.

however meditation could provide the answers to all of these problems! . depression. and anxiety. and this is because it lowers depression among teens. according to a study from the University of Leuven. Meditation will allow teenagers to experience less stress. and fear. Teenage years can be a difficult period of mixed emotions. confusion.#11 Lessens Teen Depression It has been proven that teenagers can also benefit from practicing meditation.

#12 Meditate For Better Sleep Do you struggle to fall asleep at night? Or perhaps you wake constantly throughout the early hours of the morning? Well the good news is that meditation can fix all of those annoying sleep problems! Higher mindfulness from meditation is associated with lower activation at bedtime. . which could have benefits for sleep quality and future ability to manage stress.

. attention and memory. Cortical thickness is also associated with decision making. But what are cortical walls? This means their brains were aging at a slower rate.#13 Boosts Memory A 2005 study on American men and women who meditated for 40 minutes a day showed that they had thicker cortical walls than non-meditators.

which opens up your blood vessels.#14 Lowers Blood Pressure In 2008 60 patients who were suffering from high blood pressure were asked to try a meditation program for three months. . An amazing 40 of the 60 patients showed significant drops in their blood pressure levels simply from meditating – no medication was used whatsoever! This is because relaxation creates nitric oxide.

which can give us the ability to live longer! . Telomerase is the enzyme that helps build telomeres. and greater telomerase activity can possibly translate into stronger and longer telomeres.#15 Secret To Living Longer? Meditation can also help to stop the aging process! Research done by the University of California. Davis' Shamatha Project has shown that meditators have significantly higher telomerase activity than non-meditators.

. Morphine and other pain-relieving drugs typically show a pain reduction of only 25 percent.#16 Better Than Morphine! We found this research particularly surprising! Did you know that meditation is more effective at reducing pain than morphine is? Wake Forest Baptist University found that meditation could reduce pain intensity by 40 percent and pain unpleasantness by 57 percent.

#17 Migraines Be Gone! More and more people are suffering from migraines and headaches each year. Researchers at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine are testing whether an ancient Indian meditation technique can reduce both migraine frequency and severity. . but the good news is that meditation can stop all of that! One small study of people with migraines found that spiritual meditation reduced headache frequency and improved pain tolerance more than muscle relaxation.

#18 Time To Slow Down In this modern age. . and many struggle to simply enjoy the present moment. find some peace and quiet. it seems as though life is going a little too fast. and just focus on the „now‟! Mindfulness meditation is particularly good for this. as it forces you to slow down. Meditation can help you do this. as it encourages people to quietly take in their surroundings in the present moment.

it can be opening to see what your mind looks like from the inside. and instead. you can really effect change in your life when you take a moment to think about it. our true flaws. If you've never meditated before.#19 Rose-Tinted Glasses Meditation allows us to become more objective. or diminish. and as a result. we begin to understand and work out how to build upon. we are able to analyze ourselves truthfully. Off come the rose-tinted glasses that make us see ourselves as perfect. . Many people go through their whole lives without challenging the way they think or viewing themselves objectively.

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#20 Overcome Addiction Some people suffer from an addiction to drugs. pain and illness along with emotional and mental suffering from undergoing rehabilitation can last weeks or months. Guided meditation and positive affirmations are an important part of giving up drugs as it aims to improve confidence and reprogram thought patterns. pills and pain killers.The physical discomfort. . but the truth is that meditating has shown proven benefits and results when it comes to breaking the habit.

. and as a result.#21 Meditate To Drive Better! You heard us correctly – meditation can improve one‟s driving ability! This is because the practice of meditation makes you a calmer person. you are able to handle aggravations on the road easier. You also learn vital skills in focusing on the task at hand and avoiding distractions.

#22 Can Help Infertility Is there anything that meditation can‟t do? The practice has also been used for many years now in order to assist women who are finding it difficult to fall pregnant. It has shown promising results. . as it is believed that the stresses of infertility can interfere with the release of hormones that regulate ovulation.

#23 Relief From Asthma It has been suggested that a type of meditation based on yoga principals can help lessen the severity of the symptoms of an asthma attack and have been found to even decrease the frequency of these attacks in people who practiced meditation continuously on a regular basis! Asthma attacks in many people are brought on by stress and tension and the severity of the attack is often increased by fear and panic of the attack itself. . Meditation helps ease this stress and tension.

When we get very stressed out we tend to tense our whole bodies. which causes us to sweat. our bodily functions go into overdrive and our body temperature rises. exerting much more energy than we need to.#24 Meditation = Sweat Less Perhaps the main reason that meditation makes you sweat less is due to the fact that it relaxes your body and cools it down. When we are tense and over-active. .

#25 Increased Job Satisfaction Some quiet reflection each day can help you to realize that hey. how can meditation help you to like your job more? But the answer is really quite simple! Meditating increases our ability to handle everyday stress. maybe your job isn't as bad as you thought! You might think. and it also helps us to focus on the little things in life that we often overlook. .

#26 Assists In Quitting Smoking Yep – meditation can even help you to quit smoking! Often people who are addicted to smoking feel the need to pop a cigarette in their mouth as soon as they begin to feel stressed. So through meditation. but it also helps you to focus and carry out your goals more easily. . Amazing! It‟s a question that we often ponder from time to time – what is my purpose in life. Meditation not only allows you to handle this stress naturally. and how do I find it? Well the answer is simple. Meditation can certainly get you into the right frame of mind to be able to quit smoking for good! #27 Discover Your Purpose Meditation allows for quiet contemplation and the ability to deepen your awareness of yourself and your most subtle thoughts. you are more than likely to „tap into‟ that special something that you feel is your true purpose in life.

It is often believed that peace cannot be achieved without forgiveness. both of ourselves and others.#28 Forgive And Let Go There are multiple guided meditations for forgiveness available. That is. and therefore meditation‟s benefits can extend to the entire world. and learning how to forgive and let go has become a desired quality for many people. if we choose to let it. of course! .