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12 Science-Based Benefits of Meditation

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12 Science-Based Benefits of Meditation
The popularity of meditation is increasing as more people discover its benefits. Meditation is a habitual process of training your mind to focus and redirect your thoughts. You can use it to increase awareness of yourself and your surroundings. Many people think of it as a way to reduce stress and develop concentration.

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Reducing Stress

Many styles of meditation can help reduce stress.

  • In an eight-week study, a meditation style called "mindfulness meditation" reduced the inflammation response caused by stress.
  • Researchers have found that meditation may also improve symptoms of stress-related conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder and fibromyalgia.

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Controlling Anxiety

Controlling Anxiety

Less stress leads to less anxiety.

Regular meditation helps reduce anxiety and anxiety-related mental health issues like social anxiety, phobias and obsessive-compulsive behaviors.

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Promoting Emotional Health

Some types of meditation can improve depression and help you maintain these benefits.

  • Two studies of mindfulness meditation found decreased depression in over 4,600 adults.
  • One study found that participants experienced a long-term decrease in depression.

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Enhancing Self-Awareness

Self-inquiry and related styles of meditation can help you to understand yourself better.

According to research, some forms of meditation can teach you to recognize thoughts that may be harmful or self-defeating.

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Lengthening Attention Spans

Practicing focused-attention meditation may build your attention span.

  • Meditation may reverse patterns in the brain that contribute to mind-wandering, worrying and poor attention.
  • Studies found that four days of practicing meditation can increase attention span.

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Reduce Age-Related Memory Loss

Improvements in attention and clarity of thinking through meditation may help fight age-related memory loss and dementia.

A review of 12 studies found that meditation increased attention, memory and mental quickness in older participants.

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Increasing positive feelings

Increasing positive feelings

Studies found that Metta, also known as loving-kindness meditation, increases peoples' compassion toward themselves and others.

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Fighting Addictions

The mental discipline developed through meditation may help break dependencies.

Research has shown that meditation may help people learn to redirect their attention and control their emotions and impulses.

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Improves Sleep

According to some studies, meditation can help you relax and control your thoughts. It can reduce the time it takes to fall asleep.

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Controlling Pain

Meditation can reduce your perception of pain. 

Meditating patients showed increased activity in the areas of the brain that control pain. 

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Decreasing Blood Pressure

Meditation can increase heart function. 

Meditation reduces blood pressure during the time you meditate and also over time. Meditation appears to control blood pressure by relaxing the nerve signals that coordinate heart function.

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Two Major Styles Of Meditation

  • Focused-attention meditation: Concentrates attention on a single object, thought, sound or visualization. It emphasizes ridding your mind of attention and distraction. 
  • Open-monitoring meditation: Encourages broadened awareness of all aspects of your environment, train of thought and sense of self.

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Understanding Stress

  • Dealing with Stress is imperative as it is unavoidable in modern life.
  • Our work, family and our finances create daily stress and other external factors (like politics and terrorism) co...

Your Perception About Stress

With stress, the mind and the body are intrinsically linked. You can view stress as something that is wreaking havoc on your body (and it can) or as something that is giving you the strength and energy to overcome adversity.

Exposure to Stress

Regular exposure to stress in small quantities can prepare us to handle a big stressful event in our lives. Prepare yourself for stress by self-education about the stressful event, by doing some physically stressful activities like completing a marathon, or something you dread, like giving a speech.

Repeated exposure to mildly stressful conditions can alter your body’s biological response to stress, making you manage stress in a better way.

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Loving-kindness meditation

Also known as Metta meditation; the goal is to cultivate an attitude of love and kindness toward everything.
During meditation, practitioners send and repeat messages of loving-kind...

Body scan or progressive relaxation

The goal is to notice tension and to allow it to be released.
Practitioners start at one end of their body, usually their feet, and work through the whole. They might tense and then relax muscles or they might visualize a wave moving over their body to release tension.

Mindfulness meditation

It encourages practitioners to notice their surroundings without judgement, instead of dwelling on the past or future.

Mindfulness can be done almost anywhere, even in a grocery store, for example.

Mindfulness Meditation

Practitioners of mindful meditation focus their attention on only one thought. The goal is to be firmly affixed to the present moment. This typically means concentrating on the breath - observ...

Changes to the Brain

Buddhists have meditated for literally thousands of years. Buddhists are trying to hack their own minds, to harness them.

Only in recent times have neuroscientists discovered that meditation changes the brain physically.

Health Benefits

  • Meditation improves attention. Studies show that 20 minutes a day are sufficient to get beneficial results.
  • Meditation reduces stress after eight weeks of training.
  • Meditation has also been shown to increase levels of empathy.