The Benefits of Meditation

Here is the definitive long list of benefits that meditation can provide you with:

Physiological benefits:
1- It lowers oxygen consumption
2- It decreases respiratory rate
3- It increases blood flow and slows the heart rate
4- Increases exercise tolerance
5- Leads to a deeper level of physical relaxation
6- Good for people with high blood pressure
7- Reduces anxiety attacks by lowering the levels of blood lactate
8- Decreases muscle tension
9- Helps in chronic diseases like allergies, arthritis etc.
10- Reduces pre-menstrual syndrome symptoms
11- Helps in post-operative healing
12- Enhances the immune system
13- Reduces activity of viruses and emotional distress
14- Enhances energy, strength and vigour
15- Helps with weight loss
16- Reduction of free radicals, less tissue damage
17- Higher skin resistance

18- Drop in cholesterol levels, lowers risk of cardiovascular disease
19- Improved flow of air to the lungs resulting in easier breathing
20- Decreases the aging process
21- Higher levels of DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone)
22- Prevented, slowed or controlled pain of chronic diseases
23- Makes you sweat less
24- Cures headaches & migraines
25- Greater orderliness of brain functioning
26- Reduced need for medical care
27- Less energy wasted
28- More inclined to play sports and activities
29- Significant relief from asthma
30- Improved performance in athletic events
31- Normalises to your ideal weight
32- Harmonises our endocrine system
33- Relaxes our nervous system
34- Produces lasting beneficial changes in brain electrical activity
35- Cures infertility (the stresses of infertility can interfere with the release of hormones that regulate ovulation)

Psychological benefits:
36- Builds self-confidence
37- Increases serotonin level, influences mood and behaviour
38- Resolves phobias & fears
39- Helps control own thoughts
40- Helps with focus & concentration
41- Increase creativity
42- Increased brain wave coherence
43- Improved learning ability and memory
44- Increased feelings of vitality and rejuvenation
45- Increased emotional stability
46- Improved relationships
47- Mind ages at slower rate
48- Easier to remove bad habits
49- Develops intuition
50- Increases productivity
51- Improved relations at home & at work
52- Able to see the larger picture in a given situation
53- Helps ignore petty issues
54- Increased ability to solve complex problems
55- Purifies your character
56- Develops will power
57- Greater communication between the two brain hemispheres
58- React more quickly and more effectively to a stressful event
59- Increases one’s perceptual ability and motor performance
60- Higher intelligence growth rate
61- Increased job satisfaction
62- Increase in the capacity for intimate contact with loved ones
63- Decrease in potential mental illness
64- Better, more sociable behaviour
65- Less aggressiveness
66- Helps in quitting smoking and alcohol addiction
67- Reduces need and dependency on drugs, pills & pharmaceuticals
68- The need for less sleep to recover from sleep deprivation
69- Require less time to fall asleep, helps cure insomnia
70- Increases sense of responsibility
71- Reduces road rage
72- Decrease in restless thinking
73- Decreased tendency to worry
74- Increases listening skills and empathy
75- Helps make more accurate judgements
76- Greater tolerance
77- Gives composure to act in considered & constructive ways
78- Grows a stable, more balanced personality
79- Develops emotional maturity

Spiritual benefits:
80- Helps keep things in perspective
81- Provides peace of mind, happiness
82- Helps you discover your purpose
83- Increased self-actualisation
84- Increased compassion
85- Growing wisdom
86- Deeper understanding of yourself and others
87- Brings body, mind, spirit in harmony
88- Deeper level of spiritual relaxation
89- Increased acceptance of oneself
90- Helps you to learn forgiveness
91- Changes attitude toward life
92- Creates a deeper relationship with your higher self
93- Helps you to attain enlightenment
94- Greater inner-directedness
95- Helps living in the present moment
96- Creates a widening, deepening capacity for love
97- Discovery of the power and consciousness beyond the ego
98- Experience an inner sense of “Assurance or Knowingness”
99- Experience a sense of “Oneness”
100- Increases the synchronicity in your life

Meditation requires no special equipment, and is not complicated to learn. It can be practised anywhere, at any given moment, and it is not time consuming (15-20 min. twice per day is good). Best of all, meditation has no negative side effects. Bottom line, there is nothing but positive results to be gained from it!

With such a huge list of benefits, the question you should ask yourself is, “why am I not meditating yet?”

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