Meditatingman

Be conscious of yourself as consciousness alone, watch all the thoughts come and go. Come to the conclusion, by direct experience, that you are really consciousness itself, not its ephemeral contents.

--Annamalai Swami

These days we live in a frantic world. The speed at which we absorb, filter and process information is overwhelming and accelerating. Bills, junk mail, email, phone calls, text messages, Internet, newspapers, magazines and 24-by-7 newscasts all contribute to information overload. We are constantly bombarded by the science of marketing which works hard to convince us of everything we must have. Finally, add the pressures of family, friends and the workplace and you have a recipe for massive stress levels.

The benefits of meditation are very subtle at first. Indeed, the experience of meditation is very hard to describe and attempts at a description rarely do justice to something that can only be experienced. With regular practice however, you will find that the magic of meditation is revealed to you in a number of ways. You will actually become more sensitive to your physical, emotional and mental states. This sensitivity will allow you to experience things that have always been there but have been occluded from your senses.

I have personally found that the benefits manifest in several ways:

  • Relaxation
  • Stress Relief
  • Improved Concentration
  • Enhanced Creativity

Major universities have been studying the benefits of meditation for years. Without citing references here, I will list some of the benefits that have been studied and shown to be impacted by meditation:

  • Stress Relief
  • Lowered Blood Pressure
  • Chronic Pain Reduction
  • Reduced Insomnia
  • Reduced PMS symptoms
  • Improved Fertility
  • Increased Self-Esteem
  • Increased Productivity
  • Greater Orderliness of Brain Functioning
  • Improved Memory
  • Greater Creative Expression
  • Deeper Level of Relaxation
  • Improved Perception and Memory
  • Development of Intelligence
  • Decrease in Stress Hormones
  • Lower Blood Pressure
  • Reversal of Aging Process
  • Improved Immune System
  • Decreased Cholesterol Levels
  • Increased Self-Actualization
  • Increased Strength of Self-Concept
  • Decreased Cigarette, Alcohol, and Drug Abuse
  • Increased Relaxation and Decreased Stress

Now that's quite a list! I cannot personally attest to all of these benefits but suffice it to say that they have been studied and found to be positively impacted by meditation. What I do know is this. The only benefits that matter are the ones that you experience for yourself. All that is required is for you to make the commitment to try meditation long enough to be able to judge the impact. If you take the 100X challenge (covered on the When page), this will be long enough for you to perceive benefits.