Meditation for a Peaceful Mind

January 22, 2010 by  
Filed under Anxiety, Daily Habits

There are so many reasons why you should try meditation! You’ll find that you have less anxiety, less depression, better health, and better relationships. How many practices can claim that? Would you rather take a pill for anxiety or learn to calm your mind and body in a more natural way?  There may be many unwanted side effects from medication (such as feeling “hung over” for hours, not being able to function with normal activities, and developing a dependency on the medication.) Meditation gives you calm and peaceful feelings without the side effects.  And having a peaceful mind is a form of stress protection that can help you to clear your mind of worries.

Greater Resilience

This is not to say that you won’t worry about things ever, but you’ll find that worry decreases in both intensity and duration. In addition, you will develop a more effective way of dealing with the stressful situations in your daily life; you’ll become more resilient. You will be able to understand situations in a different light and be able to see the situations for what they really are. When your mind is not at peace, it is hard to be happy even under the most pleasant circumstances. In some forms of meditation, you can analyze the thought processes that pass through your mind. When you concentrate deeply on the thoughts and situations of your life, you can reach the point at which you find your own answers to your problems.

Psychological Benefits

Today many types of meditation are recommended by health care professionals as a way of cleansing the mind and emotions of negative thoughts. By meditating, you can benefit from improved concentration and memory. It also helps to help you develop a greater understanding of stressful situations in your daily life so that you can have a greater understanding of the real cause of the problem. Anxiety is reduced dramatically. This helps you approach your problems with less stress because you do not impulsively react with fear, panic, depression, or anger. This, in turn, helps you get along with others much better.

Physical Benefits

Your body also benefits from meditation. When your mind is clear, you are better able to bring healing to the parts of your body that are ill. Meditating helps to improve the overall functioning of your immune system so that your body can fight off disease.  As your body becomes more relaxed, your blood pressure lowers and your heart can pump the blood to the organs of the body.

Morning Meditation

The aim of meditation is to give you a sense of inner peace that you will use throughout your day in all your dealings. This is why it is recommended that you meditate in the morning as soon as you wake. The positive feelings that you bring into your mind and body will then help you cope with your day. I highly recommend meditation for all of the above reasons.

Try it!

Start with a few minutes of silence each morning. It doesn’t have to be long. In order to start a new habit, researchers tell us that you’re better off doing your new habit a minute or two a day consistently for three weeks than an hour every once in a while. Once the habit is established, you’ll want to keep this new habit because your physical and emotional health improve so much. Like anything else worth learning, you’ll improve with practice. Let me know how it goes for you!

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  1. Rachel Oneal on Thu, 14th Feb 2013 2:29 am 

    Practicing Mindfulness means remaining aware of what’s going on in us and around us right now, without judging it (more definitions here ). Mindfulness meditation has many benefits but this article will mainly show how helpful it is in situations of emergency: in a state of panic or in the middle of an argument for instance. The following is a combination of techniques from Buddhist teachers, some are also valid in behavioral therapy.

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