Meditation: Is it worth it?
I had been doing yoga for some time when I was told by my therapist that it would help my overall health more if I partnered the practice with meditation. She shared with me some of the benefits that she thought I would see with that addition. I listed a few that she mentioned below that have really helped me:
Reduced Stress: There have been several studies done that show that meditation helps reduce stress. It also seems to work the most for those of us that carry the most stress.
Enhances Self-Awareness: Spending time with yourself can actually help you develop a stronger understanding of yourself. It helps you to understand how you react to things and people around which can help you to make positive changes to your life.
Lengthens Attention Span: Along with the anxiety I sometimes have issues with a shorter attention span. I’d like to blame that on the environment we live in these days but in all reality we can do more to help us strengthen our attention spans. We often times do not need to focus for long periods as technology has made our lives faster. That does not mean that patience (and focus) are no longer virtues.
Along with these very general benefits that could work for everyone, meditation has also been linked to fixing more specific issues that people face. These benefits include decreasing blood pressure, helping to control pain, improving sleep and can even be a resource for people struggling with addiction. Have you seen any other benefits as they practice meditation?