It's human nature to invest in something that will provide good returns. Every day examples are investing money, time or even going to places of worship. Our action seeks the results, always. An action without any solid returns will not motivate us. When I mention meditation in any of my talks, people ask me what the benefits are of a daily meditation practice. There's always an upbeat energy among the audience after I point out just a few of the amazing benefits (or returns if you wish) that meditation brings. So in the interest of raising the same energy among the readers of DoYouYoga, I am going to mention a few benefits of meditation and hopefully get you started on a daily meditation routine.
1) Good Health
It is a proven fact that people who meditate regularly visit doctors much less than those who don't practice meditation. An ancient technique called Yoga Nidra has been proven very helpful in health related issues.
2) Reduction of Sleep Hours
This is one of the very little know benefits of meditation. It's always the quality of sleep that matters, and not the quantity. With regular meditation, your sleep hours would be reduced, yet you will be energized and active like never before. Advanced meditators can sleep for just three hours and still feel a sense of deep relaxation and energized alertness.
3) Reduction of Stress Levels
Meditation not only calms you down but also shifts your awareness to a higher level. As a result, you don't react to situations out of emotions, thus moving you into a better state of mind. An enhanced awareness attracts peaceful situations.
4) Less Negative Thoughts
The benefits of meditation are incredibly diverse. One example is that with meditation, you will develop very sharp senses. Negative thoughts are like cancer cells. They keep on growing and eventually kill the system. A daily meditation helps you to clearly be watchful of your thoughts and choose only the positive thoughts.
5) More Strength and Intuition
Meditation on the Agya Chakra (third eye) helps to develop intuition and strengthen willpower. What used to take five hours before may only take you two hours. Your decisions will be very fast and highly accurate. Right thought at the right time is one of the effortless results of daily meditation.
6) Healthy Relationships
You will be able to develop a deeper sense of understanding with your partner and other relationships will be strengthened. I highly recommend that family members meditate together at least once a week. This brings in an aura of harmony and unconditional love.
7) Magnetic Personality
Meditation makes you more attractive. This might sound like a daring statement, but people will feel that you are more confident, stronger and health. This makes you attractive to others. This power of attraction is great for people who work television, media and other jobs that involve being in touch with many people.
8) Less Frustration
Situations that used to upset or frustrate you will no longer make you feel so. You will realize the stupidity of indulging in such minor matters. As Buddha said, "People still curse me. But I have stopped accepting it." You are no more at mercy of circumstances when you become self-realized through meditation.
9) Prevention of Senility
After the age of 40, our brain cells die off at a rate of 100,000 per day. Regular meditation helps to reduce this rate, slowing the deterioration of body and mind associated with old age.
10) Change in Outlook
Your perception of the world changes in this journey of meditation. You will no longer look at the world as a place of frustration and worries. Rather, the world becomes a land of opportunities unfolding every single day.
So Many More Benefits of Meditation...
As you can see, the benefits of meditation are plenty. These benefits are just the tip of the iceberg. Regular meditation will give you amazing success in every aspect of your life. A time will come when you will realize that meditation is even more important than everything else you have been doing because with meditation, you will do all of your work with even greater ease. All the best!
I want to share this video with all of you to further explain why we all should meditate on a daily basis.
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