There are many benefits to meditation. Here are a few of our favorites!
Meditation teaches us to calm the mind, develop concentration, and increase awareness. With greater awareness of our thought patterns and emotional habits, we learn how to relate to ourselves and our circumstances in a more objective, compassionate, and skillful way. This helps us engage in life more completely. It teaches us to understand and work with our emotions and break our habit of reactivity.
Another common outcome is a sharper mind. Meditation can help increase our ability to focus and concentrate. It can help us recondition our minds to break bad habits and avoid distractions.
In terms of physical benefits, with a regular practice, we often see a decrease in grey matter in the amygdala, which plays a big role in anxiety and stress. This can lower blood pressure and enhances immunity and healing.
Meditation also can help people cope with ADD/ADHD, PTSD, chronic pain, and other conditions. It can even help alleviate sleep difficulties and insomnia.
For more on this topic, check out more benefits of meditations in these articles on our Calm Blog: 7 Benefits of Mindfulness and 6 Health Benefits of Meditation. Our blog is a great place to find support as you evolve your meditation practice.