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Meditation: Definition and Health Benefits

What is Meditation?

Meditation can be defined as the conscious act of giving paramount attention to one thing or a couple of things either as a religious act or as a way or relaxing. Before now, meditation has actually been used to understand the mystical forces of life but now, it is merely used for relaxing. There is really not much talk as to the meaning of meditation as virtually everyone knows how it is done. Most times in Asian movies, we see a man sitting down, crossed legs, hands on his thighs, closing his eyes and all that stuff. Today, I’ll sorta be giving you a little bit insight as to how these things work and their benefits.

Firstly, there has been no scientific explanation to how it works. Science only tells us its benefits and what it does. Now, a study of people who were trained to meditate within eight weeks showed saw increased electrical activity in regions of the left frontal lobe, an area that tends to be more active in optimistic people. Nevertheless, science has still been unable to connect the dots between meditation and the effects it has on people.

Without much ado, lets go to the health benefits of meditation. A study proved that meditation improves people’s physical and emotional responses to stress majorly lowing blood pressure and also improving the immune system against diseases though the mechanism through which this works isn’t clear.  One very good thing about meditation is that after ending a session, the effects can carry you all through the day.

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Benefits of Meditation.

The benefits are quite much but I’ll endeavour to post as many as I can. Meditation does the following:

  • It lowers blood pressure.
  • It improves the immune system.
  • Helps with anxiety problems.
  • Helps with sleep problems.
  • Meditation activates the ‘rest and digest’ part of the nervous system which helps with stress related problems.
  • Meditation helps promote ‘Divergent Thinking’- A type of thinking that allows the development of many new ideas.
  • It helps filter out other mental processes during creative mental tasks.
  • Helps to increase self awareness.
  • It helps improve emotional stability.
  • It produces a sharp and clear mind with expanded consciousness.
  • Produces minds that stay focused on a single task for longer periods and make less switches.

 

Meditation has a lot of other benefits but these are the few I can lay my hands on. It isn’t a common practice amongst Nigerians, Africans majorly. Many think its fetish but believe me, its not. You can even incorporate religion into it. Prayer, for example can be used as a form of meditation. Apart from communicating with our creator, it helps  us relax (depending on the kind of prayer now), gives us a focused mind, creates a sense of awareness of our mind and ‘zeros’ our mind to the creator whom we are praying to.

In my next article on meditation, I’ll let y’all know different kinds on meditation there are, and also steps to a simple short meditation exercise. Till then, stay healthy, eat well, exercise regularly and rest well. Ciao

Your comments will be highly appreciated.

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