Why meditate: the benefits of spiritual practice?
Written by: Loris Vitry (coach and Yoga teacher)
Validated by: Cathy Maillot (Osteopath)
Caution: If you have any medical questions or concerns, please speak to your doctor. Even if the articles on this site are based on scientific studies, they do not replace professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
Generally seen as a spiritual practice, meditation is an exercise aimed at self-fulfillment.
It allows awakening and self-awareness.
It is a very widespread practice in the world thanks to its many advantages.
It is also the subject of medical prescription, especially for people suffering from depression, stress or anxiety.
In this article, we will explain to you quite simply the benefits of meditation for man in all its dimensions.
Meditating is keeping your body healthy
Meditation is an effective weapon in the fight against all kinds of illness.
According to research and expert observations, when you make meditation your favorite activity, it is more or less rare to be attacked by diseases.
Even when they occur, we always manage to take precedence over them.
Indeed, meditation has proven itself as an effective weapon against severe illnesses, as it relaxes the human body and dictates a positive attitude leading to rapid recovery.
This is why many cancer patients regularly engage in this spiritual practice.
Also, if you meditate frequently, you will be free from digestion problems.
This is because meditation exercises include deep breathing.
By practicing the latter, you will be able to collect enough oxygen in the blood, which will greatly facilitate the digestion process in your body.
Also, if you are the overeating type, meditation will put you in a state of mind where you have little desire to eat.
This could serve as a cure for people who have digestive problems caused by overeating.
It should also be noted that meditation is a very effective solution against aging.
It helps to fight against stress, fatigue and lack of sleep.
These are essentially the causes of physical and cerebral aging, in particular causing Alzheimer’s disease in the elderly.
In addition, regular meditation helps maintain healthy blood pressure, glucose levels and normal heart rate.
These parameters represent benefits that can truly help in terms of health.
This is the reason why many doctors nowadays include meditation sessions in their treatment program.
Meditating is keeping your mind on top
If you get into the habit of meditating, you will be able to channel positive energy through your exercises.
This energy will be your main source of mental strength.
Thus, meditating each morning before going to your daily activities will allow you to embrace it with vigor and be mentally prepared to face any kind of event with serenity.
Likewise, when you come home exhausted from the day’s ups and downs, it is important to practice a short restorative concentration that will relax you so that you can sleep well.
All of this is based on the mind.
It is therefore for you, to manage or repair your state of mind.
If you are a self-confident person, meditative practice could be of great help to you.
It will help you do mental work on yourself and instill self-confidence in your brain.
Try to focus on yourself and take a deep breath imagining that you are the person you want to be.
It is not, of course, to apply it just once to have great results.
Make it a routine and you won’t be disappointed because this technique has already proven its worth.
Another advantage of this technique on your mind is the development of your intellectual faculties.
This concerns you whether you are a pupil, student, scientist or if you often carry out intellectual work.
Instead of always relying on coffee, you can instead indulge in the practice of meditation.
Meditating is knowing how to manage your emotions
By practicing meditation, you will be able to enjoy good emotional health.
In fact, meditation helps reduce your anxiety and stress.
For example, if you are disappointed in certain situations, or if you have low morale due to loneliness, meditation will help relieve your depression.
If you are feeling sad, try to meditate deeply.
Do it exclusively in total silence.
It is not advisable to do meditation in a place where there is noise, as you have to stay focused for it to work.
At the end of the day, take a deep breath of clean air and breathe out slowly.
It will relax your nerves and give you peace of mind.
You will feel relieved of the burden of the day and any negative emotions that you may have accumulated.
In fact, these emotions turn into negative energy and affect your morale and health.
One of the signs would be stress.
When you are successful in dealing with your emotions, you will not only be able to live in peace, avoiding bad feelings like anxiety and fear but also feelings like anger.
Knowing how to manage the latter allows you to calm your tensions and improve your relationship with other members of your family.
Logically, your household will be well, because you will be able to manage your emotions and your interactions with your spouse or partner.
You can even give him love.
In addition, in the professional environment, meditation allows you to maintain good communication with your colleagues.
Having said that, you understand that meditating gives you natural well-being in all areas of life.
This practice allows you to listen to your inner voice to know the attitude to adopt in the most difficult situations.
It allows you to live your life to the fullest.
In short, meditation is a powerful weapon, the best today to really know who you are, because it puts you in a state of mindfulness.
The easiest method to do mindfulness is simply MBSR meditation.
Those who practice yoga are the greatest followers of this technique.
For them, meditation is more than a simple hobby: it is an art, a culture, a remedy for health.
They go even further by giving it the place of a religion.
So, for all these reasons, you must start practicing meditation right now.