Meditation is a means of settling and transforming the mind.
It has been scientifically proven that engaging in a daily meditation practise, over a short period of time, can reduce stress, and illnesses linked to stress.
The various practices and techniques, and there are many, with no judgement and expectation, encourage and develop awareness of thoughts, emotions, and sensations within the mind and the body.
Awareness of these, externally and internally, lead to a settling of the mind enabling us to deal with the dissatisfaction of life that occurs from time to time.
By engaging with a particular meditation practice you learn the patterns and habits of your mind, and the practice offers a means to cultivate new positive ways of being, and a better understanding of life.
“The balance of mindfulness between relaxation and investigation allows us to enter into emotional experience in a full way while simultaneously offering us distance from it…to ‘hold’ it in meditative embrace.” Mindfulness Skills for Trauma and PTSD by Rachel Goldsmith Turow
Benefits of Meditation, from ‘Psychology Today’ News Letter
1) Increases immune function.
2) De-sensitizes pain.
3) Increases positive emotion.
4) Decreases depression, anxiety and stress.
5) Increases social connection & emotional intelligence.
6) Makes you more compassionate.
7) Makes you feel less lonely.
8) Boosts self-control of emotions, thoughts & feelings.
9) Increases focus and attention.
10) Improves memory.
11) Improves creative thinking.
12) Greater ability to multitask.