What is Meditation
What is it?
The Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual Benefits of Meditation Regular meditation calms down the restlessness of the mind, and decreases the number of distracting thoughts, bringing a sense of inner peace and relaxation. As the sense of inner peace increases, the ability to concentrate and focus the mind improves. With a peaceful mind, one makes fewer mistakes, makes better judgments and decisions, and becomes more patient and tolerant. This, of course, improves one’s relationships with family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues. Regular meditation practice also enhances the sense of happiness and contentment one has in their life. As our minds become more and more peaceful, the number of worries, anxieties, fears, and negative thoughts decreases, and in their absence, happiness rises from within. Much of the stress and tension we normally experience comes from our mind, and many problems, including ill health, are brought about or aggravated by stress, anxiety, and tension. This stress, anxiety, and tension can indeed be reduced by regular meditation. When our minds are at peace, many problems just disappear, and others feel so much easier to cope with. An undisciplined mind accepts every passing thought and wastes one’s time and energy on useless or negative thoughts. It also often aggravates every problem and takes it out of proportion. With a disciplined and trained mind, this tendency gradually gets weaker, and may even disappear. In time, one can see changes in the behavior and attitude, and manner of thinking. The mind becomes more positive and one learns to react more constructively, patiently, and calmly to the various situations of daily life, from dealing with people to dealing with problems, tasks, or goals. One’s actions become positive and efficient, focused, and more satisfactory. The benefits of meditation manifest on the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual levels. Some of them appear quite fast, and others take some more time. This depends on the amount of time devoted to one’s meditation practice and the levels of earnestness and concentration.
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