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The Benefits of Meditation

To those who have never meditated, it does not seem very interesting. They equate meditation with people sitting down cross-legged, with eyes closed, for long periods of time. Do you think it is boring? Actually, it is not that bad because there is a whole lot of stuff going on which you do not see. Regular meditation actually has many benefits, and meditators have been enjoying these benefits for thousands of years.

In our daily lives, stress affects us all, whether we know it or not. Different people will suffer from different types of stress, and some can handle it better than others. Students suffer from stress when they are preparing for exams. Adults suffer from stress in the workplace. Senior citizens might suffer from stress due to some form of illness.

Meditation helps people to be in control of their own emotions. “Studies have shown an improvement in the ability to regulate emotions in the brain, It is something very empowering.” said Emma Seppälä, Associate Director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research & Education. People are also easily distracted because they live busy lives and there are so many things happening around them. Seppälä says that you can focus and concentrate better if you meditate. You will also have better memory because of the energy that meditation gives you.

While regular meditation helps people to calm down and be more centred, it also has other positive effects. People who are calmer and more in control of themselves see things around them clearer. They become more aware of their surroundings, the people around them, and their own habits as well. Some people might begin to think about taking better care of themselves, improving their lifestyle by quitting smoking or drinking, and also eating healthier foods.

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ability – to have the means or skill to do something
cognition – the ability to understand
empower – make (someone) stronger and more confident
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