People who regularly do mindfulness meditation are generally considered more aware, open-minded, kind, and calm than those who don’t practice at all. Many claim their lives have become richer as a result of their practice. What’s interesting is that many of these people feel the need to help improve the lives of others as well. In this article, you’ll find out more about the benefits of mindfulness meditation and how it’s changing society.
Mindfulness meditation is getting more and more popular nowadays. Many people used to think about it as a practice that’s only good for the monks or hippies. But today, mindfulness meditation is practiced in many different ways. Mindfulness therapy has even been adopted in the medical practice as a complementary technique in treating various health problems.
Today, it’s much more convenient to learn to meditate than it was before. There are lots of different information sources teachings available to explore. You can also learn about it from local mindfulness workshops or meditation classes in your area, or through online mindfulness training courses.
It’s been covered on TV programmes, and it’s becoming more socially acceptable to discuss normal daily conversations. People are getting enthused about it because of its many health benefits.
Health benefits of mindfulness meditation:
A growing number of research studies have proven the many health benefits of mindfulness meditation. Some of these are:
Research shows that mindfulness meditation helps reduce stress significantly. It reduces the production of the stress hormone cortisol in the body. It also gives people a feeling of safe space between them and the stresses they are experiencing.
Reduced risk of heart disease
Most people who meditate have a decreased risk of suffering from stress-related disorders, such as heart disease. A study published in the American Heart Journal revealed that mindfulness meditation helps alleviate symptoms of chronic heart failure.
Helps improve mental health
Mindfulness meditation promotes better mood, and an improved mental and emotional wellbeing. It has been accepted as an important part in treating different mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and borderline personality disorder. Regular meditators tend to become much happier.
Lower blood pressure
Studies suggest that a regular mindfulness practice can lead to lower blood pressure. As a result, it helps prevent stroke by reducing the risk of hypertension.
Strong immune system
Mindfulness-based interventions are considered effective in building a stronger immune system. The immune system works more effectively in a less stressed environment. Research shows that it can even helps slow down the aging process. Many long term meditators say they feel and much younger than their age, and many look younger too.
How mindfulness meditation is getting popular in the Western society:
Celebrities, athletes and other famous personalities are talking about the benefits of mindfulness meditation. The Dalai Lama is among many who have been actively engaging the West. He’s worked alongside scientists who’ve done research studies about the practice.
Mindfulness meditation was first practiced in Buddhist communities in the East. Through the years, advancements in technology enabled more communication between the Eastern and Western societies and we in the west are getting on board with the practice. Western scientists are now starting to study and acknowledge what has been known as true for many thousands of years – that meditation is beneficial on many levels to aid mental and physical health.
Mindfulness meditation can be practiced in many ways. It can be detached from religion or any other ancient teachings and still have great value. This makes it compatible with the Western ways of living. At the same, mindfulness meditation may also enhance your spiritual life if you’ve got one. You don’t have to detach yourself from your own spiritual faith in order to get the benefits.
It has been proven effective in promoting an improved sense of wellbeing and helps overall personal development. This means people are better able to concentrate and perform at work to a higher standard.
Large companies are incorporating mindfulness meditation into their health and wellness programs.
Mindfulness therapy has been proven to be safe and effective in treating various health problems. It has no dangerous side effects. It’s also started to be accepted as a complementary form of therapy to standard medical care. The only challenge with it is it’s a skill that takes time to learn. Today we tend to want a quick fix to, or a distraction from our difficulties. Mindfulness meditation is a job for life, but it’s a very pleasant job once you’ve learned how.
Through research and testimonials, more and more people are starting to understand the importance of practicing mindfulness meditation. As the practice evolves, perhaps it can be the simple solution for a healthier society.
Imagine for a moment if most people got the mindfulness meditation habit – how might our society transform if the majority of people were calm, kind, happy and more productive?
If you want to be part of this constructive wave of change take one of our classes, workshops or work with one of us directly at Mindfulness Mavericks.
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