Why is it important to meditate?
For those who practice meditation, they have likely experienced the calm and peace that comes from channeling energy into calming the mind. When practiced daily, meditation can enhance aspects of your mind and spirit as well as provide a better quality of life. The act of meditation can be practiced by anyone, anywhere through easy relaxation techniques. This ancient tradition should be considered part of any healthy, mindful lifestyle. There are many advantages you can expect from regular meditation.
Meditation helps the mind enter and embrace a feeling of relaxation and serenity. In the practice, the body, mind and spirit are in harmony with all attention and energy focused on yourself, regardless of any stimuli from the outside world.
As you meditate, you can enter your own personal, calm world, so to speak, and use the practice to help you explore your inner world that is as vast and complex as the outer world.
One key advantage of meditation is the opportunity to learn about yourself, or rather to understand yourself more profoundly, access sensations – both physical and emotional – that establish a much stronger relation with the inner self, thereby obtaining better emotional maturity, harmony in personality and a good knowledge of the goals and motives that drive us daily.
Body and mind
Though the state is one of total relaxation during meditation, there are several processes that continue to operate. At the mental stage, alpha waves, correlated with relaxation and imagination, are reported in the brain in an aware and alert state, unlike beta waves, which are those that are usually registered. This first creates a reduction in tension, often associated with everyday concerns, and at the same time, after meditation, it provides the possibility of addressing these problems with a new, more serene and concentrated viewpoint.
On a physical basis, there is a reduction in heart rate, sluggish and slowed breathing, and a relaxed state in the muscles and the body in general, which produces gains in metabolism and physical activity functioning.
The improvements that come from meditation in brain function will often enable you to approach thought or problem-solving mechanisms that need to be addressed from a new imaginative position. By entering various states of awareness, you have an opportunity to embrace changes in positive behavior or reduce potential for tension, frustration, or distress through daily meditation practice.