75 proven benefits of meditation

Guided relaxation, meditation & visualisation… you’ve heard all the terms… but here’s a little secret – they’re all doing the same thing.

Each one allows you to relax, calm your mind and focus your thoughts. By simply including short bursts of guided relaxation into your life, you are opening your life up to the following, scientifically proven benefits…

Mentalfloss process is scientifically proven to help you:-

1. Overcome stress (University of Massachusetts Medical School, 2003)
2. Boost your creativity (ScienceDaily, 2010)
3. Improve your sex life and increase your libido (The Journal of Sexual Medicine, 2009)
4. Cultivate healthy habits that lead to weight loss (Journal Emotion, 2007)
5. Improve digestion and lower blood pressure (Harvard Medical School)
6. Decrease your risk of heart attack (The Stroke Journal, 2009)
7. Help overcome anxiety, depression, anger and confusion (Psychosomatic Medicine, 2009)
8. Decrease perception of pain and improve cognitive processing (Wake Forest University School of Medicine, 2010)
9. Increase your focus and attention (University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2007)
10. Increase the size of your most important organ— your brain! (Harvard University Gazette, 2006)

Apart from the above scientific proven benefits meditation – here are 75 more.

Psychological Benefits

  1. Builds self-confidence
  2. Increases Serotonin levels
  3. Resolves phobias and fears
  4. Helps control own thoughts
  5. Helps with focus and concentration
  6. Increases creativity
  7. Increased brain wave coherence
  8. Improves learning ability and memory
  9. Increased feelings of vitality and rejuvenation
  10. Increased emotional stability
  11. Improves relationships
  12. Mind ages at a slower rate
  13. Develops Intuition
  14. Improves relations at home & work
  15. Able to see the larger picture in a given situation
  16. Develop will power
  17. Develops emotional maturity
  18. Grows a stable, more balanced personality
  19. Greater tolerance
  20. Gives composure to act in a considered & constructive way
  21. Need less sleep to recover from sleep deprivation
  22. Decreased tendency to worry
  23. Helps make more accurate judgments
  24. Decrease in restless thinking
  25. Require less time to fall asleep, beneficial for insomnia

Physiological Benefits

  1. It lowers oxygen consumption rate
  2. Decreases respiratory rate
  3. Increases blood flow and slows the heart
  4. Increases exercise tolerance
  5. Leads to a deeper level of physical relaxation
  6. Good for people with high blood pressure
  7. Reduces anxiety attacks by lowering the levels of blood lactate
  8. Enhances the immune system
  9. Helps in chronic diseases such as arthritis, allergies, etc…
  10. Helps in post-operative healing
  11. Decreases muscle tension
  12. Reduces pre-menstrual symptoms
  13. Reduces activity of viruses and emotional distress
  14. Drop in cholesterol levels, lowering risk of cardiovascular disease
  15. Helps with weight loss
  16. Higher skin resistance
  17. Improved flow of air to lungs, resulting in easier breathing
  18. Higher levels of DHEAS (Dehydroepiandrosterone)
  19. Cure headaches and migraines
  20. More inclined to sports, activities
  21. Harmonize your endocrine system
  22. Reduced need for medical care
  23. Greater orderliness of brain functioning
  24. Relaxes the nervous system
  25. Heals infertility (the stress of infertility can interfere with the release of hormones that regulate ovulation)

Spiritual Benefits

  1. Helps keep things in perspective
  2. Provides peace of mind
  3. Helps you discover your purpose
  4. Increased compassion
  5. Growing wisdom
  6. Increases self-actualization
  7. Deeper understanding of yourself and others
  8. Brings body, mind, and spirit into harmony
  9. Helps learn forgiveness
  10. Changes attitude towards life
  11. Helps one live in the present
  12. Creates a widening, deepening capacity for love
  13. Increases the synchronicity in life
  14. Allows the experience of ‘One-ness’
  15. Attain enlightenment
  16. Increases acceptance of oneself
  17. Discovery of the power and consciousness beyond the ego
  18. Deeper level of spiritual relaxation
  19. Creates a deeper relationship with God
  20. Greater inner-directedness
  21. Allows the inner sense of “Assurance” and “Knowledge”
  22. Reduces pattern of judgment
  23. Allows one to ‘let go’
  24. Opens one to limit-less belief
  25. Shifts one to being happier with simplicity, nature, and the self