Effects of Meditation

Meditation – it can take few minutes and it has really changed my life drastically.

I feel blessed knowing I can slip into meditation easily, pretty much anywhere. It wasn’t this way at first. I read about different ways to meditate and found a way that I felt the most comfortable. For me, I really like focused attention meditation.

For example, I focus the attention on a single object during the whole meditation session. This object may be the breath, a mantra, visualization, part of the body, external object, etc. As the practitioner advances, their ability to keep the flow of attention in the chosen object gets stronger, and distractions become less common and short-lived. Both the depth and steadiness of their attention are developed.

It’s beautiful to start this practice and see your progress. In no time you will feel so energized and refreshed, clear headed and focused. I love when I finish a session, which usually takes about 10-20 minutes. I come out feeling like I just had adult nap time! For me, meditation means that I can be completely focused in the moment. If you decide to join me in mediating, here are some effects of meditation:

  • Reduces Stress: Normally, mental and physical stress cause increased levels of the stress hormone cortisol. This produces many of the harmful effects of stress, such as the release of inflammation-promoting chemicals called cytokines.
    These effects can disrupt sleep, promote depression and anxiety, increase blood pressure and contribute to fatigue and cloudy thinking.
  •  Controls Anxiety:  Less stress translates to less anxiety. For example, an eight-week study of mindfulness meditation helped participants reduce their anxiety. It also reduced symptoms of anxiety disorders, such as phobias, social anxiety, paranoid thoughts, obsessive-compulsive behaviors and panic attacks. I learned to meditate during a very difficult time in my life. Meditation at that time was a healthy escape, something positive I could focus on when everything else around me was crumbling.
  • Promotes emotional health: Some forms of meditation can also lead to an improved self-image and more positive outlook on life.
  • Enhances Self-Awareness
  • Lengthens Attention Span
  • Improves Sleep
  • And definitely improves your sex life.

Let me know if you try it out!

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