There are so many benefits of practicing meditation, the first and most important one is that by practicing meditation and taking time for self care you are showing yourself love and compassion. By spending time on your own self care and meditation practice you are not just looking after yourself, you are keeping yourself mentally and physically healthy so that you can look after, help and support others.
Meditation offers us the opportunity to rest our mind. This is something which we seem to find difficult to justify allocating time to. In our modern world we are constantly on the go with life’s daily challenges. We have so much to think about . We are also living in a technological age where even when we are out, we are in, so when we leave work we are still available. Our brain and mind is switched on all of the time and we seem insistent on keeping it busy with films, tv, social media, videos of goats in pyjamas, music, emails, messaging , texts.
It can sometimes feel alien for us to just be … with no distractions. Meditation offers us a tool to access this quiet and peaceful space within our head so that we can recharge our batteries and feel rejuvenated.
Our physical health can also be improved by taking time regularly to meditate. These days we are surrounded by life situations which over-stimulate our sympathetic nervous system (our fight or flight response) by connecting to the breath during meditation we have an opportunity to tap into our parasympathetic system (the source of relaxation ) and bring both sides back into balance. By reducing our stress response we are able to improve our health. Living in a continued over-stimulated state of stress contributes to many illnesses such as heart disease, autoimmune disorders, digestive issues, joint and back pain so using meditation to improve our health can only be positive.
So, it is possible that looking within and connecting to the breath during our meditation practice has something to offer everyone to improve both their physical and mental health and wellbeing.