Meditation-Why Give This Woo-Woo Spiritual Thing A Chance?

Meditation-Why Give This Woo-Woo Spiritual Thing A Chance?

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Because it’s works! Meditation opens you to experience levels of peace, clarity, and joy that you never knew existed…

There is an endless list of ways to practice, but the intention behind any meditation is the same. We meditate to gain inner-peace with the taming of the mind. Have you ever noticed how your thoughts don’t shut off, ever? The chatter is always there. Sometimes it keeps us from sleeping, or being mindful of our surroundings. I invite you take notice of what’s going on in your mind as you’re do something almost habitual, like driving your car or brushing your teeth. See if you notice an endless script playing out; monologue or dialogue. Then try to see if you can stop the racket for even just a few seconds. How does that feel? What do you notice? My guess is that you feel a sense of relief. You may physically feel yourself relax. Colors may appear more vibrant as your awareness expands to your surroundings. This is a sneak peek into the present moment. Meditation is the practice of quieting the mind so that you may live in the moment more often.

Not Convinced Yet?

If you are more of the analytical type and need some proof to base your practice, here are just a few scientifically proven health benefits of mediation:

Improved immunity

Group mantra-meditation was used as a psychoneurobehavioral intervention on healthy women to test immunological components. After one hour of meditation salivary levels of immunoglobulin A (antibodies in your immune system that help fight infection) were significantly higher (Torkamani et al., 2018).

Reduced sensitivity to pain

After just 4 days (20 min/day) of meditation training (Zeidan et al., 2011)

  • Blood pressure control & improvement in insulin resistance (Koike & Cardoso, 2014).
  • Improved ability to fall asleep sooner and stay asleep longer (Martires & Zeidler, 2015).

Koike, M. K., & Cardoso, R. (2014). Meditation can produce beneficial effects to prevent cardiovascular disease. Hormone molecular biology and clinical investigation, 18(3), 137-143.

Martires, J., & Zeidler, M. (2015). The value of mindfulness meditation in the treatment of insomnia. Current opinion in pulmonary medicine, 21(6), 547-552.

Rinpoche, S. (2012). The Tibetan book of living and dying: a spiritual classic from one of the foremost interpreters of Tibetan Buddhism to the West. Random House.

Torkamani, F., Aghayousefi, A., Alipour, A., & Nami, M. (2018). Effects of Single-Session Group Mantra-meditation on Salivary Immunoglobulin A and Affective State: A Psychoneuroimmunology Viewpoint. EXPLORE, 14(2), 114-121.

Zeidan, F., Martucci, K. T., Kraft, R. A., Gordon, N. S., McHaffie, J. G., & Coghill, R. C. (2011). Brain mechanisms supporting the modulation of pain by mindfulness meditation. Journal of Neuroscience, 31(14), 5540-5548.

Hollie Conger, Certified Health & Wellness Coach, B.S. Integrative Health Care, Teacup Wellness Coach.

Hollie partners with her clients on their voyage toward positive growth and change that lasts. Her intuitive skills and empathic nature act as gentle guides to ease the client into their greatest potential.

3 Comments
  • Jessica McFarland
    Posted at 06:43h, 05 August Reply

    Loving your site’s articles — short but well written! I’m trying to do meditation myself but find it a little difficult. Your article presents a stronger case for it! Thanks!

    • Roxie Speer
      Posted at 13:37h, 23 August Reply

      Thanks Jessica! For a exercise that practices quietly sitting for a few minutes it is incredibly hard! I guess that’s why it takes practice. Keep going–the benefits are worth the work.

    • Hollie Conger
      Posted at 11:35h, 24 August Reply

      Thanks for your comment Jessica,
      Even achieving 10 seconds of no-thought during a 10-minute mediation is major progress. And when we sit in mediation, but cannot turn off the chatter, we are still benefitting greatly from the effort and momentum generated toward a tranquil mind.

      Look for my next article on Metta Bhavana (Loving Kindness) meditation, which will include a 5-minute guided mediation video, I would love to hear what you think about this style of mediation and how it may further encourage you in your own spiritual journey,

      “The gift of learning how to meditate is the greatest gift you can give yourself in life”. – Sogyal Rinpoche

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