Once upon a time it was thought that the only people who meditated were crazy, out-there hippie types. You know the ones, with the long flowing gowns playing with tambourines and dancing in the park. Luckily this is no longer the case.
It is being discovered by experts all over the world that meditation not only profoundly affects a person’s mental health, but their physical body as well.
Following are some of the miraculous physical benefits of meditation you may not have been aware of and the reasons the practice should become a part of every person’s life.
Meditating for as little as 15 minutes a day can have an amazing effect on the physical body. These are just a few of the proven physical benefits:
Decreases a person’s respiratory rate
Increases blood flow and slows the heart rate
Increases lung capacity
Lowers blood pressure
Decreases muscle tension
Decreases respiratory crises that can occur with asthma, emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
Increases serotonin production in the body which influences mood and behavior
Can improve irritable bowel syndrome
Can improve ulcer symptoms
Can improve insomnia (in one study, 80% of the people who meditated to relieve insomnia were successful)
Can improve Fibromyalgia symptoms
Helps with chronic diseases such as allergies and arthritis
Reduces the symptoms of PMS (Pre-menstrual Syndrome)
Improves skin tone and skin elasticity
Helps in post-operative healing
Reduces activity of viruses
Reduces anxiety attacks
Effective for pain management (one of the reasons breathing exercises are given to women in labor)
Overall enhances the body’s immune system
Studies have shown that just about any physical ailment can somehow be improved by meditating. One of the main reasons is because meditation helps to remove tension and anxiety from a person’s mind and body. Tension, anxiety, fear and stress are major contributors to almost all diseases and the more those negative emotions are experienced, the worse the symptoms of those diseases will be.
Also meditating is easy to do, it costs nothing, and it can be done just about anywhere and at anytime, which makes it the perfect exercise for every person to utilize to help increase their physical health.