David Hamilton shares with Sandy Newbigging the scientific benefits of Meditation, with a little help from David’s beautiful dog Oscar
The benefits of meditation are boundless – from simple stress relief, better sleep, less worry and greater peace of mind and happiness – meditation can give you what you want.
People from all walks of life with a wide range of personal motives learn how to meditate. Meditation can benefit anyone because the mind has a direct impact on all aspects of life. You might want to improve your health, experience peace of mind, or enjoy closer relationships, or you might feel that there is more to life than what you are currently experiencing. Irrespective of your intentions behind wanting to learn how to meditate, you can feel confident that the effects of meditation can have a profound positive impact on your entire life.
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From a physical perspective, regular meditation can aid the healing of physical conditions by releasing stored stress and helping you to maintain better health by no longer accumulating as much stress during daily life. People using meditation also report improvements in the quality of their sleep, which can also lead to better physical health due to the enhanced levels of rest your body experiences.
Meditation can also help you to increase confidence, self-esteem and self-love because you can learn how to listen less to the critical voice in your head. Instead of habitually thinking negatively about yourself, meditation enables you to let negative thoughts come and go without them making you feel bad. In doing so, meditation can make you more calm, confident and content, naturally, without you having to rely on positive affirmations or reinforcement from others. This is not only very liberating but is also a genuine and long-lasting way to enjoy greater peace of mind and happiness.
It has been said that the only way to enjoy truly loving relationships with others is to first learn how to love Your Self fully. Meditation can help you to discover the inner source of love that resides within your own heart. By living aware of the inner source of love, you no longer need to look outside yourself to ‘get love’ from others. This takes the pressure off your relationships and increases the levels of love you experience.
CALM can help you to cultivate kindness and compassion as well. Being kinder to yourself can cause you to see the best in others too. As a direct consequence of these marvellous benefits of meditation, you can resolve relationship conflict and enjoy a deeper connection with others.
Perhaps surprisingly, the positive effects of meditation can also spill over into your professional life too. Meditation helps you to reduce stress, be more creative, enjoy greater clarity and make better decisions. You can also develop the ability to get ‘in the zone’ at will and ignore the negative thoughts inside your mind that can prevent you from performing at your best.
Meditation helps you to think less about the past and future and live more in the here and now. By being present, you can feel less anger, sadness, fear and guilt and instead, more peace, joy and contentment. Meditation also reveals to you the underlying still silence peaceful nature of reality that exists within your conscious awareness. Allowing you to go about your day with an ongoing sense of inner peace, irrespective of how busy your external life happens to be. Imagine that!
With regular practice and with the right guidance, meditation can also allow you to experience more expansive states of consciousness. Without meditation, most people only experience the states of consciousness commonly referred to as waking, sleeping and dreaming. However, there are more states of consciousness available to you and when you begin to explore and experience them, the benefits of meditation can feel like waking up, living heaven on earth and be incredibly liberating.