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I was never really big on meditating in the traditional sense, sitting in a lotus position with eyes closed and breathing in and out ever so slowly. Meditating came in the form of me sitting up in bed upon waking and simply just pondering on how I intended my day to unfold. In the evening, it was reflecting on how my day went. In either case, I was being quiet and still.

For a lot of people, it’s difficult being quiet and still. There’s something about silence and inaction that makes humans feel uncomfortable for some reason. Perhaps we’ve grown accustomed to constant stimulation and maybe anything less than constant makes us feel lifeless. Or, perhaps it’s something else altogether. The fact is, we humans do everything in our power to drown out the silence to keep from forming any intimate relationship with ourselves. 

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Silence truly is golden. In a research study at the Harvard Medical School, it was discovered that, in people who practiced relaxation techniques like meditation, tai chi, and yoga, more genes that fight off diseases are far more active compared to those who do not practice any form of relaxation. What was even more interesting was finding that the inactive genes in the other group were switched on after a daily relaxation program was put into place. Basically, how we manage our stress is a big part in the health maintenance of our bodies.

London’s BodyMind Medicine Centre hypnotherapist, Jake Toby, said, “that after teaching the control group how to induce the relaxation effect, after two months, their bodies began to change: the genes that help fight inflammation, kill diseased cells and protect the body from cancer all began to switch on.

Meditation a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Meditation is just really the dissolving of the stress you’ve encountered throughout your day. Eventually, with this discipline in practice, you will become a master at encountering life stress-free. Here are just several medical benefits meditation has on the body.

  • Strengthens immunity
  • Increases fertility
  • Relieves irritable bowel syndrome
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • It’s an anti-inflammatory
  • Helps you maintain emotional balance

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10 thoughts on “The Medicinal Benefits of Meditation

  1. It is so true…meditation is a huge health benefit. Sometimes you need to stop and get away from life or at least slow it down. We all move too fast and think of a million things at once, and do a million things at once. I will often times to prayer meditation even. It is so relaxing both physically and mentally! You can rest and still not be relaxed, or end up doing the reverse and getting too tired. However, meditation will calm you much more efficiently and rejuvenate you for the day I find!

  2. This is very interesting. I learned something new. I didn’t know people that practice yoga and tai chi have far more active disease fighting genes than those that don’t practice. In fact, I meditate once a week, it helps me relax and reduces my stress level. Its healthy and natural way to strengthen your immune system. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Hi there, this is an interesting article! I myself am one of the crowds who finds it hard to meditate, like what you say in the article, it does make me feel little uncomfortable. But, along with all your health benefits that you stated which comes along with meditation, I suppose I should try to meditate once in a while! I am particularly curious about the fact that meditation actually helps strengthen immunity which is something new for me.

    Thank you for the post! Keep up the good work!

    Cheers, Susan

  4. I started meditating not too long ago sometime in the beginning of August and my only regret was not starting sooner. I can relate when you say that some people just are uncomfortable without that constant stimulation. It was hard for me to sit still and just be alone inside my head and get to really know myself.

    For some, that may sound crazy but how else can you truly be alone with yourself and have healthy conversation?

    We all need some time alone each day to reflect and ask our-self questions in order to understand what we want in life. Its not enough to just want something in the form of wishful thinking. Meditating gives us the time to actually feel those emotions associated with wanting.

    It’s the only way to truly manifest our hearts desires.

    I really enjoyed reading your article because there is still so much that i don’t know about meditating so it was nice to learn more.

    I especially like learning about the health benefits associated with meditating like strengthening the immune system and lowering high blood pressure.

    • Have no regrets, Justin. Have fun on your road to self-discovery because it will be fun. And you’re absolutely right when it comes to manifesting desires. Meditation in the form of visualization is extremely important when it comes to creating the life that you want. Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

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