Why meditate?

Everyone needs to meditate so that they will learn more about the way their mind works. By meditating they will recognize unhelpful thought patterns, actions, and feelings responsible for making them less effective. They will be more aware of the problems they didn’t know which may be responsible for their unhealthy patterns of anger or feeling despondent. While it is true that some people take more naturally to meditation than others, anybody can do it if done for even as little as 15 minutes a day.

Scientific evidence also shows that meditation reduces blood pressure and relieves pain or stress. Other conditions that benefit from meditation include drug addiction, fibromyalgia, infertility, psoriasis, respiratory diseases, premenstrual syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome and ulcers. Psychological benefits include decreasing anxiety, depression, insomnia and panic attacks, and increasing or improving emotional stability, vitality, happiness, memory and learning ability.

Meditation has two basic goals. The first is spiritual renewal, aiming to produce a feeling of oneness with a higher being whether it is a divine god, a holy spirit, or an eternal truth. Next, is searching the basic truths in life in a peaceful state, separating illusion from reality and obtaining a better understanding of reality instead of confusing this with a thoughtless condition. The first goal could be easily attained through devotion or sincere dedication.

The product of the first goal is peace of mind, which helps persons understand the problems they encounter. With an expanded consciousness, a person is able to loosen the tightness of psychological attachments and go beyond petty reactions because they realize that there is more to living than just snobbery, which comes from an insecure ego and resentment caused by wounded vanity. Having a sense of oneness with a spiritual being helps refine the passions and allow a person to grow emotionally. This identification with the core of one’s being makes the will to act based on what is right and wrong stronger.

For the second goal, you will need much practice in order to have a mature philosophy as part of this goal is to have clarity of the mind. This helps in improving a person’s sense of what is right and wrong. This is also the main purpose of education and is a critical indication of future success or failure. Purity of the heart and freedom from hate, negativity, prejudice and resentment are other objective of meditation.

Today, research literature on meditation is growing in number and so are the various kinds of medical practitioners who are increasingly incorporating meditative techniques in their practice. Research has also shown that meditation contributes to the improvement of a person’s physiological and psychological condition. This is because meditation causes brainwave patterns to turn to an alpha state, the level of consciousness which promotes healing.