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10 Scientifically Proven Health Benefits of Meditation [Infographic]

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Most of you must have read about the health benefits of meditation. Some of you probably haven’t tried practicing meditation because of the lack of scientific proof about its benefits.

Not anymore! Scientists have used scientific methods to test the meditation benefits and its correlation with the state of your body and mind.

You need not hold yourself back any longer. Meditation is one technique that brings you health and happiness without any side effects!

Meditation makes you feel better both mentally and physically. It also helps you connect to your innerself, and many use this technique for spiritual purposes.

But meditation is not only about spirituality. This is one myth that makes people shun meditation.

Meditation can also make you achieve your materialistic aim – to be happy and healthy.

Wouldn’t you enjoy your life more if you’re more attentive, calm, focused, emotionally stable, and physically immune?

Of course, you would. In fact, I’d go to the extent to say that your health and wellness is not complete without mediation as a part of your daily routine.

My best time for meditation is after I come back from my morning walks. I usually practice Transcendental Meditation because I learnt that from my father. How about you?

Well, meditation is of different types, so here’s some information to make you aware about meditation.

“Meditation is the tongue of the soul and the language of our spirit.” ~ Jeremy Taylor

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What is Meditation

Meditation is the synonym for contemplation, reflection, or thinking.

Dictionary defines it as a continuous and profound contemplation or musing on a subject or series of subjects of a deep or abstruse nature.

You can say that meditation is an extended period of thought or concentration.

Meditation deals with the mind. It is in fact the act of transforming the mind.

Meditation is also defined as a practice in which an individual trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness, either to realize some benefit or as an end in itself.

During meditation, you may experience a state of deep peace that occurs when the mind is calm and silent.

So, meditation helps you gain control over your mind and senses. Though it is true that meditation is a part of many religions, it doesn’t necessarily have to do anything with religion and philosophy.

For example, you can practice Transcendental meditation, which is all about reducing stress and making your life peaceful.

I will write about meditation along with more information about the various types of meditation in some future post.

In this post I want to emphasize on why you should start practicing mediation.

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“The whole of meditation practice can be essentialized into these 3 crucial points: Bring your mind home. Release. And relax!” ~ Sogyal Rinpoche

Scientifically Proven Health Benefits of Meditation That You Should Know

Your mind is a powerful tool. I wrote a post about what is mind and what happens if you lose your mind. Meditation is a way to tame it and extract the benefits out of it.

Here is a wonderful infographic created by and based on an article by Emma Seppala, who is an authority on psychology and well-being at the Stanford University.

The infographic is titled “10 Science-based reasons to start meditating today”.


10 Science-Based Reasons To Start Meditating Today INFOGRAPHIC

 “Sometimes, simply by sitting, the soul collects wisdom.” ~ Zen Proverb

How much do you agree with this infographic?

Well, to be honest, I don’t think you’ve much to disagree when you’ve the scientific research stats and conclusions backing the meditation benefits.

Meditation is more than a remedy just to reduce your stress levels. It’s an overall balancing act that takes care of your body, mind, and soul to make your life easy.

Meditation has more tremendous health benefits than as shown in this infographic. Meditation is relaxing as it eliminates or reduces the toxic depositions of the body and the mind.

It helps regenerate the body and the mind to be more productive and successful. In fact, research shows that meditation helps in:

● Reducing stress levels and anxiety
● Eliminating depression
● Removing addiction
● Getting rid of eating disorders
● Decreasing pain and inflammation
● Reducing blood pressure
● Regulating blood sugar levels
● Improving immune system and bone density
● Increasing fertility
● Improving the skin

And may be there are more benefits that are yet to be researched and proven!

So, now that you know all the health benefits of meditation, which are proved scientifically too – what are you waiting for? Go ahead and start meditating today, if you don’t already! 🙂

“Prayer is when you talk to God; meditation is when you listen to God.” ~ Diana Robinson

Over to You –

Do you meditate? If you do, how many minutes do you devote to meditation daily? Do you believe that the meditation benefits can help you increase your health and happiness levels? What other benefits of mediation have you experienced? Share in the comments.

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  1. Vishal

    June 15, 2017 at 11:07 am

    That was a great persuasive post, Harleena. That point on the infographic about 1440 minutes in a day and how much we spent on useless stuff really hit me hard! I am guilty of doing this a lot and procrastinating the meditation practice unless I am overwhelmed with too many thoughts and worries.

    I can now see if I spend even half of time I spend on Facebook or Twitter on meditation, the quality of life can improve so much! I am glad I came across this piece while researching about scientific benefits of meditation! Thanks a lot for writing this. Look forward to reading more from you!

  2. Robert Bowley

    March 16, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    Hi Harleena thanks for a great blog post. Meditation is a fascinating subject with so many different approaches. It has certainly made a huge difference in my life over the years. I make it a regular part of my daily routine along with tai chi which is really meditation on the move. For me personally it is about letting the thoughts go and discovering a deep sense of peace and calm that springs out of this experience. I think this sense of peace is always there it’s just that we get in the way of it! Looking forward to reading more of your posts.

  3. Debshikha Banerjee

    May 20, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    Hello Harleena Ma’am,

    I meditate on a daily basis. What I do is called Sudarshan Kriya Yoga(SKY) or simply Kriya. It’s a 20minute process which involves couple of breathing exercises. I started meditating since November,2012 and have not skipped a day since then. When I meditate, I go into a different world. It’s like being cut off from the entire world. It’s so wonderful that I can’t explain it in words. I learnt it in YES!+ course that was organized by the Art Of Living.

    The benefits of meditation are many. I felt a lot more relaxed. I could manage days well off with sleeping for only 4-5 hours without even a hint of irritation throughout the day. I had a lot of control over my moods, anger, temper. I had suddenly got a lot of self confidence.

    Those who don’t meditate actually don’t know what they are missing out on till they meditate.

    There is one fact about SKY which I can’t help but share with you and my fellow bloggers. After many years of practice, when one becomes an expert in Kriya, then 20 minutes of Kriya is similar to 8 hours of sound sleep. Isn’t it exciting!!!

    Regards
    Debshikha

  4. Vee

    April 3, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    This is a great article! I started with 5 minutes a day. After few months, I moved to 10 minutes a day. However, I’m finding it difficult to keep 10 minutes due to lack of focus after 7 or 8 minutes. My goal is to reach 20 minutes. Reading this article enforces me to strict to my goal. Thanks for this post.

  5. Giovanni

    January 11, 2015 at 7:40 am

    Hi Harleena,

    Thank you for this. I found this post when doing research for a compilation of meditation benefits, and it helped me to confirm some points.

    It’s great that you are spreading mindfulness in this world. Society needs it.

  6. Matthew

    November 28, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Hi Harleena,

    I find that the word “meditation” can often be replaced with the term “clearing the mind”.

    Sitting still and meditating could also be described as “allowing your mind to race and change direction until it is completely still”.

    Meditating in silence, or while listening to meditation music, by yourself or in a group can help reduce stress and worry as well as focusing and clearing your mind.

    Resting your mind is just as important as resting your body. Meditation can be an important part of a healthy mind, just like exercise can be an important part of a healthy body.

    Thank you for a wonderful article !

    Matthew

  7. Tony

    June 1, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Great list of meditation benefits. I find meditation to be very relaxing and eases the mind. Great article thanks for the share!

  8. Charmie

    April 2, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Awesome infographic indeed. These days even western culture is also moving towards meditation stuff to gain peace and serenity in their lives for a better well-being.
    Thanks a lot for this infographic.

  9. Laura Probert

    April 2, 2014 at 3:16 am

    Great post on meditation! Every since reading Adyashanti’s book, True Meditation, I stopped having a sort of performance anxiety over it. The way I meditate is by using body awareness, and every normal moment of my life as an opportunity to be present to what I am feeling inside. I find that by practicing this way, I do it every day, and don’t get hung up on rules. I use this idea with every client in my physical therapy practice, because true healing can not occur without awareness.

  10. Zana

    March 20, 2014 at 3:34 am

    I agree! Meditation works wonders on the mind body and spirit. I always try and dedicate 5-10 minutes a day to meditating and visualization….also I had no idea it had so many positive effects on the brain. Neat!

  11. Karen Hoyt

    March 7, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    Harleena,

    I just love this! Since I work hard at practicing awareness and meditation, I write a lot about it too in my personal journals. It is one way that I stay healthy with my health condition.

    Ok, I’ve got to tell you that I’ve got a couple of blogs on meditation that are in the editing stages. My hand gave out and I’ve had to leave them alone for a week or so. Your viewpoint is so broad and would apply to anyone! The infographic is totally cool. You are just a great blogger and cover a wide range of topics that give so many benefits to your readers – especially me!

    I got in a bit of a time crunch and was cutting back on cushion time. It realy shows up in my attitude and I’ve set a new goal. So far, so good! I’m heading into my monthy retreat this weekend to really focus on that.

    This is a good encouragement for me today. Perfect timing!! I hope your weekend is great!
    Karen Hoyt

  12. Mayura

    March 6, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Hi Harleena,

    Great infographic and first time come across one about meditation! I knew meditation had health benefits and mostly I enjoyed the peacefulness it brings. Yet haven’t heard of some facts depicted in the infographic 🙂 I was amazed to see how meditation had been widely popular among western counties too.

    I believe the exposure to meditation for years helped me a lot and especially as a kid which I needed a space for myself with lots of patience dear 🙂 That few minutes with closed eyelids were golden among all the darkness I felt around.

    I didn’t wanna learn to meditate by myself, neither fond of it (Remember, I was a kid :D). But as a practice originated from my religion, I learnt it via religious education, Harleena – Samatha, Vipassana and Anapanasati (My favorite as it involves with breathing) meditations.

    I didn’t do that regularly but when I feel kinda down or need some space, I preferred how meditation worked for me. As I mentioned, it’s the peacefulness I was seeking for.

    Still I’m not practicing meditation regularly, but when I feel the need (Not only in down times), I just do while sitting in front of my computer 🙂 May be those years of practice helped me take to the concentration phase quickly. Meditating while gazing far away from a mountain top is one of my dreams. Kinda crazy, eh?

    I’m grateful for exposing to meditation so early, and living life which I don’t need meditation for the sake of peacefulness in mind is what I prefer to have Harleena 🙂 I’m sure this post will encourage others to think twice about practicing meditation too.

    Enjoy the rest of your wonderful week Harleena 🙂

    Cheers…

  13. Raviraj

    March 4, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    Your right , Meditation gives everytihing you need. For me meditation helped me to overcome the sadness after lsoing my dad . and also for the concentration and find focusing !

    And you have listed pretty well!!

  14. Salvador

    March 4, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    As a wedding photographer I feel myself exhausted after a hard days work. Definitely meditation is something I had thought about doing it and after I started a month ago it does certainly help me get back into a relaxed zone. The only problem with it is that the more you meditate the more you feel the benefits and the more you want to do it! 😉

  15. B k chowla

    March 2, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    I have been meditating for years but for may be less than ten minutes a day.
    I don’t know if that’s good enough.
    I don’t know if any particular time of the day is important for meditation.

  16. Idaerafagha Allison

    March 2, 2014 at 10:19 am

    I remember in those days when i started my first blog, i would go into a deep meditation just to get topics from my mind. Indeed meditation helps alot. Whoever doubts it should give it a try. I could do more meditation but not as i use to do to day. Although i never knew that there was a health benefit attached to meditation. I think Aha-Now just let me know.

    Since there is a health benefit, i would often do my meditation. Though not a promise, but gradually.

  17. Jeanne Melanson

    March 2, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Wonderful post, and I absolutely love the infographic! I used to meditate on a daily basis a few years ago, then I went through a divorce and my life got turned around. I definitely need to get back into it though, because what it did for me was to make my mind feel clearer, so that I could make decisions quicker and easier. It also brought about a sense of calm and peace everywhere in my life. There’s just nothing like it. Thanks, Harleena, for another awesome post. Peace

  18. Jeevan Jacob John

    March 2, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Well, I don’t meditate, at least not now.

    I had planned to do it this year. But, I haven’t followed it (consistently) so far. Last week, I decided to make a change and adjust my schedule (free up my morning time, so the first thing I do, in the early morning, is meditate).

    I haven’t tried it out yet, busy with the midterms last week. But, I have got to try out this week 😀

    Hopefully, everything will go well (I do have time, for it – 20 mins :D). Stay focused and do it. My only fear is that I might sleep while meditating…since I am doing this as the first thing in the morning!

    Hopefully that won’t happen 😀

    Thank you for sharing this, Harleena 🙂 Appreciate it!

  19. Adrienne

    March 2, 2014 at 5:02 am

    Hey Harleena,

    I’ve learned a LOT about meditation over the course of the last three to four years. I use to give it a shot and couldn’t quiet my mind so I thought I wasn’t doing it right.

    I remember someone telling me not even the monks can quiet their minds and that’s not really the purpose of it. Once I started practicing more I started having more success but then I started having something else happen instead. I found that I was able to connect with spirits when I was in that quiet state and while most of the time I welcomed them, everyone was eager to find out who I’d spoken with and could I speak with someone in particular so I stopped.

    Along this process I learned also that when you sit quietly for any length of time or you have conversations with God that put you at peace then those both are also forms of meditation so I still consider myself doing that everyday.

    This is one of the reasons I am so happy too because I think such good thoughts everyday and know that my life is in his hands.

    Nothing is 100% perfect and we can still have issues but for the most part it just puts me in the most peaceful place and I feel just so blessed.

    Thanks for sharing this and I really liked the infographic too!

    Hope you’re enjoying your weekend.

    ~Adrienne

  20. Sherman Smith

    March 2, 2014 at 3:14 am

    Hey Harleena,

    I have been procrastinating but I’m glad that I ran into your blog! This post gives me some more insight on meditation and the benefits of it. I’ve been meaning to start meditating at the beginning of the year but never put myself to doing it. But at least I didn’t some research on it and it pretty much was a little overwhelming. There’s different types of meditation, there’s different techniques on how to meditate, etc…I would just like to start off with one. I’ll look into Transcendental meditation and go from there! Thanks for sharing!

  21. Ahsan

    March 1, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Hello Harleena,

    In this modern world, we are living in lots of problem & so stress is increasing day by day. The best solution to relief stress is meditation. I think 20-30 minutes regular meditation will help to be cheerful as well as enjoy the day. By reading all these meditation benefit, we’ll not miss the opportunity.

    Have a better life 🙂

  22. Kumar Chandan

    March 1, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Hi, Harleena mam,

    I must say an excellent info-graphic.

    Meditation helps us to find good health physically as well as mentally. It connects us with the higher level of happiness. During meditation, we spend time to understand our self. It makes our inner side stronger.

    It fills us up with new and creative ideas and energy. Simply, this happens as we connect our body to our mind. In other words, we connect with our spirit or the supreme power.

    Today’s life is a busy one and it is quite depressive. People don’t have time to know their strength, forget happiness and finally they get depression and frustration.

    Meditation really helps us in foiling frustration and brings us happiness.
    Thank You very much for sharing such a wonderful info-graphic.
    Have a great day ahead.

  23. Carolyn Nicander Mohr

    March 1, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Hi Harleena, Brilliant article and wonderful infographic. I first learned of meditation in high school. Believe it or not, I took a course in rest and relaxation and it was one of the most valuable courses I took in high school. I remember so much from that course and have used it in my life.

    With the kids and everything else in life, I just haven’t taken the time to get back into meditation. You’ve reminded me how much I enjoyed it and of all of the benefits of mediation. Thank you, Harleena!




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10 Scientifically Proven Health Benefits of Meditation [Infographic]

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