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

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.

“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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Last Updated on: February 26th, 2014


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  1. Susan Neal

    February 26, 2014 at 2:37 am

    Hi Harleena – for the last few months I’ve been meditating for 20 minutes a day, for all the reasons you mention in this post. Many studies have shown that it has great health benefits. I do think it helps to make me calmer and more focused, but I think I’ll only really experience the benefits when I’ve been doing it regularly for much longer, and it’s something I intend to keep up. I’ve just made it part of my daily routine and prioritise it over other things if I have a lot on.

    There are some excellent guided meditation videos on YouTube, which I found helpful when I was starting out.

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      Harleena Singh

      February 26, 2014 at 4:34 pm

      Hi Susan,

      You’ve just been going great! Keeping a 20 minutes daily routine of practicing meditation is really good. Of course, you need to carry it going on for a longer period to see its effect on your body and mind, and I should have mentioned that too in the post, but I’m sure people realize that the health benefits of meditation cannot be achieved overnight or in short duration.

      But its good to know that you find yourself calmer and more focused after meditation and the best thing is that you’re giving priority to meditation over the other things, which is what most people fail to do.

      Thanks for your suggestion to look for online videos on meditation, and that’s really a great idea for beginners.

      Thanks for visiting and sharing your thoughts as well as experiences with meditation, and wish you all the best. Do have a great rest of the week. 🙂

  2. Susan Neal

    February 26, 2014 at 2:41 am

    PS Sorry – forgot to say in my previous comment, Harleena, thanks very much for the excellent infographic – very informative and entertaining. Great stuff!

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      Harleena Singh

      February 26, 2014 at 4:36 pm

      Hi Susan,

      I’m glad you like the infographic. It was a chance happening that I came across it and it is certainly very helpful.

      Thanks for this special observation and compliment. 🙂

  3. I. C. Daniel

    February 26, 2014 at 3:41 am

    To be frank I find myself thinking and that’s a sort of meditation I guess, however what I really want to try is Yoga, yep you heard me, I want to try Yoga, I’ve watched couple Youtube videos, pretty interesting and definitely must try.

    My dear Harleena I just spent more than 2 hours creating a list with dofollow blogs using CommentLuv plugin, I waste so much time because I stumble upon a paste/copy list of hundreds of high PR(was not), well they were not but I had to check them to offer my visitors real stuff, also checked PR and I notice your blog is PR3 blog, “Poseidon” made the list, actually is me, I build the foundation of the forum. You’re listed too, in case you’re umconfortable after I add the description tomorrow because now is very late just let me know. Kind regards!

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      Harleena Singh

      February 27, 2014 at 4:46 pm

      Hi Daniel,

      As mentioned in this post, continuous and extended period of thinking is indeed a form of meditation. You can do meditation while sitting, sleeping, or even walking! 🙂

      Yoga is good, and the type of yoga that is popular is basically the one to keep you body fit and maintain a healthy body-mind balance. It is indeed a good form of exercise for both the body and mind.

      It’s good to know that you’ve created a list of dofollow Commentluv blogs. Yes, my blog is PR3 for a long time and I guess it’s an indication that its linking needs to be sorted out. I’ve no problem if you add my blog to your list and I wish you all the best for it.

      Thanks for your visit and do have a great rest of the week! 🙂

  4. Mary Stephenson

    February 26, 2014 at 3:43 am

    Hi Harleena

    I always have a problem with sticking to a program of any kind, it just never seems to work. But I do believe in the benefits of meditating.

    What I do often and have done in the past for a number of years, is to say a phrase to myself. Especially when I am stressed or in a stressful situation I say to myself “Relax, relax”. It slows my heart rate down and my breathing changes and I can calm down very quickly. Actually I am amazed at the transformation. Learned this method through an hypnosis session I had years ago. Those were the key words I had chosen and it seems to have served me well.

    There are times I might actually be meditating but maybe I am just phased out? But my two word method has definitely worked for me even when I am not stressed, I suppose it is due to the automatic slower heart rate and deeper slower breathing that those words trigger.

    Great infographic, it gives one lots to think about.

    Mary

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      Harleena Singh

      February 27, 2014 at 5:03 pm

      Hi Mary,

      I’m sure you can find the right type of meditation that can suit your lifestyle so you can stick to it forever.

      It’s good that you believe in the benefits of meditation. Thanks for sharing your way of dealing with stress – saying that phrase over and again and believing in it would certainly transform your mind and show positive effects. It’s great that this form of contemplation works for you.

      Meditation is just a state of mind and it is true that sometimes you reach a state where you lose connection with the world and are lost in your own world of bliss! Whatever phrase or mantra you chose and practice, your mind-body gets attuned to it and works for you whenever you use it.

      I’m glad you like the infographic too, Emma has done a great work on it.

      Thanks for visiting and sharing your wonderful experiences with meditation that helps a lot. Do have a great day ahead! 🙂

  5. Theodore Nwangene

    February 26, 2014 at 4:51 am

    A very brilliant post Harleena,

    The health benefits of meditation cannot be over emphasised and this infographic has indeed proven it beyond every reasonable doubt.

    When we meditate, we are often filled with renewed energy and strength to carry on with our duties while also staying highly focused as the infopgraphic also described.

    Although, I’ve not been doing it lately but, i do know the good impacts it can create on my health so, i have to join Sue Neal to be meditating for at least, 20 minutes/day:).

    Thanks for sharing Harleena.

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      Harleena Singh

      February 27, 2014 at 5:08 pm

      Hi Theodore,

      I’m glad you like the post.

      It’s good that you too believe in the healthy benefits of meditation. This infographic surely does justice to present it in a nice way.

      Oh yes, meditation is so refreshing and rejuvenating! Of course, you should be doing it and make it a part of your daily routine, just like Sue. 🙂

      Thanks for visiting and sharing your thoughts and views. Do have a great rest of the week ahead! 🙂

  6. Temilola Globalwalyy

    February 26, 2014 at 4:51 am

    Hello Harleena, what a great informative infographs you got there, and i think its been long you posted something about Health, Am Glad you did today..

    Since this post is about health, Permit me to also add some Research Proven Health benefits of meditation.

    When i am asked “what will be the main reasons to meditate? ” first thing that usually pops directly into my mind is that meditation just allows you to feel GREAT! But there are many other important reasons of meditation..

    Improved Health
    Meditation will improve your wellbeing by strengthening your immunity process, reducing your blood pressure and lowering cholesterol amounts.

    Improved Sleep
    Sleep is really a totally natural human function, and it’s something we’d like every day. But for those who have a busy mind or in case you are stressed then you may find that your sleep is just not as restorative as it must be. Meditation dramatically improves the standard of your sleep, and it is probably the most powerful natural remedies for insomnia.

    Thank you for this great and excellent post, will surely make use of the share Button

  7. Akaahan Terungwa

    February 26, 2014 at 5:58 am

    Hello Harleena,

    More than anything, that info-graphic challenged me: I never knew that there were so many benefits associated with the habit of meditation.

    My problem with the info-graphic is that it opens up with the fact that Oprah and other notable personalities meditate so it must be a great idea. While it is so in this case, it may be completely false in another.

    Aside the fault in logic in the opening of the info-graphic, very great article I must say!

    Always,
    Terungwa

  8. Kathy

    February 26, 2014 at 6:06 am

    Hi Harleena!

    Meditation is wonderful and I do it (along with my husband) not because of the scientific proof–but because it really does make my life better in so many ways. I kind of did it on and off for about 25 years and then 3 years ago my husband and I started doing it every day together for 15 minutes–and that works perfectly for us. We’ve played with the type and variety many ways…sometimes just silence, sometimes guided, sometimes with the right music…and I think the most important thing about it is to just do it! Just like exercise the biggest challenge is making it a habit. But once that happens it’s easy!

  9. lisa thomson

    February 26, 2014 at 6:55 am

    Totally agree! I’m learning through yoga class. But it works for insomnia too. Meditate and you will soon feel sleepy again. Great tips Harleena 🙂

  10. Leigh Shulman

    February 26, 2014 at 7:18 am

    I’ve had an on again off again meditation practice since high school. When I first began, though, I didn’t even realize what I was doing was meditation. I was simply going through some high school angst and found that sitting and focusing on a candle helped me relax.

    I can’t think of a time in my life when I meditated regularly that I didn’t feel more… of every single positive you mention. 🙂

    So why has it been on again-off again? I don’t know. It’s funny. When I get stressed, I want to rush and address the thing stressing me. It feels counterintuitive to first stop and just sit there, even though I firmly believe in the benefits of meditation.

    I recently started meditation again. I do it in the morning along with yoga, and between the two I can literally feel my body and mind loosening up. I’ve also noticed that since I began, I am more open to business things. My writing is more open and resonates more strongly with my readers.

    I love the infographic, too. Now off to read more about transcendental meditation and also find out how Marines and NFL players are meditating.

    Thank you as always for an inspiring post!

  11. Jodi Aman

    February 26, 2014 at 7:44 am

    LOVE the info graphic. I appreciate how it addresses that people most used excuse is that they do not have time. We all have time and using some for meditation actually improves the productivity the rest of the day! <3 Share, share, share!

  12. Kumar Gauraw

    February 26, 2014 at 8:14 am

    Hi Harleena,

    I can definitely vouch for these benefits of meditation and much more. If you ask me, I think meditation is really the most powerful miracle doze for personal productivity. It just supercharges our spirit, uplifts our confidence and brings laser like focus.

    Yes, I do meditate (although I have been a bit irregular since last 3-4 months due to trips, my hosting service launch and a lot of other projects going on in parallel. But, I do plan to get back into the rhythm in a few weeks.

    When I meditate, it can go on for a while and it can range anywhere between 15-20 minutes to an hour.

    Thank you for this awesome post!

    Regards,
    Kumar

  13. Balroop Singh

    February 26, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Hi Harleena,

    This is a very informative post for peace loving and health conscious people but you can ask…who doesn’t fall in those categories! Well, most of us do become so at some stage of life! Tell a youngster to meditate and he/she will glare at you, dagger eyed! And I must admit I still fall in that category…still young!! LOL! I am sure you too share that with me.

    Many times I have made a conscious effort too to develop a routine of meditation, even started it with full inspiration but got a weird feeling of being bored, I know it may seem absurd but honestly, I couldn’t concentrate, with my mind wandering far away into unknown, far away avenues, long forgotten. I was told it will happen initially but I didn’t have the patience to continue and so I couldn’t!

    Once again I am feeling inspired…let’s see! Thanks for a meaningful reminder…loved it. Have a nice,healthy week.

  14. Mansi Goel

    February 26, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    First, I just loved the infographic and also the way how you developed your write-up around it but, still kept it so unique. I seriously second your thoughts here, meditation not only cleanses your mind, it also creates space for further positive thoughts and learning abilities. And man, how it does it. Meditating by the sea side, listening to the waves is one great way to deepen your practice. Natural sounds like waves, birds chirping are better at making us reach that zen space in our minds than the chants. The chants, however, have their own benefits. Recent advancements in medical technology have made use of this principle and in the coming future, meditation will fall under Cymatic therapy, or the healing through sound. The effects do not remain localized to mind or skull, but translate and traverse down to all parts of the body.

  15. Amandah

    February 26, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    Harleena,

    Great post on meditation!

    I meditate in the morning for about 10 minutes, longer on the weekends. Meditation helps me to relax and get ready for my day. I have to be careful because if I’m too relaxed I fall asleep. 😉

    I believe meditation can help you increase your health and happiness levels. You’ll realize that all is well and be able to remain calm, no matter what is going on around you.

    Meditation can help you to release your fears and worries. You’ll feel more relaxed and receive the answers you need to any issue or situation you may face.

    Don’t get caught up in meditation techniques. Start slow and simple by breathing in and out and focusing on your breath. If thoughts enter into your mind, don’t worry. Let them pass and focus on your breath.

    Namaste.

  16. Jennifer Kennedy

    February 26, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Meditation has been my goal for a few years, but I honestly don’t dedicate any time to. I know that it has huge amounts of benefits! The one time I successfully meditated was very amazing!! My mind was quiet and everything was still. And, I really would like to incorporate that more often into my routine.

    I find it hard to slow down and feel that’s part of the reason why I don’t make it more of a priority. I did read, however, of an easy way to start incorporating it into your day by starting off small. Meditating for one minute first and then increasing it each month by another minute. that way, you actually build a habit out of it! I’m so glad you wrote this article, because I often think of habits that I want to start creating, but that I never do! Thanks for the inspiration!

  17. William Butler

    February 27, 2014 at 12:47 am

    Hi Harleena,
    I meditate every day, the focus of which is my mantra BE LOVE TO OTHERS.
    I think deeply on this all the time, as it is a state of being, more than of doing.

    Meditation crosses over into another of my favorite subjects, spiritual intelligence, which also has plenty of science behind it as well.

    Thank you for another reminder about what is important.

    Kind Regards,
    Bill

  18. George Mason

    February 27, 2014 at 1:06 am

    Wow! I’ve been practicing yoga and meditations for almost two years now, but I’ve never ran into that infographic! It looks really neat, I think I’ll try to get that as a wall poster.
    I devote at least a few sessions of ten minutes or a one hour session to meditation per day. It’s worked wonders for me.
    Meditation has really helped me get through very difficult times, both emotionally and physically. If there’s one thing I’d definitely recommend to literally anyone in the world, it would be meditation.

  19. Debbie

    February 27, 2014 at 3:19 am

    Totally agree and i like this quote, “Prayer is when you talk to God; meditation is when you listen to God.” ~ Diana Robinson

    Sometimes when i am trying to solve a problem and meditate I close my eyes and picture a white sheet. Relax and let the white sheet fill in and find my answer. it really works for me.

    When meditating and letting subconscious get through it is amazing the answers and stress that can be released.
    Another good post. Thank you Harleena
    Debbie

  20. Debbie Leven

    February 27, 2014 at 5:16 am

    I used to meditate regularly and went to a group session near work at lunch times which was great. I’ve stepped away from it but come back to it more recently. It’s a bit daft but when things get busy it gets pushed to the side and that’s just when I should take the time. I’m trying to make it a regular part of my day but I find that tends to be at the end of the day which is probably not ideal.

  21. Uttoran Sen

    February 27, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Nice Infographics Harleena,

    For me, the fact that meditation provides mental peace and happiness is just enough to practice it daily.

    Life being so stressful at times, a good and healthy half hour of early morning meditation is all that is needed to supercharge ourselves for the insane working day foreword,

    thanks,
    Uttoran Sen,

  22. Shalu Sharma

    February 28, 2014 at 12:55 am

    I agree with you completely that meditation has lots of health benefits. Sadly it is not popularised and I think this is because pharmacological companies don’t want it to become popular. Meditation or yoga has great benefits and must be taken seriously. Great infographic.

  23. donna merrill

    February 28, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Hi Harleena,

    Meditation sure is beneficial for so many things. I’ve been doing it for so long, I cannot remember when I started. I do it every day and it has become part of my daily routine.

    The more I meditate the easier it comes. When I do meditate I have my “safe place” I created long ago. It fulfills all my senses. So, when there is a stressful situation that comes up, I can go there so quickly, even for five minutes and relax my mind.

    Meditation is just a way of life for me. Thanks for writing all the benefits of it, especially the physical ones.

    I recently taught my mother how to and she is in her 80’s with heart problems. Now, after a year of doing this, she has better control of her physical abilities.

    -Donna

  24. Glori Surban

    February 28, 2014 at 11:27 am

    That’s a cool infographic! 🙂

    I’ve always wanted to start a meditation habit because I’ve heard a lot of great things about it from bloggers I trust and admire. I figured early morning would be the best time to practice it, right after waking up. I’m starting small (5 minutes), and I even forget to do it sometimes.

    But one thing I realized is how important breathing is. I have a hyperactive mind and I can easily start thinking about planning the day when I’m supposed to be meditating, so focusing on my breathing helps keep things on track.

  25. Himanshu

    February 28, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Hello Harleena,

    Meditation is one of the great process to boost your internal powers. With the help of mediation & Paranayam, we can easily cure our diseases. I have never thought of this kind of Infographic.

    Thanks for sharing this Infographic with us…. 🙂

  26. Bren

    March 1, 2014 at 2:00 am

    Hi Harleena!

    I used to meditate on a regular basis and then I got away from it for whatever reason. However, I slowly got back into taking a few minutes out a day to meditate. One doesn’t need long to ground themselves and find their “happy place”. When things get chaotic, way out of hand, I do find it hard to meditate and ground myself, however, I am working harder at doing that.

    Great and helpful post!

  27. 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!

  28. 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.

  29. 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 🙂

  30. 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!

  31. 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

  32. 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!

  33. 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

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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! 😉

  37. 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!!

  38. 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…

  39. 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

  40. 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!

  41. 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.

  42. 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.

  43. 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!

  44. 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

  45. 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.

  46. 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.

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    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

  48. 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.



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10 Scientifically Proven Health Benefits of Meditation [Infographic]

by Harleena Singh time to read: 3 min