For a long time, meditation was considered to be a bit “out there” – something your hippy friends who’d travelled to India in the 60s and 70s practised, in an attempt to achieve higher states of consciousness. It just wasn’t something ordinary folk indulged in. When would you find the time and quiet space for starters?!

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But over the past few decades, it has become much more widely accepted and one thing that is pretty consistent is the consensus about its benefits.

If you were to ask a random poll of citizens of any country in the Western world what were the benefits of meditation, you would get answers like:

it helps you to relax

it reduces stress

you sleep better

All true, but there are so many more benefits, all of which are backed up by much scientific research. In the article below, by Emma Seppala, TWENTY research-backed benefits are listed! See how many you can find before you read it!

I started meditating soon after 9/11. I was living in Manhattan, an already chaotic place, at an extremely chaotic time. I realized I had no control over my external environment. But the one place I did have a say over was my mind, through meditation. When I started meditating, I did not realize it would also make me healthier, happier, and more successful. Having witnessed the benefits, I devoted my PhD research at Stanford to studying the impact of meditation. I saw people from diverse backgrounds from college students to combat veterans benefit. In the last 10 years, hundreds of studies have been released. Here are 20 scientifically-validated reasons you might want to get on the bandwagon today:

It Boosts Your HEALTH

1 – Increases immune function (See here and here)

2 – Decreases Pain (see here)

3 – Decreases Inflammation at the Cellular Level (See here and here and here)

It Boosts Your HAPPINESS

4 – Increases Positive Emotion (here and here)

5 – Decreases Depression (see here)

6 – Decreases Anxiety (see here and here and here)

7 – Decreases Stress (see here and here)

It Boosts Your SOCIAL LIFE

Think meditation is a solitary activity? It may be (unless you meditate in a group which many do!) but it actually increases your sense of connection to others:

8 – Increases social connection & emotional intelligence (see here and – by yours truly – here)

Read the original article here:

20 Scientific Reasons to Start Meditating Today: New research shows meditation boosts your health, happiness, and success!

And of course the other benefit that we are perhaps more concerned about on this site, is your increased sense of connection with your higher self, your intuition, that part of you which always knows what is best for you, if you’ll only learn to listen to its messages and not ignore them.

Which reason is most important to you? If you already meditate, what was the main reason you began?

If you’re just beginning, which is the most convincing benefit for you?

I’d love to hear your thoughts! Share below!

 

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