101 Reasons You Should Practice Meditation

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If you think meditation is for gurus, old hippies, and New Agers, think again!  Meditation has been shown to increase your happiness, success, and health, and not only that: it’s absolutely free. Meditation doesn’t take very long; just 15 or 20 minutes per day will do the trick. It can be done almost anywhere, requires no special equipment, and has no side effects whatsoever!

You have probably heard all the jokes and myths that surround meditation: you wear long red robes and sit in the lotus position, your mind is “empty” for an hour, you will chant words you don’t understand, and you might even have to take up a new religion. Well, none of those things are true, so you can pitch those silly ideas out the window.

With so much to gain and nothing to lose, you should be asking yourself, “Why not?”  Check out the top 101 reasons you should be meditating, today!

1. You will discover the power and consciousness beyond the ego

2. Improves your self-control

3. Greatly improves your social life

4. Lowers oxygen consumption

5. Gives you a deeper level of relaxation

6. Lowers blood pressure

7. Lowers respiration rate

8. Intense physiological benefits

9. Increases the synchronicity in your life

10. Helps you discover the power beyond the ego

11. Feel a sense of oneness

12. Changes your attitude towards life

13. Increase your acceptance of yourself

14. Find a deeper relationship with your higher power

15. Helps you attain enlightenment

16. Helps you learn to forgive

17. Reduces PMS symptoms

18. Helps with chronic diseases such as arthritis and allergies

19. Reduces the level of free radicals in the body

20. Improves post-operative healing

21. Improves energy, vigor, and strength

22. Helps with weight loss efforts

23. Improves the immune system

24. Helps you learn to live in the present

25. Feel an inner sense of assurance

26. Helps you to discover your purpose in life

27. Gain a deeper understanding of yourself and others

28. Experience a deeper level of spiritual relaxation

29. Feel a harmony of mind, body, and spirit

30. Keeps you real

31. Your mind will be faster and stronger

32. Reduces emotional distress

33. Improves your skin resistance to disease

34. Reduces the activity of viruses

35. Improved relationships at home and work

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36. Helps you see the “big picture” in any given situation

37. Increases emotional stability

38. Helps you develop your intuition

39. Increases your level of productivity

40. Your mind ages at a much slower rate

41. Increase your productivity

42. Increases your feelings of vitality and rejuvenation

43. Makes it easier to change bad habits

44. Increases your feelings of compassion

45. Experience spiritual growth

46. Gives you peace of mind

47. Teaches you to keep things in perspective

48. Provides you with a feeling of happiness, lightness

49. Increased self-actualization

50. Fewer feelings of aggression

51. Higher growth of intelligence

52. Decreases your chances of developing mental illness

53. Encourages more social behavior

54. Increases your capacity of intimate contact with loved ones

55. Teaches you to react more effectively to stressful events

56. Increases your sense of perception

57. Improved motor performance

58. Helps you resolve phobias and childhood fears

59. Increases your creativity

60. Improved focus and concentration

61. Improves your mood and behavior (Find out foods that ruin your good mood)

62. Learn to control your thoughts

63. Improves serotonin levels, making you feel good

64. Lowers cholesterol levels, which lowers cardiovascular disease

65. Reduces your need for medical care

66. Improves your respiration, which leads to easier breathing

67. Slows the aging process

68. Reduces sweating

69. Helps stop chronic headaches and migraines

70. Improves levels of DHEA

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71. Can prevent, control, or slow the pain of chronic diseases

72. Helps with smoking and alcohol cessation efforts

73. Improves job satisfaction

74. Improved communication between the two hemispheres of your brain

75. Teaches you to ignore petty issue and petty people

76. Improves your ability to solve complex problems

77. Teaches and develops your will power

78. Purifies your character

79.  Improved memory

80. Increases brain wave coherence

81. Improved learning ability

82. May help stop infertility (the stress of infertility sometimes interferes with hormones that regulate ovulation)

83. Helps you reach your ideal weight

84. Harmonizes the endocrine system

85. Relaxes the nervous system

86. Brings long term beneficial changes in the electrical activity in the brain

87. Improved athletic performance

88. More order in the functioning of the brain

89. Significant relief from asthma

90.  You will waste less energy

91. Encourages you to participate in sports or other physical activities

92. Increases exercise tolerance

93. Reduces or eliminates anxiety attacks

94. Decreases muscle tension

95. Reduces the need, as well as the dependency, on drugs, or other pharmaceuticals

96. Less need for sleep

97. Reduces road rage

98. Improved sense of responsibility

99. You will require less time to fall asleep

100. Less restlessness

101. Increased listening skills and empathy for others

 

SEE ALSO: Improve Your Immune System with the Power of Your Subconscious Mind

 

This is a good time to mention that the effects and benefits you can gain from meditation become apparent in relation to the time and effort of your meditation endeavors. In other words, meditating only occasionally will produce few benefits and slow development, while regular meditation, especially if you do so with the guidance of a Zen master (a teacher), will produce most, and even perhaps all of the above benefits, and more.