Meditation involves mental exercises while comfortably lying or sitting down. Meditation focuses on a simple internal or external stimulus. This can be a word, one’s breathing pattern, or a visual object. In meditation, the person is physically still and has a much narrower focus of attention. Meditation has benefits that can have a positive effect on both your body and soul. Here are three ways meditating can benefit you.
Physical Benefits. Meditation helps you gain control of your physical tension by eliciting the calming response. The heart rate and respiration rate slow down. Blood pressure diminishes.
Reduce Stress. Over time, meditators tend to feel less daily anxiety, and tend to recover more quickly after highly anxious times.
Change Perspective. Learning the skills of meditation can increase your ability to control your fearful thinking. This teaches you new ways to respond to your automatic thoughts, emotions, and images. For example, a panic-prone person dwells on his worries and pays attention to fearful thoughts. He is controlled by these experiences, instead of being in control of them. Once you learn to meditate, you learn to step away from these experiences. Once you observe your thoughts, emotions, and images from the outside, you can learn to control them. To reduce your anxiety reaction and halt your negative thinking, you must be capable of stepping back from them far enough to put them into perspective.
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