Meditation for Better Health

Meditation is part of most major religions around the world, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Islam and Judaism. Meditation is practice of training of mind to help induce another state of consciousness and also to bring mind to one pointedness. Meditation may be different in different religions, however the goal of meditation is mostly same in most religions, i.e. to gain spiritual realization and for better health (for example yoga is a type of meditation which is used mainly for better health).

These days, especially in Western countries there are millions of people who are active meditators and engaged in meditation mainly for better health (mental health as well as physical health) and without religious basis. Many meditation experts believe that meditation is an excellent health promotion tool, which is not difficult at all and can be gained without monetary involvement.

Meditation along with mindfulness in daily lifestyle can be useful in recovery from various mental and physical medical conditions as well as for balancing of life. There are numerous studies on the effect of mindfulness and meditation on mental health, especially on anxiety and depression. Many studies have shown clearly that meditation and mindfulness does really help in anxiety and depression. Researchers have cross-validated and allowed for cross-cultural comparisons, which further broadened the generalizability of the results of the studies.

It can be said confidently (as several scientific studies have shown) that it is possible to change the way brain works by regularly practicing mindfulness and meditation and positively impact our mental health.

Mindfulness and meditation can be learned by anyone (mental health patients as well as normal individuals) to develop clear thinking and open-heartedness, which are essential for good mental health.

Mindfulness and meditation requires no particular fitness level, age, sex, religious or cultural belief system, it only requires the desire and effort to practice regularly. We all should give mindfulness and meditation a try, at least for health benefits, if not for spiritual benefit.

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