“The thing about meditation is you become more and more YOU.” – David Lynch

Meditation is an act of simply focusing your mind on complete awareness. During meditation, you can focus your mind upon a sound, a prayer an object or your breath or anything that will help you from getting distracted. Simple as it may sound meditation is not an easy task to start with and develop into a habit.

Meditation done properly even for short periods as a daily ritual can reduce stress and enhance spiritual growth. In spite of these benefits, people find it hard to get into the habit of meditation. This is because it is a tough deed to acquire as a habit especially in its initial stages. Moreover, these days people lack patience in trying out a process like meditation and they give up at an early stage.

Meditation increases your awareness to a higher level. We all think we are intelligent and smart – but we miss the boat of self-realization if we haven’t learned to meditate. Thus we miss a lot by truly being unaware of our real experiences. Meditation can give you clarity in your thinking and observations.

Meditation will teach your mind to get into a calm and peaceful state. If you can develop this process into a habit – then you can use your mind with minute focus whenever you have to contemplate upon a problem. The realization you achieve from your focus and observation of a problem will be real and clear. This will also help you find an appropriate and real solution to the problem with the same focus and clarity.

Meditation is beneficial for people who are overwhelmed by stress. It promotes well-being in healthy people. People who meditate regularly experience less anxiety and depression. Meditation helps you to enjoy and appreciate life. It can even help you to keep better social relationships.

According to Michael J. Baime in Essentials of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, meditation allows one to fully experience intense emotions without losing composure. The consequence of emotional balance is greater insight regarding one’s thoughts, feelings, and actions. Insight promotes confidence and awareness. Meditation also helps to have a greater sense of calmness, empathy, and acceptance of self and others.

Meditation allows one to fully experience intense emotions without losing composure.

Thirty-Years of research conducted by the National Institutes of Health on complementary or alternative medicine reviewed reports of individuals and health care providers and then concluded that meditation and related methods for the enhancement of relaxation are cost-effective ways to improve health and quality of life.

Meditation as such is considered a safe method for most people but it could have an adverse effect on some people. Evidence from various studies suggests that meditation may not be appropriate for people with psychotic disorders, major depression, or severe personality disorders.

According to some researchers, the relaxed and trance-like state of deep meditation characterizes a hypnotic trance. Hence, they say that like hypnosis, meditation may be contraindicated for people who have difficulty giving up control, such as people who are obsessive and compulsive. Meditation is therefore not advisable to people with such conditions.

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