Meditation is practised widely throughout the world by millions of people for its many physical, emotional and spiritual benefits.
Regular meditation can greatly enhance health and well-being, having a calming effect on the nervous system, boosting immunity and promoting cardiovascular health.
Meditation allows the mind and body to rest, easing stress and anxiety, and helping helping to bring the body back into a balance state. Level of cortisol (our stress hormone) in the body can be reduced through meditation.
Meditation helps bring our brainwave pattern into a alpha state, which is a level of consciousness that promotes repair and healing. Meditation is also beneficial for calming and strengthening the mind, helping to improve concentration and lift mood by increasing the production of serotonin.
Meditation is also good for your heart, by slowing down your heart rate and breathing, normalising blood pressure levels and encouraging your body to use oxygen more effectively.
Immune health is also boosted through meditating regularly. Meditation can increase the activity of natural killer cells in the body that kill bacteria and cancer cells. Therefore meditation could reduce the risk of illness and chronic disease, such as cancer.
To reap the full health benefits of meditation has to offer, be consistent and try to meditate for 5-10 minutes every day.