Meditation is relaxation. It is not about concentration, it’s actually about de-concentration. It’s not about focusing one’s thoughts on one thing, but instead on becoming thoughtless. It works on many levels by contributing to our physical and mental well-being, by enhancing the immune system and by reducing the effects of stress. Meditation provides a deeper spiritual connection for many people and can have a significant effect on their personal growth and development.
With meditation, the physiology undergoes a change and every cell in the body is filled with more energy. This results in positive joy, peace, enthusiasm as the level of prana in the body increases. One important benefit of meditation is improved concentration, which is why many athletes and sports professionals practice it. There have been a number of studies conducted that concluded there is a direct correlation between concentration exercises such as meditation and significant increases in athletic performance.
Meditation brings the brainwave pattern into an alpha state that promotes healing. The mind becomes fresh, delicate and beautiful. It cleanses and nourishes you from within and calms you, whenever you feel overwhelmed, unstable, or emotionally shut down. Meditation for many people, also helps to improved sleep. Not only do they find it easier to get to sleep, but they also find that the quality of their sleep is better. This has a direct impact on stress levels, as people find it easier to cope with everyday stressors when well rested. It is often reported that meditation helps to put problems into perspective, which further decreases levels of anxiety and stress.
In our increasingly frenetic world, taking time out to practice meditation can provide you with an oasis of calm that sustains the rest of your day. When a mind is allowed to simply let go and just be, it often becomes more creative and more able to problem-solve. Meditation can also provide benefits far beyond those enjoyed by the individual. It can have a profound effect on society in general. This is one reason that some schools require 20-minute meditations for each student. Results have shown that students who do meditate become more calm and focused and can better cope with their studies.