Part 2 Of A Series On The Benefits of Meditation: How Meditation Is Amazing For Your Mental Health!
Meditation is amazing for your mental health as well as most other issues you have in life. In the first part of this series I defined Meditation and so I think it would not be overkill if I did so again. Meditation Definition – “Act of engaging in a practice to change your mental, emotional or physical state or to attain a heightened level of spiritual awareness.”
There are so many reasons for meditation however today’s Focus is Mental Health. Meditation affords improved health and wellbeing. This is now a scientifically proven fact. There have been many thousands of scientific studies and clinical trials on meditation. Meditation studies Harvard has carried out has endorsed the same resulting concept. Meta analyses of these studies has built a consensus on how meditation helps improve cognition
WHO, the World Health Organization, says “Stress is the health epidemic of 21st century.” It costs US businesses $300 billion per year; likely costs Canadian Businesses ~ $30 billion.
After caring out scientific studies on meditation in the school systems a meta-analysis of 24 studies of use of mindfulness at school showed interventions showed:
• Helpful overall with significant effects post intervention compared to control groups..
• Mindfulness activities, when delivered during late adolescence (15–18) had the largest effects on mental health and well-being outcomes.
• Effects on specific mindfulness and mental health outcomes differed according to whether the intervention was delivered by an outside facilitator compared to trained educators/teachers.
• These results suggest that individual differences and program characteristics can impact receptivity and effectiveness of mindfulness training.
Even prisons have seen positive results with their inmate population using Yoga and mindfulness programs .
Here are some of the results from a study on meditation benefits for these institutions:
• Small increase in their psychological well-being
• Small improvement in their behavioral functioning
• Significant difference in effect sizes for programs of longer duration and less intensity, compared with those that were shorter and more intensive, for psychological well-being.
• Programs of longer duration had a slightly larger positive effect on behavioral functioning compared with more intensive programs
• Overall, the evidence suggests that yoga and meditation have favorable effects on prisoners.
• Small but significant beneficial impact on depression, anxiety, well-being and mindfulness.
• The largest effect was found for stress, with a moderate effect size (g=0.51).
• Significantly higher effect sizes for guided online MBIs than for unguided online MBIs.
• Effect sizes for stress were significantly moderated by the number of intervention sessions.
• Findings indicate that online MBIs have potential to contribute to improving mental health outcomes, particularly stress. Limitations, directions for future research and practical implications are discussed.
US Agency for health research – Meditation programs, in particular mindfulness programs, reduce multiple negative dimensions of psychological stress.
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FACTS ABOUT MINDFULNESS
Over and above the spiritual benefits of meditation scientific studies have shown how meditation changes the brain and helps in the following ways:
• More sociable.
• Better memory.
• Increased clarity.
• Reduce depression.
• Improved attention.
• Builds self-confidence.
• Better decision-making.
• Enhanced mental focus.
• Increases serotonin levels, influences mood & behaviour
• Resolves phobias and fears
• Helps control own thoughts
• Helps with focus and concentration
• Increases creativity
• Increases brain wave coherence
• Improved learning ability & memory
• Increased feelings of vitality & rejuvenation
• Increased emotional stability
• Improved relationships
• Increases capacity for intimate contact with loved ones
• Decrease in potential mental illness
• Better more sociable behaviour
• Less aggressiveness
• Helps with addiction and quitting smoking drinking & drugs
• Reduces dependencies on drugs and pills and pharmaceuticals
• Need less sleep to recover from sleep depravation
• Helps with insomnia require less time to fall asleep
• What are benefits of meditation?
• How does meditation benefit you?
• Is it better to meditate in the morning or evening?
Join us on this episode of Unlocking Your Truth, Meditation Is Amazing For Your Mental Health, we not only discuss how to meditate but also provide you with a link to a free guided meditation for beginners.
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