Benefits Of Meditation For Individuals And For Society As A Whole

Benefits Of Meditation For Individuals And For Society As A Whole



How is​ Meditation​ Used Today?

People from all walks of​ life, in​ all the countries of​ the world belonging to​ all the possible religions, meditate for​ a​ wide variety of​ reasons. The same technique offers something different to​ each according to​ his needs and​ motives. Some of​ the motives for​ which people meditate today are:

1. to​ relax the body, mind and​ rejuvenate one’s flow of​ energy in​ order to​ more effectively face the responsibilities of​ one’s demanding and​ active life.

2. to​ heal illnesses (especially psychosomatic ones).

3. to​ overcome emotional problems.

4. to​ develop a​ more relaxed and​ positive view towards life.

5. to​ develop a​ peaceful and​ more clearly functioning mind.

6. for​ greater ability to​ penetrate into the core of​ problems and​ find inspirational solutions. this​ has been found especially useful by scientists and​ businessmen.

7. to​ tune into a​ creative inspirations for​ artistic expression.

8. for​ freeing oneself from addictions such as​ cigarettes, alcohol, narcotics and​ tranquilizers.

9. to​ purify one’s character.

10. to​ develop will-power.

11. as​ a​ method of​ self-observation​ and​ self-discovery.

12. to​ develop the latent powers of​ the mind.

13. to​ create a​ relationship with God.

14. to​ develop an​ inner relationship with the Divine.

15. for​ spiritual growth, self-knowledge or​ enlightenment.

16. to​ transcend the identification​ with the body and​ mind, and​ experience spiritual realities.

17. for​ the ecstasy of​ union​ with the Universal Spirit, which is​ the essential reality of​ the universe.

Scientific Research on​ the Effects of​ Meditation
on​ the Body and​ Personality

Numerous scientific experiments on​ people who meditate and​ similar control groups who do not meditate, have given repeatable results concerning the effects of​ meditation​ on​ a​ person’s body and​ personality.

Most of​ the following studies have been made on​ persons practicing Transcendental Meditation. (However, my personal opinion​ after 34 years of​ practicing various forms including T.M., is​ that most forms of​ meditation​ will give the same results)

1. DEEP PHYSIOLOGICAL REST is​ shown by a​ distinct drop in​ the metabolism rate, as​ measured by the oxygen consumption​ by an​ individual in​ meditation, waking activity, sleep and​ hypnosis.

2. Another indication​ of​ the deep rest is​ that the number of​ breaths needed to​ be taken each minute during meditation​ drops significantly.

3. Good news for​ those with heart problems is​ that meditation​ is​ also extremely restful and​ rejuvenating for​ the heart.

4. Another indication​ of​ the deep rest produced by meditation​ is​ the significant drop in​ the blood lactate level. The lower the lactate level the more rested and​ rejuvenated is​ the muscle tissue.

5. Tests show meditation’s deep calming effect through the decrease in​ skin​ conductivity.

6. Brain​ wave measurements during meditation​ show a​ higher incidence of​ alpha waves indicating a​ restful alertness. There is​ a​ sense of​ peace and​ yet a​ wakeful awareness in​ one’s environment.

7. Another scientific study showed that meditation​ induces greater communication​ and​ interaction​ between the two hemispheres of​ the brain.

8. Perhaps the best documented and​ well known effects of​ meditation​ concern its ability to​ reduce blood pressure in​ those with high blood pressure.

LONG TERM PHYSIOLOGICAL CHANGES

9. in​ the long run both the heart rate and​ breathing rate develop a​ slower pace as​ the body experiences less mental-emotional stress and​ learns to​ waste less energy. The body becomes more relaxed and​ more efficient.

10. Persons who meditate experience much more stable health. They have less illnesses in​ general in​ their lives.

LONG TERM PSYCHOLOGICAL CHANGES

11. Studies have also shown that those who meditate regularly react more quickly and​ more effectively to​ a​ stressful event.

12. Meditation​ also increases one’s perceptual ability and​ motor performance.

13. Studies on​ high school students showed that those who meditated had a​ higher «intelligence growth rate» than those who did not.

14. Memory recall is​ also enhanced by meditation.

15. Many psychological studies have been made in​ work environments concerning meditators and​ control groups of​ non-meditators.
Meditators had above average increases in
a. JOB SATISFACTION
b. PRODUCTIVITY,
c. Improvement in​ their relationships with coworkers
d. Improvement in​ their relationship with their supervisors.

16. a​ large number of​ psychological tests have been done on​ those who have been meditating for​ various periods of​ time. a​ test made on​ those who had been meditating for​ only two months in​ comparison​ to​ non-meditators produced the following results:
a. Meditators had greater inner-directedness than non​ meditators.
b. They measured higher self acceptance.
c. Greater spontaneity and​ creativity.
d. Greater self-esteem.
e. an​ increase in​ the capacity for​ intimate contact with loved ones.
f. Less anxiety .

17. Prisoners who stared meditation​ showed:
a. a​ marked decrease in​ mental illness.
b. Their behavior became more socially acceptable.
c. Less anxiety and​ less aggressiveness.
d. Became inclined to​ more positive activities such as​ sports, clubs and​ educational activities.

OTHER LONG TERM PHYSIOLOGICAL CHANGES

18. After 4 to​ 6 weeks of​ meditation, meditators with hypertension​ have found their blood pressure fall.

19. a​ group of​ meditators who had been suffering from bronchial asthma found significant relief.

20. Meditators checked for​ their consumption​ of​ cigarettes after starting to​ meditate showed marked decrease.

21. Meditation​ significantly reduces ones need for​ or​ dependency on​ tranquilizers. alcohol and​ or​ drugs.

22. Other tests made on​ meditators show that they need much less sleep to​ recover from sleep deprivation.

23. Meditators show significant decrease in​ the illness after starting meditation.

24. Meditators showed greatly increased ability to​ recover from psychosomatic illnesses.

25. Insomniacs who start meditation​ require much less time to​ fall asleep.

26. a​ study on​ athletes showed that, after starting to​ meditate, there was an​ improvement in​ their performance on​ various athletic events as​ well as​ their intelligence as​ measured by intelligence tests.

27. in​ one other study it​ was found that meditation​ has the tendency to​ normalize a​ person’s weight. That is​ if​ he is​ overweight, he tends to​ loose, and​ if​ he is​ underweight, he tends to​ gain.

SOME CONCLUSIONS
CONCERNING THESE RESEARCH STUDIES

The conclusion​ is​ obvious.

Meditation​ increases whatever is​ good and​ life supporting in​ a​ person.

It strengthens our immune system, harmonizes our endocrine system and​ relaxes our nervous system. it​ creates health and​ vitality.

on​ a​ mental level it​ develops inner peace, clarity, self-confidence, self-acceptance, creativity, productivity and​ eventually greater self-actualization.

It makes our work environment more satisfactory, improves our relationships with coworkers, supervisors and​ subordinates. it​ makes us more creative, more responsible and​ more productive.

on​ a​ spiritual level it​ puts us in​ contact with our inner voice, with our inner strength, with our inner spiritual wisdom and​ love.

Think now, what would happen if​ many people in​ our society meditated? How would it​ affect our society?

Think what would happen if​ you​ meditated daily.




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