Meditation’s Amazing Health Benefits and How to Gain Them
Meditation, sometimes called silent prayer, has many health benefits: physical, mental, and emotional. From stress reduction and healing, to peace of mind, a sense of well-being, love, joy, compassion, attracting people, circumstances and things, increasing creativity, being more productive, and reducing personal suffering.
In this post we will explore them further and how to get them, along with an explanation of how and why meditation works. My free book The Amazing Benefits of Meditation provides even more in-depth information about this subject.
Scientific Studies and Mindfulness Meditation
Mindfulness meditation is the tradition that has been used in the West for secular purposes, for the scientifically proven benefits it grants—including the easing of health issues, such “high blood pressure, depression, and anxiety”. Wikipedia has chronicled more than 3000 physical conditions that positively responds to meditation.
Joh Kabat-Zinn, founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program in the late ‘70s, has shown scientifically that his mindfulness practice increases the body’s ability to heal and includes a shift from a tendency to use the right prefrontal cortex instead of the left prefrontal cortex. This shift is associated with a trend away from depression and anxiety and towards happiness, relaxation, and emotional balance.
How Does Meditation Work to Improve the Human Condition?
This is fundamental question I ask in my first book, a free e-book you can request , The Many Amazing Benefits of Meditation, and which I wilI amplify on in my upcoming fifth book, Meditation for Health and Healing: Getting Better Day by Day, The question is an attempt to discern the principal behind meditations’ efficacy. A principal that we can apply to every situation– health, wealth, better performance, and other human concerns.
I think that meditation works because, as a problem solving tool, it interrupts the momentum that gets built up within our biomechanical ego/body/mind around some problem or issue. The problem begins for some reason. Who knows–genetic, environmental, karma, dysfunctional childhood and the pain associated thereto; whatever.
While the cause of physical conditions can be hard to pinpoint, they almost always occur due to multiple swirling causes. And when a condition starts it begins to loop, especially in our thoughts and feelings. The problem gets bigger, it causes the causes to amplify, and feeds on itself. Kind of like when I say to Alexa on my Amazon device about a song I am listening to, “Alexa, loop it”, and the song plays over and over.
The Loop Effect
I’ll bet everyone reading this message will recognize the loop effect. Somebody does something mean or thoughtless to us and we begin to wonder what’s going on. We try to figure it out and also begin to think of that person as a “_______” (fill in the blank). We go over and over the mean thing, and the person’s motivations, and we can’t get it out of our minds. The loop effect has begun.
We begin to weave a web of upset, negativity, judgment, accusation, and desire to get retribution. It begins to take on a life of its own. We tell those close to us about it. We speculate together. We may confront the perpetrator for his/her rude behavior. An argument might ensue. More mass is added to the situation and the momentum intensifies. The loop is hard to escape.
Meditation is therapeutic because it interrupts the momentum. Sitting in silence and withdrawing attention from the condition, interrupts the influence of the condition. If only for a moment. The condition goes into abeyance. If for only a moment.
In addition, if, as in Higher Consciousness Meditation, we, in moment of silence, experience our Soul Nature, Spirit will rush into the vacuum left by the suspension of the loop. Spirit, rushing in, is a healing agent, going to all corners of our human condition–including the alleviation of physical suffering.
Being Human Can Be Tough
Human conditions exist only on in the third dimension. They have no existence in 5-Dimensional Spiritual Reality. My diagnosed glaucoma is not a condition in my Soul. My existence as Soul is unaffected by the condition of my human eyes. They are really not real, except in my human eye’s biological condition.
My approach to doing healing work on my glaucoma has been to go to the doctor every six months to get my eye pressure checked, to meditate before I go and to use mindfulness exercise while I am there to interrupt the momentum of the visit’s compelling but illusory nature. So far, in 3 years, my eye pressure numbers have not increased and I am having no symptoms.
As I write this, I am realizing that the theory behind the medical treatment, the eyedrops and the eye vitamins I am receiving, is similar. They interrupt the momentum of the dis-ease, the condition of the biomechanical system that I occupy, to arrest or reverse the condition that has been diagnosed. Similar intervention as meditation.
In my case, I think both my meditation and the medication are helpful. That my Spiritual intervention adds to the medical effects. Each can amplify the effect of the other. This is why I do a meditation the morning before going to the doctor and why I take a brief mindfulness moment when I put in the eyedrops and swallow the vitamins, which I do every evening.
Withdrawing our attention from any condition withdraws the human energy from it, allowing Spiritual energy, which is always there (Omnipresence/Spirit Within) to be the predominant energy animating the moment. Realizing that human conditions are merely a part of the illusory, dreamlike nature of our ego/body/mind’s functioning renders those conditions powerless. If only for a moment. If those moments come more and more frequently, the conditions become less and less powerful.
Help is Right at Your Fingertips
A poor health condition, lack of financial resources, lack of viable and enlivening relationships, whatever, all are part of the same dreamlike nature of the human condition. And all will respond, or more accurately, recede, when the process of 1. acknowledging and experiencing our true nature as Eternal Beings is accomplished through meditation and 2. withdrawing our attention from the condition, also through meditation, is practiced, recognizing the condition has no real power over us other than the power we give it.
In addition, if as in Higher Consciousness Meditation, we, in that moment of silence, realize our 5-Dimensional Nature, realize that Spirit is the real life force that animates our human ego/body/mind, we can allow Spirit to rush into the vacuum left by withdrawal from the human condition. Spirit, rushing, is a healing agent, going to all corners of our human condition to elevate it into our Eternal Condition. And we become our true Eternal Beingnesses. If only for a moment.
And in the process, we achieve the greatest benefit—contacting our Soul and having an experience of our Higher Consciousness.
Meditation’s benefits are amazing, but many people don’t know that, for example, scientific research has shown that many diseases respond favorably to meditation. I have developed a meditation process that accelerates the benefits of traditional meditation in my new book Higher Consciousness Mediation. It amplifies regular meditation by encouraging contact with your Higher Self, or Soul.
Do you meditate? Do you have your own opinion of how/why it works? Leave a comment below.
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