Does Meditation Work? Yes, and there is new research that shows meditation boosts your health, happiness, and success! I started meditating soon after 9/11. I was living in Manhattan, an already chaotic place, at an extremely chaotic time. I realized I had no control over my external environment. But the one place I did have a say over was my mind, through meditation. When I started meditating, I did not realize it would also make me healthier, happier, and more successful. Having witnessed the benefits, I devoted my PhD research at Stanford to studying the impact of meditation. I saw people from diverse backgrounds from college students to combat veterans.
* Increase happiness * Lower oxygen consumption * Improve sports performance * Rise above petty issues * Increase circulation and slow heart rate * Help with ADD and ADHD * Pain relief * Decrease cortisol levels * Increase creativity * Reach your ideal weight * Help with infertility * Increase your ability to learn * Allow you to sleep less (or more) * Reduce the need for medical care * Improve your memory * Reduce your blood pressure * Boost endorphins * Help with problem solving * Reduce chronic diseases * Lower cholesterol * Reduce eating disorders * Aid digestion * Breathe easier * Improve listening skills * Slow aging.
Myths About Meditation Having an empty mind—no, in fact, when you start meditating, you’ll find its quite the opposite Sitting in lotus position—no, you can sit on the couch (just don’t lie down, you’ll fall asleep) Sitting for an hour a day—no, small doses work just fine, (see here and – here) Chanting in a language I don’t understand—no, not unless you want to Buddhist, Hindu or religious—no, not unless you make it so Weird—what’s so weird about sitting and breathing? Besides, US congressmen, NFL football leagues and the US Marine Corps are doing it, how weird can it be? Wearing robes—what? “I can’t meditate” because I can’t clear my mind—no.
Meditation Gives You Persepective & Keeps You Real It gives you perspective By observing your mind, you realize you don’t have to be slave to it. You realize it throws tantrums, gets grumpy, jealous, happy and sad but that it doesn’t have to run you. Meditation is quite simply mental hygiene: clear out the junk, tune your talents, and get in touch with yourself. Think about it, you shower every day and clean your body, but have you ever showered your mind? As a consequence, you’ll feel more clear and see thing with greater perspective. “The quality of our life depends on the quality of our mind,” writes Sri Sri.