The Scientific Benefits Of Meditation

Many still view the art of meditation as something of a hippy pastime, only to be practised by people who lead unorthodox or unconventional lifestyles.

Others see meditation as a strange and foreign practice that’s only used by monks and priests in faraway countries and whilst it may be interesting, it surely doesn’t have any benefits in the material world which us westerners live.

This couldn’t be any more wrong.

The truth is that there’s an abundance of benefits to be enjoyed by those who delve into this often-misunderstood art form.

These aren’t just fanciful impressions derived from personal experiences either; serious, fact-based scientific study has proved how amazing meditation can be for you over recent years.

Read on to find out some of the benefits of this ancient art form, backed up by science.

Reduced stress

Are family issues keeping you on edge?

Do you feel overwhelmed by work life?

You might want to try meditation.

Studies prove that aside from significantly reducing stress over a period of three months, meditation reduces the density of brain tissue associated with anxiety and worrying.

What’s more conclusive than an actual physical change in the brain?

Enhanced immune system

Meditation is so powerful it can actually boost your body’s immune system, enabling you to stave off pesky colds and persistent illnesses.

The reason meditation can do this is because your immune system reacts to positive and negative thoughts and, through mindfulness, you can create a positive mental environment which will have a beneficial effect on your immune system.

Studies also show that meditation reduces the amount of pro-inflammatory genes in older adults, as well as a slowdown in the reduction of CD-4 cell count.

CD-4 cells are essentially the cells in your body which prevent a virus from propagating, so if you’re finding yourself under the weather more often than you’d like then meditation might be the cure you’re looking for.

Improved decisiveness

Millions of people around the world suffer from being indecisive about everything from important work-related choices to simple things such as where to go out to eat.

Meditation has been proven to quash indecisiveness thanks to its ability to enable us to make rational decisions and remove emotion from the equation.

People who meditate are proven to be able to better consider the present moment and clear their minds of other thoughts that may affect their choices, resulting in clearer, better-thought-out decisions for practitioners of this wonderful art form.

Stephen Coleclough

Stephen Coleclough is a leading international tax adviser who specialises in dealing with ultra high net worth individuals.

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