Mindfulness meditation (MM) has become a foundation for my therapeutic work due to its multitude of physical and mental health benefits. MM helps integrate our mind and body so our healing can be holistic. From professional experience, I have seen individuals create meaningful change quickly in their lives due to the benefits of MM. Listed below are some of the scientifically proven mental and physical benefits of MM.
Improves Your Physical Health
- Increases immune function
- Decreases pain
- Decreases cellular inflammation
- Increases the grey matter in you brain, which improves emotional regulation, emotional stability, and increases mindfulness
- Increases cortical thickness in areas related to age related cognitive declines
Improves Your Mental Health
- Increases positive emotion
- Improves depression
- Improves anxiety
- Reduces stress
- Improves emotional regulation
- Increases self-awareness
- Improves focus and attention
- Improves memory
- Increases creativity
- Increases emotional intelligence and social connection
- Strengthens compassion
- Reduces loneliness
There are myths about meditation, which may prevent us from developing a practice. Here are some of the most common:
I can't empty my mind.
It's actually quite the opposite. Our mind is full thoughts, feelings, and sensations. Meditation is an opportunity to work with our minds.
I can't sit cross-legged.
You can sit in any position and on any surface to meditate. There are poses that help retain our posture and comfort, but there is no "right way" to sit.
I don't have time.
Take a moment right now to take a full, deep in-breath, and slowly let it go through pursed lips. How did that make you feel? Sometimes we need to find the right practice that works for you. A meditation coach can help you discover the right time, place, and practice that is right for you. You can benefit from MM even if you only have a few minutes each day.
Chanting in a language I don't understand.
If you do not want to chant, you don't have to! This practice is about you.
This is a Buddhist or Hindu practice.
Buddhism and Hinduism are specific religions that practice meditation, and meditation is not necessarily or solely a religious practice.