In my last article, I mentioned that many benefits accrue to those who practice regular , meditation. In this one, I will be more specific. First, by "regular meditation", I mean approximately 20 minutes every day, give or take a few minutes, and without missing very many days. It's much like physical fitness, if you do it regularly, the benefits will come, not immediately but soon enough.
In my case, the benefits started showing up after about three weeks, which seems to be fairly typical. They manifested in four distinct ways that I recall, and there were probably others that I never recognized or can't recall. They were:
To expand a little from personal experience, I have been teaching people to meditate since the early 1990s. Some of my students have provided testimonials which can be seen on my website. Here is what some of them have reported:
These results are not at all exceptional and many people report them. As well, there are a great many more benefits that have been demonstrated and proven in laboratories. Here are just a few where improvements were reported from a list of over 50:
Ability to focus attention
Cordiality and good humour
Resistance to disease
As well, science has reported, that in addition to other areas, meditators have experienced reductions in alcohol use, anxiety, criminal activity, depression, excessive weight, high blood pressure, irritability, smoking, and use of prescription drugs.
The one potential benefit that may surpass all of the above, that mystics have been pitching for centuries, is that meditation increases consciousness, and increasing consciousness is how the human species evolves. More about that in my next article, but for now, the bottom line is that meditators look younger, are healthier, handle stress better, and enjoy life more.
Peter H. Dennis is a Author, Speaker, Hypnotist, Meditation Instructor and Nordic Pole Walking Instructor. As a Certified Consulting Hypnotist, Mr. Dennis draws upon his more than 40 years of Human Resources Management experience to help individuals in their careers, fitness, spirituality, relationships, health, and wealth.
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