Benefits of Meditation

Benefits of meditation

What is meditation, how to meditate

 

As we have said, the biggest benefit of meditation is the state of inner peace and joy one feels when meditating. But apart from that, or better say as a result of that, meditation has positive effects in every aspect of our life.

Inner balance

One of the most basic effects of meditation is the balance that it brings to our daily life. Due to this balance, whatever work one is doing one will do it better and with less effort. As a result, one becomes successful at work and this success comes not because of working more or harder but due to doing everything in a more balanced way. Those who meditate regularly enjoy whatever work they do and thus become successful without getting tired. Our family and social relationships also improve because those who practice meditation prefer to look into themselves rather than finding faults with others. Moreover, such a person approaches others in a more positive way and prefers to help people rather than to argue with them.

As meditation helps all the chakras to open and get cleansed, they start to manifest their real qualities. As a result, one becomes innocent, creative, generous, fearless, full of love and forgiving. We all know very well that everyone needs these qualities, however, they cannot be developed by preaching or reading various books. Chakra cleansing is a real process that should take place inside ourselves. And that is exactly what happens during meditation. This cleansing job is done by the Kundalini energy, which rises to the seventh chakra – Sahasrara when one is meditating. When the Kundalini crosses the sixth chakra – Agnya, one reaches beyond the level of thoughts and stays in meditation, which is a state of thoughtless awareness. You can experience this state right now in front of your computer by trying the Realization Meditation or you can visit free sessions in one of the Sahaja Yoga centers.

Is meditation good for health?

The most obvious but important effect of meditation is health improvement. But, although it is quite easy to improve the physical wellness due to meditation, meditation is not a healing technique nor a kind of alternative medicine. Everything is in fact very simple: to be healthy one has to lead a healthy life. But “healthy life” doesn't mean just proper physical conditions, it actually includes everything that helps us keep our chakras clean. And that is exactly what is achieved by meditation. As soon as the chakras get cleansed they can provide sufficient energy to the organs they look after. As a result, the organs become healthy and one gets rid of ailments. Quite often just in several months people get cured of illnesses that are supposed to be incurable. In fact, there is nothing miraculous about that: as we improve ourselves with meditation and introspection (which are the two basic approaches in Sahaja Yoga), we get rid of our inner enemies like greed, lust, anger, etc. In terms of chakras that means that the chakras get cleansed. As a result, one becomes healthy physically, mentally and emotionally. You can click to read more on the health benefits of meditation.

Founder of Sahaja Yoga Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi on meditation

“One day all of you should become like that – just meditative. And this meditative temperament, or whatever, is the state [which] emits vibrations. It emits and creates a path for you, for your work, for your life, for everything. You don’t have to struggle with anyone, you don’t have to fight with anyone, you don’t have to argue with anyone. Just try to meditate and achieve a state which I am describing to you, where you get completely surrounded by love and affection.”

“Meditation is for you to go deep down into yourself, to achieve all that your Sahasrara wants to give you, to achieve that height of detachment, of understanding. It’s only through meditation. So, what happens in meditation is that your awareness crosses over Agnya, goes above and it’s now stationed in the Sahasrara, in thoughtless awareness. Then the reality of Sahasrara, the beauty of Sahasrara starts pouring in your own character, in your own temperament. Unless and until you meditate – not meditate just to get well or just to feel that, “I must meditate” – but meditation is very important for all of you, that you develop your Sahasrara in such a manner that you imbibe the beauty of your Sahasrara.”

Scientific research of the benefits of meditation

As an example proof of the beneficial effects of meditation below you can see the results of a research done in mid 90s by the Institute of Occupational Health in Kyiv. More results of scientific studies of the benefits of meditation can be found on the Scientific Research page.

Table 1. Changes of negative aspects of personality as a result of Sahaja Yoga meditation

Table 1. Changes of negative aspects of personality as a result of Sahaja Yoga meditation

 

Table 2. Changes of positive aspects of personality as a result of Sahaja Yoga meditation

Table 2. Changes of positive aspects of personality as a result of Sahaja Yoga meditation

 

Fig. 1. Habitual addictions of meditators vs. non-meditating

Fig. 1. Habitual addictions of meditators vs. non-meditating

 

Fig.2. Health improvement as a result of practicing Sahaja Yoga meditation

Fig.2. Health improvement as a result of practicing Sahaja Yoga meditation

 

Fig. 3. Changes of astheno-neurotic symptoms (like irritability, sleep disturbance, sudden changes in emotional state and mood, etc.) in Sahaja Yoga meditation practitioners

Fig. 3. Changes of astheno-neurotic symptoms in Sahaja Yoga meditation practitioners

 

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