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What is Meditation?

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Meditation isn’t about becoming a different person but a new person, or even a better person. It’s about training your mind and awareness of your surroundings and getting a healthy sense of perspective. You’re not trying to turn off your thoughts or feelings. You’re learning to observe them without judgment. And eventually, you may start to better understand them as well.

Ask anyone who has practiced meditation for years. When meditation becomes a habit, it transforms into a reliable source of peace and tranquility.

The Benefits of meditation

Reduces pain 

The brain has its very own natural pain-reducing chemicals called opioids. Many pain-relieving medications trigger this chemical to flood the brain. So meditation helps reduces pain in a natural way. 

Eases symptoms of anxiety & depression

Eases symptoms of anxiety and depression. By meditating it will help you have a better overall well-being. Stress and anxiety are major triggers of depression, and meditation can alter your reaction to those feelings. "Meditation trains the brain to achieve sustained focus, and to return to that focus when negative thinking, emotions, and physical sensations intrude — which happens a lot when you feel stressed and anxious," says Dr. John W. Denninger, director of research at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital.

Reduces stress

Its proven in studies that meditation reduces stress. Taking some time out to practice meditation will help you reflect on your day or week and release any negative energy you might have. It might even help you come up with solutions that are triggering stress in your week.

Enhances Self-Awareness

Some forms of meditation help you develop a stronger understanding of yourself which can help you grow into a better self. 

Can help reduce age-related memory loss

Meditating can help improve attention and clarity of thinking which also means it keeps your mind young.

May help fight bad and nasty addictions

The mental way you can use meditation is to help you break dependencies and it’s the result of increasing your self-control and awareness of triggers and addictive behaviours.