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Upbeat Spiritual Living: Why Meditate?

October 21, 2017

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Why meditate? Aside from a general idea that meditation may relax you, there are profound health, social, and spiritual benefits from practicing some form of meditation. In the English language, there have been over 800 studies of the health effects of meditation, mostly since the 1970’s.  A survey study of these studies in 2007 concluded these studies were generally not strong in methodology.  Still, the enthusiasm for observing and trying to prove the benefits of meditation was strong.

 

As mentioned in the previous article, Benson began his studies of meditation effects when he was invited to observe a group of Transcendental Meditation (TM) practitioners.  They had observed that their formerly high blood pressure had become reduced with TM practice.  They were hoping for medical studies to document such effects.  This beginning led to a career direction for Benson, resulting in his leading key medical body-mind health programs, and much more research on the potentials of meditation methods.  Two examples of these are:

 

  • A 1989 study by Lipsey et al, published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, examined the differential effects of relaxation methods. The study found that most methods were about equal in effectiveness, except meditation, which was far more effective.  In addition, meditation methods that required concentration were the least relaxing among the meditation methods.

 

  • A 1997 study by MacLean et al, published in the journal, Psychoneuroendocrinology, looked at health benefits of TM.  The study focused on people who began meditating with TM and continued for 4 months.  The researchers concluded “that repeated practice of the TM technique reverses effects of chronic stress significant for health.”

 

Ask anyone who has practiced meditation for a few months to a few years, and you will hear enthusiastic reports of relaxation, plus health and relationship benefits.  Comments on positive meditation experiences include :

 

  • Relaxation
  • Less urgency
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Lower galvanic skin resistance (GSR)
  • Balancing of health issues
  • Better digestion
  • Clarity of mental processes, less “monkey chatter”
  • Better memory
  • More creativity
  • Greater productivity
  • Detachment from invitations to get stressed
  • Peacefulness
  • Increased intuition
  • Increase in Divine guidance

 

So why meditate?  For your health, well-being, better relationships, and being closer with the Divine.  Are you in?  And that’s Upbeat Spiritual Livingsm!

Next time: Connecting With the Divine.

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  • Kebba Buckley Button is an ordained minister whose passion is helping people find their Peace Within. She is also a stress management expert with a natural healing practice.. She is the author of the award-winning book, Discover The Secret Energized You, available on Amazon, plus Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine, available through her office.  Her newest book is Inspirations for Peace Within: Quotes and Images to Uplift and Inspire.  It is available on Amazon in full-color glossy format.  For the full-color PDF versions, contact the office.
  • For an appointment or to ask Kebba to speak for your group: calendar@kebba.com .
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7 Comments leave one →
  1. October 21, 2017 6:54 PM

    That is a great list of benefits! I can’t remember specifically what makes TM different but it sounds like research has really supported its benefits.

    • October 21, 2017 7:17 PM

      Jeanine, yes! TM is a mantra meditation form, and each person gets a specific mantra to always use. I started with TM and practiced 20 minutes, twice a day, for 2 years straight. I got profound benefits. (I should write about those, eh?) I sent you an email at your FairyCoach email but it has come back. I will try again at your healerintuitive email. Thanks so much for visiting and commenting!

      • October 21, 2017 9:26 PM

        WOW!! That is commitment. So, 20 minutes, twice a day, and you focus on a mantra? Was it hard to do? I still struggle to meditate for five minutes, LOL! Yes, the healer… email is the best one.

      • October 23, 2017 8:51 PM

        Jeanine, I so appreciate your tracking with me during this challenge. I am truly rebooting my spiritual blog after nearly a year of family business that prevented my writing. Yes, the 20 minutes twice a day was a real commitment, but it was transformative; it was hard but worth it. I guess it was my experiment–I wanted to see what the practice could do for me. It was amazingly relaxing and centering, and I developed a space between myself and others’ neuroses: I saw their upset and conflict but had no emotional reaction to it. How nice!

  2. October 21, 2017 7:15 PM

    What a great list Kebba, I find meditation has so many benefits. Thanks for sharing.

  3. amybovai permalink
    October 21, 2017 9:47 PM

    Hi Kebba,
    I am part of the UBC this year and I remember you from last year! I didn’t know you were an author! How wonderful. So am I. I am a mamoir writer and have written two books about mobility training with a humorous twist. 🙂 I have done a little meditation and yoga this year and enjoyed it. Thank you for your post.
    Amy

    • October 23, 2017 8:58 PM

      Amy, greetings! Yes, I remember you from at least one previous UBC. Yes, I am an author of 3 books and a number of minor publications. Always trying to help people be uplifted. How cool you are also an author! And how wonderful you have been doing a little meditation and yoga. Both are so powerful. Any little bit you can do will center you and power you up at the same time. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!

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