Thursday, February 10, 2011

100 Benefits of Meditation

Physiological benefits:
  1. It lowers oxygen consumption.

  2. It decreases respiratory rate.

  3. It increases blood flow and slows the heart rate.

  4. Increases exercise tolerance.

  5. Leads to a deeper level of physical relaxation.

  6. Good for people with high blood pressure.

  7. Reduces anxiety attacks by lowering the levels of blood lactate.

  8. Decreases muscle tension.

  9. Helps in chronic diseases like allergies, arthritis etc.

  10. Reduces Pre-menstrual Syndrome symptoms.

  11. Helps in post-operative healing.

  12. Enhances the immune system.

  13. Reduces activity of viruses and emotional distress.

  14. Enhances energy, strength and vigour.

  15. Helps with weight loss.

  16. Reduction of free radicals, less tissue damage.

  17. Higher skin resistance.

  18. Drop in cholesterol levels, lowers risk of cardiovascular disease

  19. Improved flow of air to the lungs resulting in easier breathing.

  20. Decreases the aging process.

  21. Higher levels of DHEAS (Dehydroepiandrosterone).

  22. Prevented, slowed or controlled pain of chronic diseases.

  23. Makes you sweat less.

  24. Cure headaches & migraines.

  25. Greater Orderliness of Brain Functioning.

  26. Reduced Need for Medical Care.

  27. Less energy wasted.

  28. More inclined to sports, activities.

  29. Significant relief from asthma.

  30. Improved performance in athletic events.

  31. Normalizes to your ideal weight.

  32. Harmonizes our endocrine system.

  33. Relaxes our nervous system.

  34. Produce lasting beneficial changes in brain electrical activity.

  35. Helps cure infertility (the stresses of infertility can interfere with the release of hormones that regulate ovulation).

  36. Psychological benefits:

  37. Builds self-confidence.

  38. Increases serotonin level, influences mood and behaviour.

  39. Resolve phobias & fears.

  40. Helps control own thoughts.

  41. Helps with focus & concentration.

  42. Increase creativity.

  43. Increased brain wave coherence.

  44. Improved learning ability and memory.

  45. Increased feelings of vitality and rejuvenation.

  46. Increased emotional stability.

  47. Improved relationships.

  48. Mind ages at slower rate.

  49. Easier to remove bad habits.

  50. Develops intuition.

  51. Increased Productivity.

  52. Improved relations at home & at work.

  53. Able to see the larger picture in a given situation.

  54. Helps ignore petty issues.

  55. Increased ability to solve complex problems.

  56. Purifies your character.

  57. Develop will power.

  58. Greater communication between the two brain hemispheres.

  59. Respond more quickly and more effectively to a stressful event.

  60. Increases one’s perceptual ability and motor performance.

  61. Higher intelligence growth rate.

  62. Increased job satisfaction.

  63. Increase in the capacity for intimate contact with loved ones.

  64. Decrease in potential mental illness.

  65. Better, more sociable behaviour.

  66. Less aggressiveness.

  67. Helps in quitting smoking, alcohol addiction.

  68. Reduces need and dependency on drugs, pills & pharmaceuticals.

  69. Need less sleep to recover from sleep deprivation.

  70. Require less time to fall asleep, helps cure insomnia.

  71. Increases sense of responsibility.

  72. Reduces road rage.

  73. Decrease in restless thinking.

  74. Decreased tendency to worry.

  75. Increases listening skills and empathy.

  76. Helps make more accurate judgments.

  77. Greater tolerance.

  78. Gives composure to act in considered & constructive ways.

  79. Grows a stable, more balanced personality.

  80. Develops emotional maturity

    Spiritual benefits:

  81. Helps keep things in perspective

  82. Provides peace of mind, happiness

  83. Helps you discover your purpose in life.

  84. Increased self-actualization.

  85. Increased compassion.

  86. Growing wisdom.

  87. Deeper understanding of yourself and others.

  88. Brings body, mind, and spirit in harmony.

  89. Deeper Level of spiritual relaxation.

  90. Increased acceptance of one self.

  91. Helps learn forgiveness.

  92. Changes attitude toward life.

  93. Creates a deeper relationship with your God.

  94. Increases the synchronicity in your life.

  95. Greater inner-directedness.

  96. Helps living in the present moment.

  97. Creates a widening, deepening capacity for love.

  98. Discovery of the power and consciousness beyond the ego.

  99. Experience an inner sense of “Assurance or Knowingness”.

  100. Experience a sense of “Oneness”.

  101. Leads to enlightenment

To top it off, meditation has NO negative side effects

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Chasing Away the Darkness

Sometimes in weekends/weekdays we try to get up late in the morning and start sleeping again... Saying I'll relax little more it gives me more energy. But the moment we get up we realize it's late in the day and there are lot of things in TO_DO list (These thoughts keep ringing in your mind and we start chasing them relentlessly) Our day is filled with RACE against time in getting things done from TO-DO List and we never really relax and rejuvenate yourself.

In Contrast to this let's now recollect memories from our past where we were at our Best (Might be early days in your life like career or college etc...) where we waited for morning to arise and wished that time never passes of fast. It was as if every moment was filled with new experience, dream, and vision for life. Present Moment was really PRESENT(Gift) and we longed to experience it more and more so we never had time for ordinary things or laziness.

What's difference between both these phases of life? Give a moment for your-self to really think in this direction. "Happiness is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal, or goal."- Earl Nightingale

You only feel happy when you are making progress, step-by step, toward something that is important to you. Hope that gives some hints to difference to both phases of life! In earlier part of life when we were at best knowingly or unknowingly we used explore ourselves to discover who we are? What we want? What creative and special things we can do? But as time passes we forget explore ourselves and discover what we really want. We pretend to sleep to changing situations by convincing ourselves that this is the way of LIFE.

Similarly let's now think from entire Human civilization perspective, advanced scientifically but yet there are many major problems which Humans as a society are facing. Though books and documentaries (like "Eleventh hour "etc...) by many eminent scientists are showcasing them and giving clear warning we are yet responding with same habit we developed( let me sleep little more and then chase my own personal To-do list). A response which most of us give when questioned like above is "What can we do about it?" Is there anything we can do to chase away this Darkness? Is it possible to even dream such transformation? How can it be possible?

Transformation is possible when Human beings collectively realize worthy ideal, or goal. But we need to open up come out sleep to make it possible. GOD the Ocean of knowledge and Purifier of elements can give us such a hope and vision which Chases away the darkness of entire human civilization and makes them symbol of excellence and elevated CHARACTER ( Divine) again". He descends on earth when Humans are lost is darkness of ignorance and gives us a new ray of Hope by giving us:

  1. Knowledge(Light ) : A positive ray of hope in darkness through true knowledge of who we are.
  2. Might (Power): To overcome obstacles and become our true self elevated again.
  3. Divine Insight: Understanding of past, present and future of Self & Human society to direct us.

Shivratri is celebrated in India in remembrance of this God's descent and transformation he bestows on us. Let's celebrate this Shivjayanti with true LIGHT, MIGHT and Divine Insights.