10 Benefits Of Meditation On The Body, Mind And Soul

People have been meditating for thousands of years up until today. And its popularity is not slowing down at all. The reason it’s becoming more popular every day, is because thousands of studies keep discovering so many benefits that once you see them, you won’t be able to resist.

Today I will be sharing 10 benefits of meditation on the body, mind and soul which will definitely help you decide if meditation can help you to become a better version of yourself.

I’ve started meditating a year ago and I would never stop doing it now, because it’s a life changing habit. It feels as if I entered a different world. A fantasy world.

The spiritual journey is a never ending journey. It has a mystical feel to it and that mystical side of it is an amazing feeling that you will never want to lose once you get a taste of it.

And it’s no secret that many successful people meditate and they believe meditation takes a big part in their success. For example, two greatest basketball players practiced meditation to get in the zone – Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant.

Many other successful people meditate as well, for example: Steve Jobs, Jerry Seinfield, Jeff Weiner, Tony Robbins and the list goes on!

10 Benefits Of Meditation On The Body, Mind And Soul

Meditation is similar to working out. To build muscle, you have to constantly exercise. The same goes for your brain. If you want to improve your brain “muscles”, you have to exercise it as well. Meditation is the perfect way to exercise your brain!

It’s important to realize that meditation has nothing to do with religion. You don’t have to believe in anything at all. You’ll experience all the benefits no matter what your belief is.

Also, if you want to meditate but don’t know how to start, here’s a post that will help you with that: Meditation guide for beginners

So, let’s see all those sweet benefits of meditation and let’s start meditating, alright? Cool, glad we’re on the same page!

1. It Helps You Focus And Concentrate

We tend to multi-task a lot, do more than one thing at a time. Things like loud noises or visuals from something like a TV can create a habit of not giving enough attention to things.

Meditation itself requires you to stay focused. By meditating, you teach yourself how to focus and concentrate on one thing. For example, you might keep repeating a mantra in your head while meditating and you must not allow yourself to get lost in the endless stream of thoughts.

The mantra is the only thing that matters at that time and nothing else. With such laser focus on a mantra, you slowly develop a skill to focus and concentrate. Daily tasks become much easier because you won’t get distracted as much as before.

2. Do You Often Forget Things ? Meditation Improves Your Memory!

Quick to forget

Doesn’t matter if you want to remember some sort of significantly complex math equations and become the next Albert Einstein or you just simply want to remember when’s your best friend’s birthday, meditation will help you with those things!

While we meditate, our pathways in the brain are getting altered all the time and it is directly affecting our ability to memorize things. It makes us less forgetful, so you won’t need to worry about forgetting where you put your keys!

3. Want To Increase Your Intelligence ? Try Meditating!

I’m pretty sure you are already quite smart but nobody would give away a chance to increase their intelligence! Numerous studies all over the world have found evidence that benefits of meditation on the brain include increasing one’s IQ.

While meditating, your brain start moving to different brainwaves. These brainwave frequencies will slow your brain down. But don’t worry, a slower brain is good at this point! The brain starts to increase its learning capacity and plasticity. Basically it reorganizes itself. This way you strengthen control over the workings of the brain

You might think that even if it does increase intelligence, it’s probably very little and not worth the time. WRONG! Most of the studies reveal that people who meditate for a longer period show significant increase in their intelligence.

So your dream of becoming the next Albert Einstein might lie in meditation!

4. Get Rid Of Addictions And Bad Habits

Dependence Most of us are actually addicted to something. Whether it is cigarettes, alcohol, junk food, drugs and so on. We know it’s not good for us but we keep doing it. And when we try to get rid of these addictions and bad habits, we find it really challenging.

The reason meditation helps with getting rid of addictions, is because it stimulates and trains our brains to be happy and “naturally high”, without consuming any toxic substances like alcohol, cigarettes or any other drug which makes us feel good.

When you’re “naturally high”, you start thinking “why am I consuming those substances ?”, “it doesn’t make me happier”. You start seeing the bigger picture. If you’re feeling fantastic without taking any drugs, why take them ?

5. Feeling Stressed And Depressed ? I’ve Got A Solution For You

And the solution is: MEDITATION! I know, our modern day lives put a lot of stress and anxiety upon us. There’s so many things in our daily lives that make us stress a lot… Our jobs, schools, people, certain places, unhealthy lifestyles and the list could go on. All of these things can cause a lot of stress, anxiety and depression.

But the good news is, meditation saves the day again! The first thing I noticed when I started meditating, is control over my emotions. The more I got to know myself, the more I started to realize that I’m stressing too much for certain things.

I began to develop the ability to control my emotions. If I was in a situation where I felt stress or anxiety, I kept telling myself that it’s not worth it, that I can control it and erase the unwanted emotions.

This ability alone has made my life so much easier. I have reduced my stress and anxiety by a million percent!

Meditation provides you with the control over your emotions and I think this can be a life changer for everyone. Feeling sad ? You tell yourself “NOPE, I won’t allow my emotion to control me!”, and you become the one who controls the emotion. So say goodbye to depression and say hello to happiness.

6. Lack Of Creativity – NO MORE

CreativitySince we have lots of technologies that shows us a lot of visuals and requires less imagination, we tend to lose our creativity by the years. People spend hours watching TV and playing video games every day.

Barely anything requires creativity and imagination in our daily lives. Guess who saves the day once again ? You guessed it, meditation.

It all really comes down to all the other benefits of meditation on the body, mind and soul. Such as, control over your emotions. If you’re always sad and depressed, your brain is trying to fight these emotions and it leaves little space for imagination and creativity.

As well as addictions and bad habits. If you spend all day “flying high”, then you naturally won’t have a healthy lifestyle that would develop creativity. By clearing all the negative blockages in your brain with the help of meditation, you become much more creative person.

7. Enter The Zone!

There was a reason why I’ve mentioned Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant earlier. Have you ever felt super absorbed by some activity ? It’s like you’re in perfect harmony with the thing you’re currently doing.

Like nothing else around you matters, you’re focused on that one thing and nothing can distract you. It’s called the zone or some call it “flow”.

For example, think about basketball. How many times have you seen Kobe Bryant enter the zone ? Where he would become unstoppable, couldn’t miss, couldn’t get blocked and in the end, make the impossible buzzer beater to win the game.

He entered the zone multiple times in his career. It’s when you become absolutely in sync with the activity. It happens to all of us. But not too often.

During meditation, you’re practically entering the zone every time by staying calm, relaxed and very focused. By clearing all the negative blockages in your mind, it becomes much easier to enter the zone in your daily life.

8. Want To Lose Weight ? Go Ahead And Meditate!

Healthy foodIt’s no secret that those extra pounds didn’t magically appear on your body. It appeared because of unwise decisions to eat junk food.

The reason we make those unwise choices, is because in the heat of the moment we forget the feeling of guilt and regret that comes right after you eaten the unhealthy food. I know, that burger looks really good, especially when you’re hungry and it becomes hard to resist.

Benefits of meditation on the decision-making can help you lose weight. Your mind is always clear and focused, so your decision-making becomes much smarter.

You will always have that strong willpower and the ability to resist unhealthy behaviors such as eating junk food. Also, studies show that meditation satisfies your brain the same way as eating addictive food (in a healthy way), which further helps you to make smarter decisions when it comes to eating.

9. Reduce The Chance Of Getting Sick

People tend to forget about taking care of their bodies. It might be because a lot of things are happening in their life, it might be because they are lazy. But all this leads to poor immune system.

If you are not taking care of your body, then you will get sick quite a lot.

Studies show that meditation increases activity in the left side of our brain. This side acts as a command center for your whole immune system. Because of the increased activity in the left side, our immune system works more efficiently and produces more defense cells to protect our body from various sicknesses.

I used to get sick quite a lot. Once I started meditating, I haven’t been sick ever since!

10. It Leads You Towards Spiritual Enlightenment

10 Benefits of meditation on the body, mind and soulSince the beginning, the traditional goal of meditation is to reach spiritual enlightenment.

Basically, enlightenment means awakening. It’s Complete understanding of life and the whole universe. Complete awareness of everything that is. Living absolutely in the present moment.

It’s a very long process. It takes true dedication to achieve this form of awakening. To attain enlightenment, it’s said that you have to clear your mind of any conscious thought numerous times.

Never Ending Spiritual Journey

Once you start meditating and you get used to it, once you find it easy to meditate for 20+ minutes, you will find yourself on a never ending spiritual journey.

Meditation provides you with self-discovery. People think that they know themselves, how can one not know thyself ? Well, it takes your whole life to know yourself.

Once you start observing your thoughts and emotions, only then will you realize that you don’t really know yourself. Our brains are constantly changing because of our experiences and our thoughts.

When you’re on a spiritual journey, you will experience some mystical things along the way. The most important thing is to eliminate fear from your thoughts. Only this way you can progress at anything.

So, after reading these 10 benefits of meditation on the body, mind and soul, I hope you will start meditating TODAY!

 

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34 thoughts on “10 Benefits Of Meditation On The Body, Mind And Soul”

  1. Orion says:

    Hi Donny, Great post you have written here about the importance of meditation and how wonderful it can be.
    In today’s rushed lifestyle it is REALLY important to get this “tool” in your life.
    Do you have any meditation techniques that you would recommend?
    Would love to see some! Thanks for this!
    Cheers – Orion

    1. Donny says:

      If you’re looking for meditation techniques, I’ve just updated the post and added a link at the top. You should check it out if you want to start meditating but not really sure how to do it.

  2. GabrielGrey says:

    Hello, I hope you are doing great! This was an awesome write up and full of great info!!

    It surprises me how many people do not know about meditation and the effects that it can have. In today’s rushed society meditation is something that most people could benefit from greatly!

    Take care,
    Gabriel

    1. Donny says:

      That is true, a lot of people could benefit from meditation quite a lot. It’s not as popular as it should be, but hopefully in the future, everyone will know about it!

  3. Marques Pizarro says:

    This is amazing! I have recently started meditating because of your previous posts, but knowing why meditating helps is spectacular! I never knew meditating will enhance memory, as well as increase creativity. Also, I feel more focused and present, and that helps when I’m listening to others. I’m coming back to more posts like these!

    1. Donny says:

      I’m glad you have decided to start meditating! It’s crazy how many benefits meditation provides, right? When I first found out about all the benefits, I just couldn’t resist, because it’s just too good to let it pass away!

  4. Win Bill says:

    I have been practicing meditation since I was a teenager. Back then, I started because I was always stressed out because everybody called me stupid and useless. After practicing a lot, I eventually relaxed just entered my own “world” which is similar to what you mean by “zone”. I now have a family and a daughter which can also make me lose focus. I haven’t done meditation too much recently. I should do it again. It really helps smooths out the bumps in life. Thanks for the advice. By the way, if I meditate for 5 minutes a day, do you think that still helps?

    1. Donny says:

      Definitely pick it up again if you have done it before, because you already know how amazing it is! Of course, 5 minutes of meditation is better than 0 minutes of meditation. Even though it’s not much, but it will still help you clear your mind and relax a bit.

  5. Mat A. says:

    Hi Donny,
    Great article on the benefits of meditation, appreciate you sharing your knowledge with us. I had no idea it had so many far reaching positive effects! I had no idea meditating could you help you lose weight, that’s a totally new benefit I never thought of. The creativity perk is one that I’ve known to be a great side effect.
    I don’t mediate as often as I probably should but I do go through periods where I will mediate probably 3-4 times a week, especially in the evenings. I have found that it does a great job relaxing me and really getting me to a great “head” space. I’ll look to incorporate mediating into my regular cycle as we head into 2018. Thanks again for sharing,
    Mat A.

    1. Donny says:

      Oh, meditation has hundreds of benefits actually. Even up until today, new discoveries are being made and new benefits are found. It’s a good idea to make mediation your daily habit. I meditate twice a day. When I wake up and when I go to sleep. 

      It really does a great job at relaxing. My mind is always fresh and it’s easy to focus on any task I want to complete. It makes me much more productive! Hopefully you can make this a daily habit by 2018 🙂 

  6. Kent says:

    Greetings! Thanks for posting such an interesting article. It’s actually quite fortuitous that I found it because I have recently been reading more about meditation and its benefits. What you said is so true. There is no denying that more and more studies are able to show the benefits of meditation using not only subjective parameters, but objective parameters as well. In fact, I came across a study involving Tibetan monks that suggested that meditation in the long-term can decrease the rate of telomere shortening! This is truly fascinating because telomere shortening is the very mechanism by which our cells age (senescence). Thanks again for sharing.

    1. Donny says:

      It’s quite amazing how many scientific discoveries are being made even up until today about meditation although it has been used for thousands of years!

      I haven’t heard of this discovery, but it sounds fascinating! It almost feels as if we will never really know all the secrets of meditation and what it can do to your mind, body and soul! 

  7. jeffrey16201 says:

    Awesome article on mediation, I have been using mediation for several years and it has changed my life in a positive way.

    You can achieve all your goals by using mediation to slow down and make better decisions, I recommend everyone consider adding meditation to their daily routine and it has even helped me sleep much better which many people need better sleep

    1. Donny says:

      Indeed, meditation helps with goals, because you become much more focused and dedicated towards them. When I made meditation my daily habit, I also noticed that my sleep quality increased quite a lot! 

      Simply, there’s so many benefits from meditation, that I would never stop doing it!

  8. Sharon says:

    I have read a lot about meditating and all its benefits but never get into doing it.
    One of the benefits you’ve mentioned here that I wasn’t aware was to improve creativity. Your explanation is very true indeed. Hours watching TV and in video games can affect our creativity.
    Thanks for sharing these benefits and you’ve given me something to think about – Learn meditating.

    1. Donny says:

      We need to do more activities that can develop creativity. Meditation is the perfect activity that promotes you to become more creative!

  9. Ciara says:

    Meditation has countless benefits for the mind, body, and soul! I know that when I’m stressed out that meditating is the last thing I want to do, but I force myself to do it to slow down my mind and resist getting sick. I like to meditate to relaxing music. I find it helps me get into the zone. What is your favorite place to meditate?

    1. Donny says:

      I also enjoy meditating to relaxing music. My favorite place to meditate is my home. I turn of all the lights so my room would be dark, because nothing distracts me then!

  10. Tom says:

    Wow! I knew meditation was meant to be good for you, but I never imagined it could be this good! You mention some interesting points about it being able to influence your physical wellbeing which is something I never would have associated with meditation.

    I am definitely interested in giving it a go. Even if I were able to see just one of these benefits then it would be worth it.
    Do you have any recommended reading on where to start?

    Tom

    1. Donny says:

      When I first started meditating, I was also surprised that it has so many benefits and since I’m always looking to become the greatest version of myself, I was instantly hooked by it! 

      I will be writing new articles about meditation and how to do it so stay in tuned 🙂

  11. MichelleAH says:

    What a great reminder of the many practical benefits of meditating! It is so easy to wander away from it because I am too busy or in a good place and “don’t need it.” Then slowly it creeps in: the edginess, reaching for candy or coffee, assuming the worst in every situation. An ounce of meditation is worth a pound of cure!

    1. Donny says:

      Indeed it’s easy to just tell yourself you don’t need it but when there are so many benefits, I think everyone can benefit from it and find peace in their mind with meditation.

  12. stefanie says:

    Wow, this is fantastic. I too meditate every day now and it has totally changed my life. In fact, I would never be able to do everything I fit into my life right now if it wasn’t for meditation. You are right about all those things on the list as I have experienced most of them, and I was especially interested in the part about weight loss. Yes, meditation is a journey, and I have a few times felt glimpses of ‘enlightenment’; this is all I can call it and it was fleeting, but when it happens it changes everything you ever though about yourself and the world. Awesome!

    1. Donny says:

      Meditation is definitely a life changing habit! It helps dealing with all daily problems. Awesome indeed!

  13. Melo Ann says:

    I enjoyed reading about the benefits of meditation. I was wondering are there more ways to meditate than sitting crossed legged and trying to clear your mind? Often I have found walking or swimming to be quite meditative. You mention athletes who are able to go into the zone. Is it that they have single minded focus on a visualization of their success? Please post an article on different methods of meditation. I would love to read that.

    1. Donny says:

      Yes, meditation is possible even while walking. You can also meditate while laying in your bed, but it’s pretty easy to fall asleep this way.

      Indeed, the best athletes have laser focus on visualizing their success before it even happens. It’s an important skill to have if you want to become successful.

      I will definitely post more about meditation.

  14. Tatia Schmidt says:

    Great article! I meditate every day but you actually showed me a few new benefits. As I get older I find it more necessary every day to meditate. Number 2 is me to an absolute T. Thanks

    1. Donny says:

      Glad you found some new benefits! Yes with each year passing by, we need to take care of our bodies much more than before.

  15. Soby says:

    Hi there, thank you for this article – clear and to the point. I can also talk about benefits of meditation for hours! It is such an amazing way to improve your whole life! I’m an artist, and I used to feel so depressed during the lack of inspiration periods of life. And meditation became the cure for me. The endless source of ideas and creativity! And no more stress and depression. Self-awareness is the key to anything!

    1. Donny says:

      meditation is the cure to a lot of things! Lots of people don’t realize how many wonderful benefits meditation has and how can it improve their life. I’m glad you’ve experienced these benefits.

  16. Toccino says:

    A very good article! I’ve always considered whether or not to meditate, and this article has given me a very clear answer. I never knew all these benefits were associated with it either! Sometimes I forget things or I get overworked and need to let loose. I will certainly try meditating to see if it will rid me of my problems. Thank you so much!

    1. Donny says:

      It will definitely help you out with your problems. Just try relaxing and focusing on a word/mantra whe you start meditating. Or you can also visualize a candle light and focus on that. It’s really hard to focus on it at first, but it gets easier and easier as it becomes your habit!

  17. Dom says:

    Hey Donny,

    I enjoyed reading this article about meditation. I think one of the most important things you listed is the part about the journey being never-ending.

    Although there a tons of different types of meditation I find that mindfulness is especially helpful. One thing that takes some getting used to is being almost too self-aware at times.

    Like you said, once you take the leap and start the journey it truly does take you down a different path altogether.

    Thanks,
    Dom

    1. Donny says:

      Yes, self-exploration never really ends. There’s always something new to learn about yourself everyday!

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