The Many Benefits of Meditation: Scientific or Not

The Many Benefits of Meditation: Scientific or Not

There are many benefits to practicing meditation. Some of these benefits have been measured in scientific studies and others come from personal experience and are not as easy to measure. Have a look through the list.

The measurable benefits of meditation:

  1. Meditation boosts your health

  2. Increases immune function (See here and here)

  3. Decreases pain (see here)

  4. Decreases inflammation at the cellular level (See here and here and here)

  5. It boosts your happiness

  6. Increases positive emotion (here and here)

  7. Decreases depression (see here)

  8. Decreases anxiety (see here and here and here)

  9. Decreases stress (see here and  here)

  10. It boosts your social life

  11. Increases social connection & emotional intelligence (see here and here)

  12. Makes you more compassionate (see here and here)

  13. Makes you feel less lonely (see here)

  14. It boosts your self-control

  15. Improves your ability to regulate your emotions (see here)

  16. Improves your ability to introspect (see here & for why this is crucial see this post)

  17. It changes your brain 

  18. Increases grey matter (see here)

  19. Increases volume in areas related to emotion regulation, positive emotions & self-control (see here and here)

  20. Increases cortical thickness in areas related to paying attention (see here)

  21. It improves your productivity

  22. Increases your focus & attention (see here and here and here and here)

  23. Improves your ability to multitask (see here)

  24. Improves your memory (see here)

  25. Improves your ability to be creative & think outside the box (see research by J. Schooler)

  26. It makes you wiser

  27. The benefits increase the more you meditate (See here

Not so measurable benefits of meditation

The not so measurable benefits of meditation:

  • It creates a receptivity for perceiving spiritual presences

  • It opens a space, beyond the mind, for a greater part of your Self to shine through

  • It opens your perception of non-physical realities

  • It gives you a completely out-of-mind perspective on life and allows a higher wisdom to be in it’s place

  • It keeps you real and true to your Self

"The quality of our life depends on the quality of our mind,"

writes Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.


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