Meditation has many benefits, especially from an emotional point of view. In this way, we can better get in touch with our emotions and become aware of the real needs of the body.
Of course, in order to enjoy all of the meditation’s benefits, it’s important to practice it regularly and, above all, consciously. At first, any meditation technique may seem difficult to us, especially if we are accustomed to a fast pace of life. In fact, one of the most important roles of meditation is to “anchor” ourselves in the present moment.
Meditation is the gradual soothing of the mind until we reach the source of thought. This is a practice by which the individual trains his mind to enter a state of consciousness, a state in which there is nothing left but consciousness, that intuition about one’s own existence.
During meditation, the focus is on the thinking itself, without getting caught up in the thoughts. You become a simple observer of your mind, thoughts, and feelings.
But specifically, how does meditation work? What are the emotional benefits of meditation?
Overall benefits of meditation over our health
Meditation, in addition to the mental effects, has physiological effects which improve blood pressure, slow down and maintain the heart rate, strengthen the immune system and produce even changes at a cellular level which may slow down the aging process.
Stress hormones are reduced, and those who “work” on immune functions are favored.
Also, from an emotional point of view, meditation brings balance which leads to restful sleep, enhanced intuition, creativity, and a better understanding of our needs and conscious choices.
The first benefit of meditation from an emotional point of view is the increase in awareness and a more careful analysis of emotions
When we meditate, we connect to our emotional needs, including those that are repressed or neglected for a long time, because we have not given ourselves time to look within ourselves.
Let’s think, for example, of the busy weeks in which we have to work on all kinds of personal and professional projects. Because we want to tick off the list and get the best out of it, we tend to pay less attention to what’s going on inside us and focus on what’s going on outside.
Meditation sessions at the end of such periods turn into an opportunity to (re) connect with ourselves and “put under a magnifying glass” the emotions we have experienced over time, but to which we have not given enough attention. For example, we might realize that we felt angry when we received constructive feedback, which could indicate the need for perfection at that moment.
A second emotional benefit of meditation is better management of stress and anxiety
From an emotional point of view, meditation has many benefits. The best one is that regular practice of meditation helps in better management of stress. Although we cannot avoid all the stressful situations in our lives, we can learn how to manage them more easily (and healthily), including with the help of meditation techniques.
Moreover, meditation techniques (such as mindfulness) can help us to look at stressful situations in the future from a new perspective and to change the way we react to them.
Once we become aware of how we feel and focus on the present moment, it is easier to manage the stressful situations that may arise – because we learn to be in constant contact with our emotions.
When it comes to managing anxiety, we need to keep in mind the essential contribution of meditation techniques to improving mindfulness and concentration. Some studies show that people who meditate regularly begin to more easily distinguish real fears and problems from those created or amplified by the mind (which, for example, makes the association between a single delay at work and immediate dismissal).
The third benefit of meditation from an emotional point of view is that you learn to better identify and express your feelings
Once we are aware of our emotions and connect to them, including the least comfortable ones, we can learn to identify and manage them more easily and especially in a healthy way. We can do this either through various meditation techniques or by resorting to other methods of releasing emotions, such as journaling.
But what do we mean by managing our emotions in a healthy way? Let’s take as an example the situation in which we felt angry – because of constructive feedback, but which we perceived as a threat, as a way in which we were told that we were not good enough.
As emotions are not divided into “positive” and “negative”, it is essential that we recognize, accept, and express them all, including anger. It matters, however, how we express them. If when we are angry and we choose to write in our journal, meditate, to take a walk in nature, instead of entering into an inner conflict or with a loved one, we choose, in fact, to express our emotion in a healthy way. In this way, it neither consumes us on the inside nor affects our relationships with those around us. This is a very big benefit from an emotional point of view which you can too benefit from by practicing meditation daily.
Final thoughts over how we can enjoy the many benefits of meditation from an emotional point of view
As we can see meditation has many benefits, especially from an emotional point of view. Meditation is important for maintaining or even improving emotional health. In order to enjoy its benefits, however, it is essential to integrate it into our daily lives.
We can do meditation sessions at home or we can sign up for group meditation sessions, as we feel and as comfortable as we can.
If we choose the meetings, we have the opportunity to meet people like us – interested in their health and emotional development – and thus feel that we belong to a group. Moreover, we benefit from guidance from an instructor, which can be very helpful if it is the first time we practice meditation and we feel that proper breathing techniques and mindfulness are a real challenge.
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