The pace of this world has gone so fast that it has become difficult for us to find relief.  If only inner peace and self awareness are available in stores, it would be the hottest commodity in the market in any given time.

But there is one way to shut out the external world from our inner selves.  It can happen when we are able to control our minds and focus on the unity of our mind body and spirit.  This can help us to escape from the pressures and stress that this world is putting directly on us.

Here are some of the benefits of practicing meditation:

1. It helps to reduce stress.

Persons who are not affected by too much stress have good physical, mental and spiritual outlooks. Being stress-free means freedom from anxiety and some diseases that spring from it.

2. It helps to normalize blood pressure.

Being a calming practice, meditation can help to keep your blood pressure in check.   

3. It helps to boost the immune system.

With stress out of the way, the body can have more energy to fight off disease-causing organisms to keep you strong and protected.

4. It helps to reduce pain.

According to an American research published in the Journal of Neuroscience, practicing meditation can alleviate pain better than powerful drugs.

5. It helps to cure insomnia.

With meditation, you can go to a deeper level of concentration and relaxation.  This will help to relieve stress and increase your level of serotonin which plays a big role in your mood, behavior and sleeping patterns.  Low serotonin levels are linked to insomnia, headaches and depression.

6. It helps to improve oxygen supply to your brain and body.

The practice of meditation requires you to focus on your breathing.  This will help to increase oxygen supply to your blood which will circulate to your entire body and brain.  The process can make you physically and mentally alert, stress-free, feeling refreshed and energized. 

7. It helps to improve concentration.

In every endeavor or activity, concentration is essential to help us maximize our potentials.  You can draw immense power and energy with great focus. 

Meditation is a mental activity that requires you to practice focus and one-pointedness.  By meditating regularly, you can develop the power of your concentration to the fullest.

8. It helps to improve memory.

Meditation works on the cerebral cortex, the part of the brain that controls memory recall and logical thought.  By regularly engaging in meditation, the natural functions of the cerebral cortex are sharpened, enhancing your capacity to concentrate. 

Daily meditation is the natural cure for poor memory and memory loss.

Other benefits of meditation include:

1. It helps to boost our self confidence.

2. It helps us to accept ourselves and to learn to forgive.

3. It makes us calmer even under stressful situations.

4. It helps to give us peace of mind and be more aware of our inner self.

5. It allows us to live in the present moment.

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