Many studies have shown that meditation has a beneficial effect on the body. Lower blood pressure, improved concentration, reduced anxiety, better sleep, a boosted immune system, and less sensitivity to pain have all been linked to meditative practices. Meditation has been shown to lower cortisol – or stress hormone – levels. This reduces the toll such hormones take on our bodies.
To me, meditation doesn’t mean “turning off” your everyday, human thoughts. It’s more a matter of letting your thoughts pass by without having a conversation with them. As you practice meditation, you begin to find that the quiet between thoughts gets longer. This allows room for inspiration from your higher self.
Guided meditation is a great way to start a meditation practice. It’s also fun for experienced meditators to mix things up with a guided meditation once in a while! Find my free guided meditations here.