Spiritual Meditation

Spiritual Meditation is the mindful practice of connection to something that is greater, vaster and deeper than the individual self. It may seem paradoxical, but the path to that connection passes through “honest self reflection .” While there are many meditation techniques that look to increase spiritual awareness, they all require “attitude of integrity” and authenticity when looking at ourselves and how we view the world. 

Meditation and emotional well-being

When you meditate, you may clear away the information overload that builds up every day and contributes to your stress.

The emotional benefits of meditation can include:

  • Gaining a new perspective on stressful situations
  • Building skills to manage your stress
  • Increasing self-awareness
  • Focusing on the present
  • Reducing negative emotions
  • Increasing imagination and creativity
  • Increasing patience and tolerance

Meditation and illness

Meditation might also be useful if you have a medical condition, especially one that may be worsened by stress.

While a growing body of scientific research supports the health benefits of meditation, some researchers believe it’s not yet possible to draw conclusions about the possible benefits of meditation.

With that in mind, some research suggests that meditation may help people manage symptoms of conditions such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Chronic pain
  • Depression
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Sleep problems
  • Tension headaches

Be sure to talk to your health care provider about the pros and cons of using meditation if you have any of these conditions or other health problems. In some cases, meditation can worsen symptoms associated with certain mental and physical health conditions.

Meditation isn’t a replacement for traditional medical treatment. But it may be a useful addition to your other treatment.

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) in the US, has conducted studies to explore the impact of meditation on disorders like:

  • Pain and fibromyalgia in teenagers.
  • Stress-related disorders in adolescents and adults.
  • Migraine, headaches, and hypertensive conditions.
  • Psoriasis.
  • Anxiety and depression.

 

Most of their research and reviews show that committing to a daily practice improves the overall quality of life, and has long-term benefits for staying emotionally and physically healthy. Furthermore, studies show that meditation had similar effects as medications in treating depression, anxiety, and other emotional problems.

There are a number of different reasons why people may turn to spirituality, including but not limited to:

  1. To find purpose and meaning: Exploring spirituality can help people find answers to questions they have about philosophical questions such as “what is the meaning of life?” and “what purpose does my life serve?”
  2. To cope with feelings of stress, depression, and anxiety: Spiritual experiences can be helpful when coping with the stresses of life. 
  3. To restore hope and optimism: Spirituality can help people develop a more hopeful outlook on life.
  4.  To find a sense of community and support: Because spiritual traditions often involve organized religions or groups, becoming a part of such a group can serve as an important source of social support.

Spiritual Meditation Benefits

  • Spiritual meditation releases and settles our thoughts and emotions
  • It relaxes your nervous system and helps your body unwind from stress
  • It helps you to let go of the past and sink in peace
  • Spiritual meditation helps you realize who you really are
  • It empowers you and helps you reach your higher consciousness

Spirituality is a very personal experience, and everyone’s spiritual path may be unique. Research shows, however, that some spiritual stress relief strategies have been helpful to many, regardless of faith.

Some things you can do to start exploring spirituality include:

  1. Pay attention to how you are feeling. Part of embracing spirituality means also embracing what it means to be human, both the good and the bad. 
  2. Focus on others. Opening your heart, feeling empathy, and helping others are important aspects of spirituality.
  3. Meditate. Try spending 10 to 15 minutes each morning engaged in some form of meditation.
  4. Practice gratitude. Start a gratitude journal and record what you are grateful for each day. This can be a great reminder of what is most important to you and what brings you the greatest happiness.
  5. Try mindfulness: By becoming more mindful, you can become more aware and appreciative of the present. Mindfulness encourages you to be less judgmental (both of yourself and others) and focus more on the present moment rather than dwelling on the past or future.

TIPS

Spirituality is a very personal experience, and everyone’s spiritual path may be unique. Research shows, however, that some spiritual stress relief strategies have been helpful to many, regardless of faith.

Some things you can do to start exploring spirituality include:

  1. Pay attention to how you are feeling. Part of embracing spirituality means also embracing what it means to be human, both the good and the bad. 
  2. Focus on others. Opening your heart, feeling empathy, and helping others are important aspects of spirituality.
  3. Meditate. Try spending 10 to 15 minutes each morning engaged in some form of meditation.
  4. Practice gratitude. Start a gratitude journal and record what you are grateful for each day. This can be a great reminder of what is most important to you and what brings you the greatest happiness.
  5. Try mindfulness: By becoming more mindful, you can become more aware and appreciative of the present. Mindfulness encourages you to be less judgmental (both of yourself and others) and focus more on the present moment rather than dwelling on the past or future.