Meditation, practiced in many cultures across the globe, is a simple yet profound approach to spiritual development. Numerologically speaking, it carries a 36/9 vibration. 9 is the number of humanitarian service and unconditional love. The letter
“M” resonates to the number 4 which represents the earth and grounding.
The practice of meditation involves sitting quietly usually on the ground and clearing the mind. Here are three benefits of meditation…
Clearing the mind. Through meditation, one concentrates on a particular word or phrase to clear the mind. When we are able to reduce mental stress, this lowers blood pressure and can ultimately reduce the risk and incidence of cardiovascular disease.
Enhancing spiritual connection. Spiritual practitioners in the East refer to the terms used in meditation as a mantra. The Sikhs meditate on words relating to the universal God, Supreme Being, and Creator. In Indian Vedanta, the term used is Om, which describes God in the purest form, as Supreme Consciousness. By repeating Om, one seeks to merge with the Cosmos with the opening of the third eye. In your own life, the words that hold deep spiritual meaning for you can be used in meditation. Focusing on spiritual ideation and connection can relax the mind, reduce stress, and enhance spiritual fulfillment.
Improving aerobic capacity. Another of the extraordinary health benefits of meditation is the reduction of aerobic stress. The process of meditation includes a focus on your breathing, which will improve your oxygen capacity and therefore your capacity for exercise. When you slow your breathing, you gradually slow your heart beat to a healthier rate. This allows you to lower your blood pressure and reduce the workload and stress on the heart. It is not surprising to see improvement in both aerobic fitness and cardiovascular health in someone who meditates.
People who tend to drive themselves hard in their career and their lifestyle are sometimes termed Type A personalities. These high-achieving (and sometimes aggressive) individuals are among those who most benefit from meditation. People who find it difficult to slow down to meditate may find it helpful to initially practice yoga and then introduce meditation. Performing yoga with a focus on breath and awareness will cultivate a sense of calmness that is ideal for the practice of meditation.
If you have not meditated before consider starting with a moment of silence then gradually working up to 5 minutes.
Ultimately, a meditation practice of 15 to 20 minutes a day is something that one should definitely consider making a part of one’s regular life.