The Benefits of Meditation
Do you ever wonder why so many people try meditation, when it seems so difficult to achieve? Perhaps a list of the many benefits of meditation will answer the question:
Brain activity slows down (studies using EEGs, which measure brain activity, indicate that brain activity is much faster and erratic in
a nonmeditative state, but during meditation, brain waves become slower and smoother).
The mind is calmer.
There is a slower rate of respiration; breathing deepens.
Blood pressure is lower.
The immune system is stronger.
There are decreased levels of mental stress and body tension.
There is an improved quality of sleep, and less sleep is required.
What does om mean?
Om is considered the sacred, universal, primordial sound. It is a symbol and sound of absolute reality. The Mandukya Upanishad says that om contains four parts: a, u, m, and the after sound (a nasal humming), which correlate to the four states of consciousness: consciousness, waking, dreaming, and ultimate reality.