“Om Mani Padme Hum”

(May the jewel of the lotus be within me)

       The subtle sense of quiet and wonder one usually experiences after the first few sessions of “dhyaan” is more often than not, a very unique and personal experience for each one of us. Most practitioners would agree with me when I say that its beauty lies in its inexplicable nature. Yet,while the definitions may vary, the scientific community and spiritual philosophers alike, agree that meditation has innumerable benefits.

Yet, some of us are often skeptical of taking up this practice. Texts on yoga often advice on taking up meditative practices under the guidance of a guru (teacher).  Yoga is a hormonal science which brings about profound physiological changes when the endocrine system works in tandem with all other body system.  The idea being that every single cell in the body has to be in a state of perfect health – at its optimum functional capacity. Thus, the asanas and physical postures are a mere preparative exercise to eventually enable the mind to first reach to, and then expand beyond the constrains of body, emotion and conscionable reality.

Lately, yoga and meditation are a  trending topic in the health circles, where everyone today is looking for quick fix solutions to all of their life’s problems. From stress-relief to weight issues to relationship problems, people have found meditative exercises to be applicable and beneficial in all aspects of their lives. As we begin the count-down to Guru Purnima, with the 21 Days of meditation challenge, here are 100 reasons to take up meditation today.


Physiological benefits:

1- It lowers oxygen consumption.
2- It decreases respiratory rate.
3- It increases blood flow and slows the heart rate.
4- Increases exercise tolerance.
5- Leads to a deeper level of physical relaxation.
6- Beneficial for people with high blood pressure.
7- Reduces anxiety attacks by lowering the levels of blood lactate.
8- Decreases muscle tension.
9- Helps in chronic diseases like allergies, arthritis etc.
10- Reduces Pre-menstrual Syndrome symptoms.
11- Helps in post-operative healing.
12- Enhances the immune system.
13- Reduces activity of viruses and emotional distress.
14- Enhances energy, strength and vigour.
15- Helps with weight loss.
16- Decreases free radical damage and tissue damage.
17- Higher skin resistance and improves skin elasticity.
18- Drop in cholesterol levels, lowers risk of cardiovascular disease.
19- Improved flow of air to the lungs resulting in improved breathing capacity
20- Slows the aging process.
21- Higher levels of DHEAS (Dehydroepiandrosterone)
22- Helps reduce/alleviate/control chronic pain conditions.
23- Reduces perspiration and improves body’s temperature tolerance.
24- Helps cure and manage headaches and migraines.
25- Improves cognitive brain functioning.
26- Supplements medical care.
27- Improves energy and vigour.
28- More inclined to sports activities.
29- Significant relief from asthma.
30- Improves stamina.
31- Normalizes to your ideal weight.
32- Harmonizes our endocrine system.
33- Relaxes our nervous system.
34- Produce lasting beneficial changes in brain electrical activity.
35- Cure infertility (the stresses of infertility can interfere with the release of hormones that regulate ovulation).

Psychological benefits:

36- Builds self-confidence.
37- Increases serotonin level, influences mood and behavior.
38- Resolve phobias and fears.
39- Helps control thoughts and balances emotions.
40- Helps with focus and concentration.
41- Increased creativity.
42- Increased brain wave coherence.
43- Improved learning ability and memory.
44- Increased feelings of vitality and rejuvenation.
45- Increased emotional stability.
46- Improved relationships and social bonding.
47- Slows the aging and fatigue of the mind
48- Helps in de-addiction and controlling obsessive compulsive habits.
49- Develops intuition.
50- Increased Productivity.
51- Improved relations at home & at work.
52- Able to see the larger picture in a given situation.
53- Helps ignore petty issues.
54- Increased ability to solve complex problems.
55- Purifies your character.
56- Develop will power.
57- Greater communication between the two brain hemispheres.
58- Improves reaction and processing time.
59- Increases one’s perceptual ability and motor performance.
60- Higher intelligence growth rate.
61- Increased job satisfaction.
62- Increase in the capacity for intimate contact with loved ones.
63- Helps in better management of potential mental illnesses.
64- Better, more sociable behaviour.
65- Less aggressiveness.
66- Helps in quitting smoking, alcohol addiction.
67- Reduces need and dependency on drugs, pills & pharmaceuticals.
68- More restful and relaxing sleep.
69- Helps cure insomnia.
70- Increases sense of responsibility and healthy attachments.
71- Reduces rage and anger issues.
72- Decrease in restless thinking.
73- Decreased tendency to worry and over-think.
74- Increases listening skills and empathy.
75- Helps make more accurate judgement.
76- Greater tolerance to stressful situations.
77- Gives composure to act in constructive ways.
78- Grows a stable, more balanced personality.
79- Develops emotional maturity.

Spiritual benefits:

80- Helps in perspective thinking.
81- Provides peace of mind and happiness.
82- Helps with realization of self-potential and purpose.
83- Increased self-actualization.
84- Increased compassion.
85- Growing knowledge and wisdom.

86- Deeper understanding of yourself and others.
87- Brings body, mind, and spirit in harmony.
88- Deeper Level of spiritual relaxation.
89- Increased acceptance of one self.
90- Forgiveness.
91- Provides an overall positive and healthy attitude toward life.
92- Creates a deeper relationship with inner self.
93- Attain self-realization.
94- Greater inner-directedness.
95- Helps living in the present moment.
96- Creates a widening, deepening capacity for love.
97- Discovery of the power and consciousness beyond the ego.
98- Experience an inner sense of “Assurance or Knowingness”
99- Experience a sense of “Oneness”.
100- Increases the synchronicity in your life.

Meditation is powerful, yet mediation is easy. It can be practiced without any equipment or tools, at any point of time in the day, for any duration of time. And most importantly, it can be taken up by anyone, at any point in their life. So whether you start today or a week from now; whether you are looking for an experience or a solution; whether you sit on an expensive mat in a fancy studio in designer gear or under a tree in a far off land or at your desk in the office, just take up this practice. Start. And Keep up. Give it a minute, and a breath or two. Because all it takes is you!


Namaste! :)

-Yashodhara Pawar