The biggest benefit to me I feel is that I am much more emotionally stable. I don’t get aroused like I used to and I am able to let go of situations that irritate me without getting into a full blown story about them. I don’t get hooked into the internal chatter for so long and spend hours, days or weeks ruminating about things because I am much more mindful and aware of my thoughts. I can also bring my body back to balance and calm much quicker using my breath and awareness. I now respond to situations from a place of calm much more since developing a daily meditation practice. There is much less arousal of my nervous system, so less stress on a daily basis, I don’t get triggered by past events so much either. I used to criticize myself badly but over the years I have learned to love myself a lot more as well as being more patient and kind to myself. I value myself more and I have also learned to stay with uncomfortable feelings and emotions until they pass instead of trying to suppress them. This helps them soften and fade. My self- esteem and confidence has grown a lot. I find the discipline of sitting in practice every day very supportive, it makes me feel strong and good about myself.
There are many scientific studies showing the following benefits of a regular meditation practice: ~Stress reduction ~Reduced anxiety and depression ~Improved emotional stability ~Improved focus and attention ~Improved cardiovascular health ~Improved digestion ~Even anti-ageing has been shown to be a benefit