Getting Started with Meditation

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I am dedicating this episode to how one can get started with meditating as a daily practice.  There are so many resources out there.  I recommend starting with 5-15 minutes daily.  It will be difficult to clear all the thoughts from your head at first, so you can start with five minutes and go from there.  I suggest these podcasts, since this may be an easier way to ease into it.  Good luck!

Some of the benefits of meditation include:

  1. Mindfulness can help treat depression, even postpartum depression.
  2. Meditation reduces stress and anxiety, even panic disorder.
  3. Meditation may decrease sleep need.
  4. Meditation can help reduce substance and alcohol abuse.
  5. Meditation improves mental processing, decision-making, mental strength and resilience.
  6. Meditation improves emotional intelligence.
  7. Meditation can relieve pain.  People who meditate perceive pain as less than people who do not.
  8. Meditation can help reduce hyperactivity and impulsivity (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
  9. Meditation improves learning, memory, self-awareness, compassion, and introspection.
  10. Meditation has positive effects on creativity.
  11. Meditation reduces blood pressure and the risk of heart disease and stroke.
  12. Meditation decreases inflammation (It has helped in asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, and inflammatory bowel disease).
  13. Meditation can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
  14. Meditation can help premenstrual symptoms and menopausal symptoms.
  15. Meditation may extend longevity.
  16. Meditation reduces heart rate and respiratory rate.
  17. Meditation decreases feelings of loneliness and increases compassion.


Dienstmann, Giovanni, “SCIENTIFIC BENEFITS OF MEDITATION – 76 THINGS YOU MIGHT BE MISSING OUT ON.”  Live and Dare:  Meditation Blog and Non-sectarian Spirituality.  Giovanni Dienstmann.  Web.  Accessed 28 November 2015. <>.