Buddhist Meditation and Mental Well-Being

meditationDifferent religions have different views towards health and well-being. The Buddhist perception of good health emphasizes a balanced interaction between the mind and body. If this equilibrium is disturbed, then illnesses tend to arise and the Buddhist theory and practice will help in restoring and strengthening the balance.

Buddhists look at the body as a temporary shell of the spirit, believing that it should be treated with utmost care and respect so that the mind can concentrate more on personal enlightenment.

According to the Buddhist philosophy, having a sense of purpose would make people live longer by staying physically healthier and making them feel good about themselves.

Energy is directed inward to make the mind understand positivity. This in turn gives a therapeutic effect that is shown through compassion towards one’s surroundings. This positive value will help an individual face life’s adversities, including sickness, and give them opportunity for personal growth.

Spirituality is said to directly affect the overall health of people, that is why meditation is an essential aspect of daily life. Buddhists who practice meditation carry a good mood and have positive feelings.

Meditating regularly gives them more focus on achieving their inner peace, thereby reducing stress and enabling them to enjoy life better. Medical studies have also found out that meditation has plenty of positive health impacts. These include lowering blood pressure, improving the immune system, and alleviating depression.

Many Buddhists believe that illnesses can be cured almost 80% of the time by using the mind and 20% of the time by taking herbs. Also they relate sickness with laziness and loss of faith. Buddhists also have their own view on modern medicine, thinking that Western medication weaken the body and should be avoided.

Traditional Eastern or Chinese medicines are alternatively used by Buddhists. Western health care practices are also contradicted by some Buddhists. They believe that Western hospitals do not have the quiet environment which is required for the spirit of an ill person to be able to contemplate.

Buddhists also practice vegeterianism, as carried over from Chinese Buddhism. Their belief in the reincarnation of animals started their consumption of vegetarian food. Alcohol and other stimulants are also avoided believing that these diminish clarity of mind, which is an important part in Buddhism’s philosophy.

Rejecting sexual desire is another aspect of the Buddhist’s belief on health building. This is for the primary reason of preserving sperm, and living a longer life by having less sex. Refusing private desires and doing such acts of selflessness enable Buddhists to accomplish their ultimate purpose in life to become a Buddha and achieve Nirvana.