#9 – Meditation decreases your respiratory rate
The power of meditation is often underestimated, probably because people can see so many benefits for free. The power to eliminate the effects of stress lies within your body and mind, and can be easily achieved through meditation.
The meditation process is actually far more more complex than people realize, even more than doctors realize – science is barely scratching the surface in regards to understanding meditation. What they do know is the effects are largely physiological in nature, proving that we can use our mind to control many different processes in the body.
In 2003, Harvard scientists studied a group of 10 meditators with profound results; their respiratory rates were significantly lower than non-meditators. A lower respiratory rate indicates that the lungs are working more efficiently, among other things. They also discovered that this powerful benefit is a fundamental component of all meditation techniques.
The respiratory rate is one of the essential factors beneficially affected during and after a deep state of meditation; awareness of breath is a conscious control of the breathing process, and is known very well by experienced meditators. Your heart contracts less often when you meditate, this saves heartbeats, keeping the cardiac muscle strong. Slow everything down with meditation.