Meditation has many physical, psychological, and spiritual benefits.
Physical and Psychological Benefits of Meditation
By meditating in the morning a person can feel more centered throughout the day. They find it easier to remain balanced while dealing with issues that arise in everyday life. Problems are more easily put into perspective so they don’t trigger a negative physiological response in the body.
Meditation is the practice of concentrating on one thing in order to still the mind. After becoming proficient at meditating, a person can focus more clearly during the day on personal or work projects that demand their attention.
Meditating in the evening helps a person turn their attention inward and still the mind so they can more easily fall asleep. If a person is inclined to wake up during the night that can do a short meditation in order to help them fall back to sleep.
Spiritual Benefits of Meditation
A person connects with the divine beyond the limitations of the thinking mind. Meditation is the most commonly known spiritual practice for stilling the mind and turning a person’s attention to the deeper truth.
When the mind is still a person can more easily perceive their soul’s intuition which is always guiding them toward greater personal happiness and spiritual progress.
Best Meditation Techniques
You should choose a meditation practice that aligns with your goals. If you are mostly interested in the psychical and psychological benefits of meditation then most any technique will work for you. After 15 to 20 minutes of meditation you will feel more relaxed and harmonious.
If you are interested in meditation as a spiritual practice then you should learn from someone who has attained enlightenment. They have mastered the ability moving their attention away from the surface of life and onto the deeper reality. The two meditation practices that I recommend for spiritually inclined people is self-enquiry as taught by Ramana Maharshi and kriya yoga as taught by Paramahansa Yogananda.