Most don't know this fact, so are missing out on all of the benefits of it. Some of the proven benefits are:
- Increased focus
- Increased immunity
- Decreased chance of depression
- Decreased chance of anxiety
- Helps prevent emotional eating
- Improves resilience against pain
- Enhances self-esteem
- Increases memory retention
- Better creative thinking
- Lessens heart and brain problems
- Improves breathing and heart rate
- Reduces blood pressure
There have even been accounts of monks that have been found naturally mummified and experts are claiming they aren't dead but actually in the highest of meditation states. An example of one is below. This body is said to be a 200 year old mummified monk. The headline reads:
"200-Year-Old Mummified Monk Not Dead, Just Meditating, Buddhism Expert Claims"
I started meditating about a year and a half ago and though I went a while not meditating (forgot to take time for myself which in a busy life as a wife and a mother will sometimes make you do) I can definitely tell the difference between how I feel mentally, physically and even spiritually from when I am meditating on a regular basis versus when I'm not.
But don't take it from me, try for yourself and see how AMAZING you feel. Then you can come back and thank me later. If you have no idea what the first thing about meditating is there are multiple online guides. You can check out How to Meditate for Beginners here. Oh and don't worry, it's impossible for us commoners to reach the level these monks supposedly have, so you're safe. :-)
Good luck and happy meditating!