Mediation has many individual benefits. When you practice meditation on a regular basis, you experience improvements to your mental health as well as improvements to your physical health. While taking care of yourself is great, meditation also benefits those beyond yourself, including nature. Here are ways your improved well-being causes a chain reaction that benefits nature and the environment.
1. Nature Lives
When you meditate, especially if you meditate outdoors, naturally you're going to notice sounds you tune out in your daily life. You'll hear the wind moving the leaves, the birds singing, the squirrels moving through the chairs, and the insects moving about in their world. In hearing all of this life that is a part of nature, the outdoors aren't simply a sight to be enjoyed. It is life itself.
A great benefit of this knowledge is your improved concern for the environment. You may look for ways you can reduce your carbon impact, such as the change you can make when you buy solar panels.
You're more likely to not litter. In fact, you may feel inspired to help pick up litter. Even after decades of public messaging, litter continues to be a threat to nature and the environment.
It's much like seeing a new perspective. You no longer look at the world through your own eyes, but you see it through the lives of everything you connected with when you were meditating.
2. The Air We Breathe
Because meditation places so much emphasis on breathing, when you meditate you appreciate the purity of the air. As a result, you don't want to pollute your body. If you smoke cigarettes, you have more incentive to quit smoking. If you work with chemicals, you have more incentive to wear a protective mask. While you have concern for the air going into your own body, you also have to look larger. When you have an aversion to polluting the air, you are more likely to support causes that utilize clean energy, including electric vehicles and clean energy.
3. Passive Consumption
Another result of being mindful through meditation is a decreased desire for material consumption. Meditation improves your overall spiritual being, and when you're happy, you're less likely to shop impulsively. Imagine every time you've gone to the department store for one or two items and come out with multiple bags of products you didn't need. When this happens, most people may experience a tinge of guilt, but quickly move on.
When people consume unnecessarily, it increases manufacturing which contributes to the carbon footprint of the population. Many manufacturing processes send pollutants into the air, including carcinogens that can cause cancer. They also utilize large quantities of plastic, which finds its ways into oceans and habitats of animals to which it causes harm.
Because meditation improves your mood, you are more likely to show kindness. Showing kindness overflows to animals, such as animals who are living on the streets and in need of homes. Getting these animals off the streets helps protect other animals who live successfully in nature, such as birds, rabbits, and other small wildlife. Cats who live outdoors can cause decreases in bird populations, which is why many cities require all animals, including cats, be on a leash or behind a fence when outdoors.
5. Support Mindful Politicians
As you meditate and connect more with nature, you also become more likely to support politicians who promote policies to protect the environment. As more politicians who have concern for the environment are elected into office, the well-being of the environment, and the world as a whole, will continue to improve.
What the benefits of meditation show is that its benefits go well beyond benefiting the practitioner. The benefits of meditation flow over into communities and nature. As people become more mindful, they become more aware of life beyond themselves, which in turn changes their harmful behaviors. As you meditate to improve yourself, watch for other changes you see happening in your life.