Benefits of Meditation


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Benefits of Meditation

Let me start by saying, the easiest way to learn to meditate is by joining a meditation class.

However, you easily can learn about meditation by yourself in the comfort of your own home.

Meditation

Meditation has become an excepted practice but it hasn’t been always like that.

I think it helped when the Beatles went to India in 1968, to study Transcendental Meditation.
(long time ago 🙂 
Anyhow, Meditation became an instant hit.

Most forms of Meditation are easy to learn, and like everything, practice will make you better. It takes up only a little bit of time and offers infinitely more than watching television 🙂

Meditators come from all walks of life, yet their claims for the benefits of meditation are all similar:

General better health, enhanced self-esteem, improved personal relationships, greater job satisfaction, more creativity and clearer thought processes and above all, and virtually unanimously — much less stress in their daily lives.



To an observer, a person in meditation may appear to be asleep. In meditation the body goes almost immediately into a deep state of rest, in which basic metabolism drops very rapidly yet the mind is, in some ways, more alert than in a normal waking state.

Twenty minute periods of meditation is all it takes, and good times for meditation are early in the morning and again some time before the evening meal.

It requires a relatively quiet place, although experienced meditators can meditate almost anywhere, with a comfortable chair and freedom from interruption.

There are many different meditation techniques available, I think using a mantra, a concentration technique or visualisation, is more suitable for the beginner than immersing yourself in total thoughtlessness.

The mind is concentrated on “a technique” and when thoughts intrude, gently brought back to it.

The first result is often experienced within the first few days, stress and former annoyances seem to bother you less and you find yourself more relaxed.

How can meditation bring about such a change?

The body is basically a self correcting organism. Given the right conditions, it will tend to cure ( regenerate) itself. As we all know, too much stress is harmful and cumulative. We store it in biochemical changes in the body.

Meditation provides a period of rest and the appropriate brain wave for regeneration.

Meditation has become more important then ever.

The speed with which we live our life, in our computer generated times is simply too much for our systems, we haven’t really adapted to all those new technologies we are using. The continual stimulation, the impact of even an ordinary day-to-day life in today’s frantic world gradually escalates our optimum arousal level and results in constant stress just by living.

One of the effects of meditation is to lower the stress arousal level.

Other internal stress is caused by the imbalance between the two hemispheres of the brain.

We are using too much on the left hemisphere, the logical, rational and analytical side, whereas we need the balance of the right hemisphere, the intuitive and creative side.

Meditation shows a remarkable synchronization effect of the brain waves from both hemispheres of the brain.

Artist know this process well, by pursuing creative activities like painting the right side of the brain is used and automatically balances out the left side. One could say, true creativity ( without logical thought) is a light meditative state.

To meditate, you are asked to sit in a comfortable, quiet place and close your eyes. When you feel settled and relaxed, begin to think, using your specific technique. Inevitably, thoughts will intrude but quietly put them aside and return to the mantra.

Don’t meditate in you bed-room, and as the metabolic and therefore digestive processes are slowed down it is not advisable to meditate after a large meal.

Meditators show an improvement in physical and psychological health with an improved self-image, and it can produce significant reduction in blood pressure in sufferers from hypertension.

How to start with Meditation.

I generally advice to go to a meditation group, direct instruction work always best. However here are a few pointers to start you meditating and get yourself use to it:

  • By deciding to meditate, the process of meditation will begin, your subconscious mind will be on your side.
  • Sitting down for meditation, is the first step of being with yourself, you take time out just to be with yourself.
  • We seem compelled to be active at all times, now, maybe for the first time, you allow yourself to be inactive.
  • Before you do anything else, become a passive observer to your mind.
  • If  thoughts arise, let them come, do not resist them ( what you resist persist ).
    Let them come and go, be passive, watch your own mind, don’t interfere, and don’t start picking a thought up and think about it.
  • Become fully aware of your thoughts but with complete detachment and the need to get involved will vanish.
  • Be patient with your self, don’t force anything. Just concentrate on your specific technique and if other thoughts arise just let them come and go and gently come back to your special technique.

Easy Breathing Meditation Technique

Simply focus on your breath … breath slowly …

Count “one”, while breathing in, and again count “one”, while breathing out.

Count “two” on the next breath, and so on, up to “ten”.

Keep breathing and counting, if you notice yourself thinking other thoughts, start again …

Stay with this for a while, and try to get up to 10.

Having managed that, extend your awareness and actually feel the breath going into your body, down into your abdomen, into your legs ending in your feet.

Again, always counting up to 10.

Now you are meditating ..

.. if you like try the next technique, a very well known one >

The Body Scan – Meditation

 

Article by Dieter L. Editor of useNature

 

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