Meditation is an active training of the mind to increase awareness, and different meditation programs approach this in different ways.
Meditation has been practised for thousands of years, with known benefits such as reducing anxiety and stress, increasing your energy levels, improving sleep, and with regular practice gain clarity of mind, bringing peace and harmony to your everyday life. It is one of the best tools we have to balance our emotions, which reflects in our physical body by improved overall health.
Buddha sitting in Lotus Position with hand Mudras, 3rd Century
Meditation can help us to achieve balance both mentally and physically and whilst it has taken several decades to gain acceptance within the medical industry, it is now routinely used to treat a range of conditions which whilst not limited to include, depression, stress and anxiety, sleep disorders, self-esteem and a range of mental and emotional issues.
Meditation has been widely used to assist us in controlling and reducing addictions to smoking, drugs and alcohol. It reduces blood pressure and helps minimize the symptoms of menopause. Medical Meditations have now been used for a variety of issues such as Anger Management and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Meditations are deeply healing and provide an avenue to connect with your spiritual support team and promote a deep sense of peace and wellbeing.
"Meditation means that your mind has the power to remain in control when it comes under the influence of disturbing emotions, when you lose the happiness that you want and encounter unwanted suffering. This capacity becomes so strong that uncontrolled emotional states are removed. Meditation is not something that happens by itself, it is a conscious effort" ~Dalai Lama
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Let’s look at some of the benefits of meditation:
- A significant reduction of stress in your life
- Get in touch with your Higher Self
- A greater sense of calm and peacefulness
- More clarity of thought
- Greater self-confidence and improved self esteem
- A sense of physical, mental emotional wellbeing
- Better sleep
- More physical energy
- Increased motivation
- Spiritual Awareness
- Improvements in general health
- Assistance in the treatment of illness and disease
- Decrease in muscle tension
So how does that happen?
Meditation helps to lower the heart rate and blood pressure by slowing down the breathing which lowers the amount of oxygen needed for the body. Our mental processes are also slowed down, muscles relax (we go into this a lot more shortly in the course) and the body begins to function at a calmer and more natural level, this assists in relieving muscle pain, improving the function of the immune system and returning the entire body to its natural perfect balance.
The great thing about all of this is that Meditation is free, anyone at almost any age can learn to Meditate. The benefits of Meditation are immeasurable. I believe it was the Dalai Lama that said “If all eight year old’s were taught to Meditate it would take only one generation and we would have World Peace!!“ something for us to work towards.
Meditation can be used anywhere at any time. Meditation offers a completely drug free and natural way to improve our mental, emotional and spiritual health.
The history of meditation is very rich. It is interesting to discover where it actually originated. The most common questions about it are yet to be answered. No matter where it started, one thing is for sure Meditation has many benefits which we will uncover next.
Today, meditation is generally recommended for people who need respite from suffering and stress and those looking to have a greater understanding of ourselves, our universe and our incarnation here on earth. A growing number of people are being managed medically for mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression. A lot of people are also diagnosed with mental problems. This is often attributed to the changing world in which we live in. Many people are looking for ways to deal with mounting stress that characterizes modern living. Because of overwork and the demands of a fast-paced lifestyle, millions of people are now suffering from the deleterious effects of stress, and millions are unaware that they are already reaching the verge of a nervous breakdown. According to studies, millions of people are also suffering for mental illness that is hard to cure and up to now they are still finding ways to treat it. Some experts would recommend some drugs that would lessen the symptoms. However, there are many of those sufferers who do realize that they need help and are keen on finding methods of dealing with stress that does not involve taking medication. Fortunately, for them meditation offers an effective alternative approach to help them be rid of their affliction and gain a new and better outlook.
These may include:
- A sense of calmness and peacefulness
- Greater clarity of thought
- A significant reduction in the stress and anxiety in life
- A better sleeping pattern
- Increased motivation
- Assistance in the treatment of illness and disease within the body
- A general feeling of overall better health
- Meditation can assist in the Management of weight either gaining or losing
Once the decision has been made to incorporate meditation into one’s daily routine, this person is making the first step towards peace of mind and happiness, leaving behind frustration, anger, and impatience.
Meditation helps develop a mind that is balanced, calm, and quiet and able to function more efficiently and reasonably. In addition, a person who meditates is given a unique glimpse at the workings of his own mind.
Incorporating meditative practice into the daily routine is not difficult at all, and worth the 10 to 15 minutes that is regularly allotted to it.
Clinical research over the past decades has now proven that meditation is not only an ancient spiritual practice but a powerful healing tool that with regular practice can significantly improve our body, mind and spirit health and connection.
One thing is for sure, Meditation can benefit the body, mind and spirit.
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