WHAT IS MEDITATION?Mediation is a learned technique for focusing attention that brings about an altered state of consciousness.
FORMS OF MEDITATIONA popular meditation practice is to mutter or repeat a mantra– a sound, word, or syllable– over and over.In other forms, the focus may be over a picture, flame, specific part of the body, sounds, etc.Regardless of the type of meditation, the key is to concentrate so thoroughly that you reach a different state of consciousness.
THE BENEFITS OF MEDITATIONMeditation gradually distracts our thoughts causing inner peace and relaxation. The mind will feel spacious and refreshed.It increases gray matter in the brain which means that the brain ages at a slower rate. Cortical thickness is associated with decision making, attention, and memory.Meditation can also help you sleep better at night.It’s a proven fact that it is better than blood pressure medicine. Relaxation results in the formation of nitric oxide which opens up your blood vessels.It helps to boost the immune system, relieve tension and anxiety, lessen depression, balance, and having a positive attitude in your life.Meditation can even reduce pain by 40% according to Wake Forest Baptist University.
THE FUNDAMENTALSAnyone can achieve meditation by sitting in a quiet room with the eyes closed, breathing deeply and rhythmically, and by repeating a sound or word.If you practice everyday for 20 minutes, meditation is extremely effective in bringing about relaxation for the mind and body.
DURING MEDITATIONDuring meditation, oxygen levels decreases, heart rate and blood pressure decline, and brain-wave patterns change.
AFTER MEDITATIONPeople report to feeling relaxed, and have gained new insights into themselves and their problems.Long term meditation can even improve health because of the physiological changes it produces.
EXAMPLE MEDITATION FOR BEGINNERSThe sitting posture most common for meditation is called the half-lotus position. Sit upright with your back and spine straight. Cross your legs with your right leg over your left. You may sit on a cushion or pillow to make things more comfortable. Your hands should be rest palms-up on your lap, and the tip of your index finger should touch your thumb.Close your eyes as if you were falling asleep. Relax every single part of your body. Make sure there are no signs of tension on your forehead or across your shoulders.Now close your eyes and stop thinking about the world. Feel as if you were sitting alone, around you is no one and nothing. Create a feeling of happiness and spaciousness in your mind.Create a mantra, a sound or word, and repeat it over and over without counting. Don’t entertain your thoughts in your mind. Allow your mind to come to a stand still.Keep your mind bright, clear and pure, and in the end you will achieve your goal.
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