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Meditation is the art of escaping the stress or problems of every day life, or a tool of self reflection for improvement of ones self. Further explanation on the next slide
** slide** Followed by explanation, The definition of meditation is found to be subjective, most if not all instructors and practitioners of this art will encourage students and pupils to formulate there own concept of what meditation is. based upon my research. This is the definition I have concluded and practice. Any process or action that directs the human mind away from every day life. whether it be through distraction or concentration on something else. Utilized to create relaxation, higher levels of awareness, physical performance for recreational, health, or sports purposes.
Stress ReliefMeditation is a great way to relieve stress whether it be a huge upcoming project that will prevent you from graduating if you fail, down to the simple nitty gritty of every day life. Meditation will help take your mind off of the immense weight placed on you from these things, and afterward help you receive each moment with an improved, more calm and relaxed state of mind. Anger managementEveryone finds themselves angry from time to time. Meditation helps in slowing situations down. Situations where a man or woman would normally grow angry quickly will be seen with a new level of poise. Control over anxiety.Many people in society suffer from anxiety. It is a problem that plagues many people, one often solved by simply throwing prescription drugs at it. Meditation gives an alternate route to solving this problem. It teaches breathing techniques and how to look at situations with a better sense of scale.Improved awareness and concentrationThe main principles of meditation are to learn to be aware of one’s surroundings. Or to dedicate your mind to whatever it has chosen to concentrate on to its fullest. Improvement can be made to these skills through the practice of meditation.Improvement of Cognitive skills.One of the main benefits of meditation is the concept of self reflection. While much is dedicated to the reaching of a state of relaxation, and concentration. The thoughts found throughout this process are uninhibited, allowing for self criticism and reflection on thinking processes, reactions to daily events, and obstacles in life.
Day dreamingDay dreaming is a perfect example of the deep level of thought found in the meditative stateSports or physical activity Sports place your mind in a stress relieved state through concentration on a subject that is completely seperated from your every day life. It requires your full attention to find any form of successReading a bookReading books often places the reader in another world or engrosses themselves something that is far from there reality. This deep imagination can be classified into a state of meditative relaxation as well.Music Playing an instrument, or listening to music causes your mind an escape from the world around you, instead of one sound you are concentrating on the sound of your music or using the music to drown out the sounds around you to concentrate on another object.Very similar to this manner studying falls under the same category
Learning how to meditate is really simple. just find a quiet area, relax in a comfortable position, it doesn’t matter what as long as your comfortable. The next part is the easiest. Just think, pick something to think about and allow yourself to become submerged in your thoughts. This process inturn helps you escape reality to a degree.
Explanation of concepts used to fulfill the definition provided at the beginning of the presentation.**notes** there are 7 primary processes used to meditate. These themes vary greatly in application of thought, but all achieve similar effects on the mind. All of which have the goal to place the the subject deep within the confinds of what ever he or she is doing and do distract from the world around him or her. I have tested all 7 of these meditation techniques so that I may give a better description of each through personal experience.
Breathing meditationBreathing meditation is a simple series of breathing techniques used to reach a state of relaxation from any position. Concentration is placed on the rhythm of the breath. Several counting techniques are placed on this to help assist keeping concentration of the mind placed on the breathing. This counting places breathing meditation in a similar class of concentration techniques also known as mantra. A very common example of this would be the simple action of counting to ten when your angry. Many therapists use this form of meditation to assist with anger management.
Conceptual meditationConceptual meditation is an alternative way of achieving a relaxed state of meditation. Generally used for people with difficulty focusing on non-corporeal tasks or objects in a philosophical sense.. The idea behind this technique is to take a concept and expand on it as much as possible. An example of this technique would be a personal experience of mine, I took the idea of balance must always exist between order and chaos. I expanded on this as much as possible and continue to use this technique to try and explain why this balance exists…this placed me into a deep state of thought to which is very difficult to describe. But when I awoke from the practice I was thoroughly at ease.
Physical meditationPhysical meditation is found generally in exercise. The most widely known form of physical meditation in its most raw definitions are yoga and competitive sports.. Physical meditation provides the mind a task to concentrate. Concentration is placed on coordination of the body and controlling breathing for extended periods of time to maximize physical performance and relaxation. Examples of these would be a power lifter concentrating on his lift just prior to execution, a runner deep within a competitive sprint, a wrestler in the middle of a match. Any form of exercise that completely engrosses the participant to a point where it is the only thing they think about and there body acts accordingly on reaction alone. Above all this was and always will be my favorite and most effective form of meditation
Clear mind meditation I found to be the most difficult technique out of the 7. this technique is based around the concept that a totally clear mind devoid of thought places you into a state of concentration on literally nothing, escaping Everything even the basic discrepancies of concept and breathing. Literally the imagination of nothing.
Awareness meditation is unique in that instead of utilizing your mind to escape the world around you along with the problems of the day. It asks you to immerse yourself in the physical of your surroundings. Every sound must be taken into account, every smell, every vibration, every external sensation from every direction is to be concentrated on to reach a trance like state. This form of meditation I found helped me slow down stressful days where I could not escape class. By simply closing my eyes and just listening instead of thinking I would find myself much more level headed than I had been prior to situations throughout the day after this mental escape.
This technique is very simple. All is required is for you to find a comfortable posture. And stare at one point in your vision. All your concentration should be dedicated to this point, observe it, observe the things around it with your peripherals. this concept is often used in hypnotism as well.
Mantra Mantra meditation is similar to breathing meditation in that it requires concentration on a rhythm. But instead of using one naturally occurring in the body, the practitioner creates a vocal rhythm of sounds, noises, or repetitive words or hymns. Many times the combination of singing is also added. singing is primarily found in Christianity where choirs immerse the followers in a serenade. This release qualifies as meditation along with the repetition of prayers.
Some of the major religions that practice meditation would include.
Hinduism The primary religion of india is Hinduism Simple Hinduism accepts the validity of many Gods based around nature and concepts. Hindu meditation is formed around yoga based principles, and chakra healing techniques. Hindus believe that there are 7 chakras, found starting at the base of the your spine all the way up to the center point atop the head. These chakrase, when meditated upon are supposed to speed up healing processes for injury and sickness. Also they promote peak physical condition and mental states are a result when all chakras are activated and mastered. These practices are a combination of physical, conceptual and object meditation
Buddhism arose from Hinduism approximately 2500 years ago. It has many similar beliefs and concept. The nature of all phenomena is impermanent, true peace is found in nirvana. It differs in the God Gods or entities they worship. Obviously there God or entity is the Buddha. A man who has reached a state of enlightenment and broken the cycle of reincarnation through a lifetime of meditation. Buddhist meditation is heavily based on the concept of Zen and awareness techniques along with other self reflection techniques.
Tao means the path. It is the energy that flows through all things found within the universe. It is the reason all things exist and die. All practitioners of the techniques attempt to become one with the Tao, similar to the concept of nirvana and enlightenment found in Buddhism. Taoism believe time is cyclical, the religion expands on philosophical concepts much more than belief in entities. The only known entity in the religion would be the existence of the Tao.
Christianity is an off shoot of Judaism with the exception to the belief system being the belief and faith in Jesus Christ. Christianity would seem at a glance a religion with much less activity in the practice of meditation. But when one takes a closer look that could not be farther from the truth. Prayer to God, confessions and hymns that are sung in churches during worship are all perfect examples of Meditation.
4 major Buddhist followerrs
These are the heart rate and blood pressure of Marco Labricosa prior to guided mediation, his heart rate is sporadic and his blood pressure is noted.
This is marcos heart rate and blood pressure after a very simple and brief guided mediation. As you can see his heart rate is much lower and his blood pressure has dropped significantly. This would indicate his transition from a stressed state into a more relaxed enlightened state
Meditation power point
Meditation: and the human mind <br />By George Moriarity<br />
Thesis<br />Meditation, or the seeking of relaxation through mental or physical exercise, comes in many forms and is practiced in some form in every culture around the world. <br />
What is the definition of Meditation <br />Meditation is a mental discipline by which the practitioner attempts to get beyond the reflexive, "thinking" mind into a deeper state of relaxation or awareness. <br />What does that mean?<br />"Meditation." Online Etymology Dictionary. Douglas Harper, Historian. 02 Mar. 2010. <Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/Meditation>.<br />
My definition of Meditation<br />Any system of concentration or distraction of the human mind and body, used to reach higher levels of awareness, physical performance, concentration, or relaxation generally created from an internal source.<br />
Reasons behind Meditation<br />Stress relief<br />Anger management<br />Control over Anxiety<br />Improved awareness, and concentration<br />Improvement of cognitive skills<br />Davich, Victor M. The Best Guide To Meditation. New York: Rennaisance Media, 1998. <br />
Simple meditation in every day life.<br />Day dreaming<br />Sports/physical activity<br />Close reading <br />Listening or playing music<br />Studying<br />Davich, Victor M. The Best Guide To Meditation. New York: Rennaisance Media, 1998. <br />
Basics: how to<br />Its really simple<br />Find a quiet area<br />Sit cross legged, back straight palms facing up resting on knees, or down in a comfortable position<br />Choose a thought process and expand on it.<br />Davich, Victor M. The Best Guide To Meditation. New York: Rennaisance Media, 1998. <br />
Different types of Meditation thought processes<br />Breathing<br />Conceptual<br />Physical <br />Clear mind<br />Awareness<br />Object<br />Mantra<br />Gillman, Steve. "Six Types of Meditation." Www.Buzzle.com. 1 Mar. 2006. Web. <http://www.buzzle.com/editorials/2-26-2006-89868.asp>.<br />
Breathing Meditation<br />Concentration on relaxation of the body<br />Concentration on the rhythm of your breathing<br />Counting techniques applied<br />Gillman, Steve. "Six Types of Meditation." Www.Buzzle.com. 1 Mar. 2006. Web. <http://www.buzzle.com/editorials/2-26-2006-89868.asp>.<br />
Conceptual Meditation<br />Concentration on a philosophical concept<br />Allow mind to wander and expand.<br />Chaos Vs Order etc…<br />Gillman, Steve. "Six Types of Meditation." Www.Buzzle.com. 1 Mar. 2006. Web. <http://www.buzzle.com/editorials/2-26-2006-89868.asp>.<br />
Physical Meditation<br />Concentration on physical actions. <br />Reaction to opponents actions (heightened awareness during competitive situations)<br />Controlled breathing (yoga)<br />Different from any other form of meditation<br />Gillman, Steve. "Six Types of Meditation." Www.Buzzle.com. 1 Mar. 2006. Web. <http://www.buzzle.com/editorials/2-26-2006-89868.asp>.<br />
Clear mind Meditation<br />Difficult yet effective<br />Clear mind completely<br />Concentrate on keeping mind totally blank<br />Gillman, Steve. "Six Types of Meditation." Www.Buzzle.com. 1 Mar. 2006. Web. <http://www.buzzle.com/editorials/2-26-2006-89868.asp>.<br />
Awareness Meditation<br />Observe all things in your surroundings<br />Be in tune with all of your senses to clear your mind of thought.<br />Total awareness of the moment.<br />Gillman, Steve. "Six Types of Meditation." Www.Buzzle.com. 1 Mar. 2006. Web. <http://www.buzzle.com/editorials/2-26-2006-89868.asp>.<br />
Object Meditation<br />Simple<br />Concentration on one point of vision<br />Total awareness of that point<br />Gillman, Steve. "Six Types of Meditation." Www.Buzzle.com. 1 Mar. 2006. Web. <http://www.buzzle.com/editorials/2-26-2006-89868.asp>.<br />
Mantra Meditation<br />Repetition of a word, phrase, hymn, or prayer to clear the mind. And provide a vessel to concentrate on.<br />Commonly found in Buddhism Hinduism and Christianity<br />Gillman, Steve. "Six Types of Meditation." Www.Buzzle.com. 1 Mar. 2006. Web. <http://www.buzzle.com/editorials/2-26-2006-89868.asp>.<br />
Religion and Meditation<br />Religions that practice Meditation<br />Hinduism<br />Buddhism <br />Taoism<br />Christianity<br />Davich, Victor M. The Best Guide To Meditation. New York: Rennaisance Media, 1998. <br />
Hinduism<br />Many Gods<br />Chakras, healing, promotion of strong mental and physical condition<br />Yoga<br />Chakras<br />Davich, Victor M. The Best Guide To Meditation. New York: Rennaisance Media, 1998. <br />
Buddhism<br />Belief in Buddha<br />Awareness and mantra techniques are emphasized<br />Goal is enlightenment<br />Davich, Victor M. The Best Guide To Meditation. New York: Rennaisance Media, 1998. <br />
Taoism<br />The way<br />Buddhist meditation, chakra, concentration and focus on chakra<br />Concentration on inner self<br />Davich, Victor M. The Best Guide To Meditation. New York: Rennaisance Media, 1998. 1stholistic.com. Web. <http://1stholistic.com/meditation/hol_meditation_taoist_meditation.htm>. <br />
Christianity<br />Belief in Christ<br />Prayer, and hymns<br />Church<br />Davich, Victor M. The Best Guide To Meditation. New York: Rennaisance Media, 1998. 1stholistic.com. Web. <http://1stholistic.com/meditation/hol_meditation_taoist_meditation.htm>. <br />
Famous Practitioners<br />Steven Segal<br />Richard Gere<br />Orlando Bloom<br />Tiger woods<br />Wildmind.org. 7th June 2007. Web. <http://www.wildmind.org/blogs/on-practice/top-10-celebrity-buddhists/2>.<br />
My application<br />Introduce a group of people to the concept of meditation<br />Explain activity, “15-20 minute, guided meditation”<br />Guide group through activity,<br />Question and answer period<br />
What is Guided Meditation<br />The process of using language in the form of a narrative or song to bring a person to a state of relaxation/meditation<br />
The science behind the art<br />Meditation health benefits<br />Increases the longevity of life<br />Lowers heart rate, blood pressure,<br />Relieves body of mental and physical stress<br />
Our experiment<br />Request a volunteer<br />Record heart rate and blood pressure of an individual prior to any variation to normal life<br />Have volunteer meditate for a predisposed period of time<br />Record heart rate and blood pressure again and compare<br />
The Tools Utilized<br />A volunteer<br />A basic sensor and EKG equipment<br />Mac Logger Pro<br />
The Results<br />Before Guided Meditation<br />
Further Results<br />Post Guided Meditation<br />