Meditation Meditation is a learned ability to focus attention and an altered state of consciousness will occur as a result. Meditation, in one form or another, is an ancient practice; however, Eastern traditions are the most talked about
Many people use meditation to “open up” the mind, to be “one” with the universe, gain peaceand tranquility, and to balance the chakras (energy points within the body).
According to a transcendental meditation study, this is what happens during meditation: 17% less oxygen is used, lower heart rate, and a boost of theta brain waves. These waves are the ones that occur right before you fall asleep.
Meditation can be an effective way to relieve anxiety and tension, boost the immune system, help pain and increase the threshold, lessen depression, help with insomnia, maintain your health, keep your balance, and bring about a positive attitude. An experienced meditator will not flinch at loud sounds; not even a gunshot!
Two types of meditation are mindfulness and transcendental. Mindfulness meditation focuses mostly on the act of breathing in and out, and the experience that comes with it. It teaches you how to handle problems in life with ease and understanding. The goal of transcendental meditation is to reach a higher level of awareness. To get there most people say a mantra, which is the repetition of a certain word or phrase. While focusing on the mantra, you are least likely to pay attention to the stimuli around you.
During meditation it is suggested that you use certain breathing techniques (such as slow and rhythmic breathing) and certain postures. Meditationtechniques also include focusing on an object -like a candle flame- or even using your imagination to envision colors, lights , and energy flow.
Here’s an example: Close your eyes; Imagine a bright, blue light surrounding you. Now envision the light flowing into your feet, through your whole body, then flowing out of your fingertips…
Whatever type of meditation you decide to use, there are always certain guidelines to go by: Quiet Environment Posture Focus Open Attitude
Sources Website- NCCAM (National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine) Trulock, Allison. Zen Meditation Book. Pennsylvania: Running Press, 2006. Print. Wills, Pauline. Chakra Workbook. Massachusetts: Journey Editions, 2002. Print Artwork- Alex Grey