Thursday, 20 June 2013

MEDITATION


 With the hectic pace of modern life, many people feel stressed and over-worked. Accumulated stress is the cause of illness. By eliminating stress, you allow your mind to calm down thereby allowing the body to function with maximum effectiveness. Meditation is the best tool to overcome stress. Meditation is a self healing process. Deeper the meditation, the deeper would be the healing. Meditation helps an individual overcome negative emotions to facilitate a calm peaceful mind and a healthy and stress free body. If we don’t attend to the disease of the mind we may find that stress can lead to disease of the body. You can practice meditation wherever you are — whether you’re out for a walk, riding the bus, or even in the middle of a difficult business meeting. Meditation techniques involve a process of transforming yourself, your thoughts, and recognizing the negative thoughts, and changing them into positive ones.
 The different types of meditation are:
  • Guided meditation. In this method you form mental images of places or situations you find relaxing. Try to use as many senses as possible, such as smells, sights, sounds and textures. You may be led through this process by a guide.
  • Mantra meditation. In this type of meditation, you silently repeat a calming word as a chant, to prevent distracting thoughts.
  • Mindfulness meditation is about focusing on what is happening around you and being aware of your thoughts and feelings during the process of meditating. Be open to your true feelings but don’t judge your thoughts. You can start by watching your breath and then move your attention to the thoughts in your mind and even the sounds and sights surrounding you. The bottom line is not to analyse or judge anything.
  • Transcendental meditation. You use a mantra, such as a word, sound or phrase repeatedly silently, to eliminate all thoughts from your mind. You focus only on your mantra to achieve a state of perfect stillness.
  • Yoga. You perform a series of postures with controlled breathing exercises to promote a flexible body and a calm mind. As you move through poses that require a lot of concentration, you focus less on your problems and more on the moment.
  • Walking Meditation.  Walking Meditation, as the name tells, involves walking. You just have to focus on your feet while walking.
Benefits of Meditation: Meditation Lowers blood pressure, improves the immune system, increases body vitality, controls insomnia and improves the overall health of the body. It contributes towards emotional stability, reduced anger, developed intuition, peace of mind, induces ability to focus, and reduces stress. Most importantly meditation brings about harmony and realization of self.

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