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More About Meditation

Learning to meditate or making meditation apart of your daily life does not need to be difficult or time consuming. Meditation is simply relaxing deeply. It is the conscious process of turning your attention inward. Most of us pay attention to what's happening outside of us, but few pay close attention to what's happening within them. Because of this, we find ourselves attributing our happiness and suffering to the things around us and out of our control. Our happiness then becomes dependent on external circumstances.

Typically, your mind is focused on external objects: the way the house looks…the way those cookies smell…the sound of a dog barking.  Meditation isn't about forcing your mind to be quiet, but about experiencing the quiet that is already there. Even when your mind is filled with agitated thoughts, you still have access to the inner stillness and calm that always lies beneath the choppy surface of thought and emotion. Through meditation, we begin to deepen our awareness and focus on what's happening within us.

Meditating is an extremely effective way to get a deeper understanding of ourselves and the deeper dimensions of ourselves; but it also teaches us better ways of dealing with our daily problems. It gives you a moment to step away from what is happening and view it as an unbiased third party. This in turn allows you to feel less upset and emotional about problems and circumstances.

 

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By means of meditation we can learn to reduce stress, anxiety and depression; we can improve our power of concentration and develop a deeper meaning to life.  The brain waves of meditators show why they're healthier. Neuroscientists have found that meditators shift their brain activity to different areas of the cortex: brain waves in the stress-prone right frontal cortex move to the calmer left frontal cortex. In other words, they were calmer and happier than before.

The science behind meditation is proven, well documented, and continues to grow. The use of meditation in health care settings and for stress reduction is related to discoveries about the mind-body connection in health and illness, which have been made in Western medicine over the last 25 to 30 years. In that time, researchers have discovered that the mind and body are intimately connected. It is now known that thoughts, beliefs, emotions, and stress all have a great impact on health and illness. Meditation is one of a variety of so-called "self-regulatory practices" which individuals can learn to do for themselves to promote their own health and well-being. Research has shown that individuals who learn and practice meditation are likely to have a better health outcome than those who do not. In particular, research has shown that the ability to concentrate attention can promote deep relaxation in the body, and that the ability to be more mindful in each situation can help break the destructive habitual reactions.


How Meditation May Work

Practicing meditation has been shown to encourage changes in the body. By learning more about what goes on in the body during meditation, researchers hope to be able to identify diseases or conditions for which meditation might be useful.

Some types of meditation might work by affecting the autonomic (involuntary) nervous system. This system regulates many organs and muscles, controlling functions such as heartbeat, sweating, breathing, and digestion. It has two major parts:

  • The sympathetic nervous system helps mobilize the body for action. When a person is under stress, it produces the "fight-or-flight response": the heart rate and breathing rate go up and blood vessels narrow (restricting the flow of blood).
  • The parasympathetic nervous system causes the heart rate and breathing rate to slow down, the blood vessels to dilate (improving blood flow), and the flow of digestive juices increases.

It is thought that some types of meditation might work by reducing activity in the sympathetic nervous system and increasing activity in the parasympathetic nervous system.

 

What can I expect from practicing meditation on a daily basis?

  • To suffer less from unnecessary, unpleasant and frustrating trains of thought
  • Learn how to live in the present moment
  • Get in touch with your feelings, resulting in the ability to make the right choices for yourself and do what you really want to do
  • Become healthier and more energetic
  • Become a more pleasant and peaceful person because you feel better and can control your emotions and streams of thought better
  • Begin to realize that you are responsible for your own happiness and are no longer a victim of the circumstances in which you live

 

Benefits of Meditation

  • Increases feelings of peacefulness, calmness and relaxation
  • Provides deeper meaning to life
  • Boosts creativity
  • Increases happiness
  • Improves relationships
  • Regulates eating habits
  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Reduces depression
  • Reduces chronic pain


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