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Meditation, the ultimate form of relaxation

Discover what meditation can do for you.   2011-10-09

Meditation became popular in the UK in the 1970’s, and is now one of the established forms of alternative therapies. Meditation is popular because it helps settle and stabilise the mind, thereby eliminating negative energy from body and mind, producing positive energy instead. This results in a stillness, which enhances concentration and gives a feeling of inner peace which in today’s frantic world is a benefit to all of us. It frees the body from stress and if practiced regularly (10 minutes per day) it will show you the way to delve into a deep-seated level of relaxation and thoughtfulness, and consequently help you make decisive alterations in your life. Meditation has been proven to give a greater capacity to digest and build up experience, thus creating a sharper clearer mind and enhanced memory.

One of the notable aspects about meditation is that it is available to all people irrespective of religious beliefs or of no religion as it is purely about one’s consciousness and expanding one’s ability to reach deep inside our souls to obtain inner peace and tranquility. Meditation in not the latest and new-fangled therapy, it has been practiced by people of different cultures worldwide for thousands of years, to ease suffering and encourage healing.

Meditation can also develop a person’s spiritual passage, by sensing an enhanced connection to a higher power. Chakras or the seven energy centres, which originated in India are located throughout the body, and their function is to encourage the physical body which results in the development of our self consciousness. These chakras are not visible to the eye and need to be harnessed by a trained practitioner who will provide a clearer comprehension of how your body performs on an energetic level.

Learning how to unlock our consciousness, can be difficult at first, and therefore help can be sought from an expert (there are of course numerous books on meditation but the topic and choice is a ‘minefield’ and a recognised expert is preferable) initially to fully explain the meditation process. However, once the skills are acquired there are numerous health benefits and research has proven that meditation is a sound and effortless way to maintain equilibrium to your mental, physical and emotional condition.

Here are 10 health benefits of regular meditation

1. Lessens anxiety attacks as it reduces the levels of lactate in the blood. Lactate is a substance that is secreted by the muscles and it is a factor which contributes to suffering anxiety symptoms.

2. Increases serotonin which is responsible for controlling mood and behaviour. Low levels of serotonin are linked with headaches, insomnia and depression. Research has indicated that practicing meditation would reduce the reliance on antidepressants, and may assist with the reduction of potential depressive occurrences.

3. Diminishes stress and tension.

4. Assists with weight loss. This is achieved by taking control over yourself and utilizing your mind to curb patterns of overeating.

5. Helps ease Pre-menstrual tension.

6. Generates a condition of deep relaxation and an overall sense of wellbeing.

7. Develops self confidence, this is achieved by conveying a person’s deeper meaning of intention.

8. Helps maintain a normal blood pressure level by reducing stress which is one of the factors that contributes to high blood pressure and this can lead to a stroke or heart attack. Studies have indicated that meditation actually decreases heart and respiration rate and lowers blood pressure. The heart rate may actually reduce by up to 3 beats per minute for the duration of the meditation practice.

9. Enhances concentration and fortifies the mind. (A free mind makes you more productive, and assists in our ability to be creative.)

10. Improves one’s general dynamism for life, as not only does meditation ease the mind it also re-energizes the body, thus countering tension connected tiredness.

Meditating is also a very useful tool in reducing pain, and women in labour have reported that meditating which necessitates slow breathing markedly lessened the pain during child birth.

To fully realize the optimum beneficial effects of meditation it is imperative to ensure that the practice is combined with a good diet and exercise.

Whatever forms of meditation you practice, the most important point is to apply mindfulness continuously, and make a sustained effort. It is unrealistic to expect results from meditation within a short period of time. What is required is continuous sustained effort.

Dalai Lama