The mind is given to you, you are not given to the mind
What is meditation?
Many people have an uninformed view of meditation and wonder, “What is
meditation and what good can it do me?” While some people may have visions of
monks in far off lands sitting together in silence when they think about
meditation. Meditation is actually becoming a practice that is quite popular in
the Western world among people from all walks of life. If you are not familiar
with meditation, you may still be wondering, “What is meditation?” Essentially,
the answer to the question is a simple one. Meditation is an approach that
anyone can use to help them cope with medical problems, stress, and anxiety by
way of thought, contemplation, and reflection.
Meditation encompasses a variety of practices that are somewhat
different, while holding to the basic principles of consideration and quiet
thought to bring about a state of rumination. Various types of meditation that
are recognized include transcendental meditation, prayer, Zen meditation,
Taoist meditation, mindfulness meditation, and Buddhist meditation. Some
methods of meditation may require the body being absolutely still or to be
moved with controlled deliberation, while other types allow for free movement
of the body. While the methods are different, the end goal of all types of
meditation leads to a mind that is quieted and free from stress by the use of
quiet contemplation and reflection.
Along with the question “What is
Meditation,” you may also wonder, “What benefits can be experienced by using
meditation regularly?” There are a variety of benefits that have been linked
with the regular practice of meditation. Meditation can bring about healing of
both the body and the mind by using deliberation of thought and consideration.
There are various physical benefits that can be experienced when meditation is
made to be a part of daily life. Some physical benefits of meditation include a
decrease in blood pressure and an improvement in breathing due to the increase
of air flow that gets to the lungs. Those who use meditation regularly also
find that their resting heart rate is lower as well, which takes some of the
stress off the heart. Chemicals in the body that are associated with stress are
lower as well, which leads to less anxiety. Meditation also promotes youthful
skin and a youthful appearance.
Meditation is a practice that brings about not only physical benefits,
but psychological benefits as well. Bringing oneself to a state of rumination
through meditation has amazing effects on the psych of a person. Relaxation and
a decrease in stress are rather obvious benefits, but many people do not
realize that meditation can also improve moods and memory and decrease
moodiness and depression.
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