Leading a Stress Free Life with Daily Meditation

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Leading a Stress Free Life with Daily Meditation

Practitioners of Hinduism and Buddhism practiced meditation in order to attain a higher spiritual state. Aside from these two major religions, there are others that incorporate meditation to their teaching. The basic tenets of these religions specify meditative practice as an important component of the daily exercise of faith and devotion to their gods and deities. Meditation is both a means of honoring the traditions of the religion and a way to better oneself, particularly in terms of controlling the impulses and patterns that lead to negative and unproductive habits. It is also something that can be able to control the thoughts of one person. Thus it is being used today as means to cure impending mental issues.

Meditation may mean two different things to two people, depending on where and how they learned to meditate. Meanwhile, the primary purpose of meditation is shared by the many different approaches, and that is attaining a higher level of consciousness. This altered state is a means of transforming and changing the mind such that it becomes calm and focused all the time.

Ways to meditate

Meditation is easier said than done. There are some who devote their time to studying this practice. Still, many of the techniques require very little in terms of materials and resources. For instance, in techniques that is aimed at focusing one’s attention, the only requirement is a quiet place and an object that the person can pay attention to. The latter may even not be necessary if the practitioner chooses to focus instead on a mantra or his own breathing pattern.

There are two other important elements of meditation, and these are universal requirements no matter which technique is to be performed. First of all, the setting must be as quiet as possible, especially for those who are just starting out. A quiet setting does not only refer to the ambient noise, but also to a lack of distractions such as modern gadgets, television, and reading materials. In terms of body position, the familiar lotus position, which requires that person be comfortably seated, is the most popular body posture that is associated with meditation. However, meditation may also be performed while lying down in supine or even when walking. As a person develops skill in entering the meditative state, he or she can meditate while on the move or in noisy and highly stressful environments. Practicing meditation regularly allows a person to “escape” the chaos of traffic, a long line at the grocery store, or an all-day meeting. The key to meditation is for the person to find a level of physical comfort which allows him to direct his mind toward the task at hand.

Meditation and breathing

Breathing plays an important role in meditative practice. In fact, mastering a specific breathing pattern is central to the correct performance of many meditation techniques. The objective of the slow, deep, and diaphragmatic breathing pattern that is taught to meditation novices is to improve breathing efficiency by promoting the use of the diaphragm. The diaphragm is the primary muscle of respiration and using it is the most effective way to breathe, bringing an adequate amount of oxygen to all the cells of the body. This part of meditation is said to heal. Most people are unaware that their breathing pattern is not relaxed and efficient. Instead of the diaphragm, they are mostly using muscles of the shoulders, neck, ribs to breathe, which are accessory muscles of respiration. The process is not that hard to master. There are classes that are being offered that can help in mastering the proper techniques of breathing.

 

Meditation is the Solution to Modern Day Stress Related Problems

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Meditation is the Solution to Modern Day Stress Related Problems

For thousands of years, religious leaders, priests, and monks have used meditation as they search for salvation, revelation, and enlightenment. Now, ordinary people who want to attain inner peace can utilize the same principles and through meditation be better equipped to deal with the everyday stresses they face. There are many benefits of meditation and it includes the removal of stress from the body. This is the reason why a lot of people considering this practice.

The original purpose of meditation, when it was solely practiced for religion related tradition, was to facilitate the attainment of a deeper spiritual state as well as an understanding of the mysteries of faith. Today, meditation is a scientifically proven method of inducing mind and body relaxation, benefiting people of all ages and cultural affiliation.

How regular meditation helps

Meditation is a means of attaining calm and tranquility. There are so many meditation techniques available to people who want to de-stress and relax. Anyone who knows what to do to meditate can perform meditation anytime and anywhere. These days, you can meditate while participating in a meeting, going out for a walk, waiting in line or riding the subway. There are also classes specifically for the purpose of teaching people how to mediate the right way. It involves breathing exercises and proper posture.

One of the ways that meditation benefits practitioners is the way that it produces a deep state of relaxation, which enables the person to focus and attend to one thought or object. With the different techniques of meditative practice available to everyone, it is now possible to eliminate chaotic thoughts and the usual mind clutter that leads to frustration and confusion. The mind is often crowded by nagging worries and negative emotions, which affect a person’s judgment. It also involves problems the world has offer. Meditation succeeds where other approaches fails. Since it has been introduced to the West, meditative practices have benefited millions of people who lead happier lives because they are better equipped to deal with any challenge they encounter.

The anti-stress antidote

When the human body is subjected to either psychological or physical stresses, there are physical changes that occur that negatively impact the body. The fight-or-flight response kicks in. This is the body’s way of preparing the person to “survive” the situation. This physiologic response can be harmful when the stress is applied continuously, like what happens to people who live a stressful lifestyle. It is therefore not surprising that the incidence of heart disease, hypertension, and other diseases due in part to stress is increasing in modern society.

Western medicine is successful in alleviating these conditions and improving quality of life, but only to a certain degree. Moreover, some people are looking for other ways, or alternative approaches to help them deal with stress and make themselves much more capable of dealing with any situation that arises without kicking into high gear all the time.

Scientific studies have shown that meditation has the opposite effect as the fight-or-flight response. Based on research, the following are the physiological effects of meditation: lowered muscle tension, decrease in blood pressure, heart rate, and respiratory rate, as well as lowered oxygen consumption. These effects are proven to be very good for the body.

These are the immediate psychological benefits of practicing meditation regularly. Based on this data, meditation may well be the “de-stressing agent” that people are looking for. Practicing meditation is therefore an effective approach to promoting emotional balance as well as overall good health. Experts today recommend it as a way to deal with stress and to lessen the symptoms of some body ailments.