Article by Dr. Robert Puff
The modern world that we live in is fast-paced, very competitive and is also filled with many dangers. It is no wonder that our stress levels are often pushed to the limit, and many of us suffer from anxiety and chronic fatigue because of this. If you find yourself having to deal with stress on a daily basis, and often feel incapable of keeping up with the demands of daily life, try introducing something positive in your life like meditation. A few minutes a day spent in meditation can actually help you feel calmer and more in control.
When some people hear the word, “meditation”, it often conjures images of the mystical in their minds. Some tend to associate this with a mind over body experience, that others may find quite extreme, that they would not even give meditation a try. These days, meditation is simply considered as a tool for relaxation and anxiety reduction. It is an inexpensive method of relaxation that anyone can engage in even without any special tools. It can even be practiced anywhere at any time.
Simply put, meditation is the process of focusing your attention on a particular thought or object and distancing yourself from the maze of thoughts that fill your mind which may be causing you stress and anxiety. While meditating, you would be able to connect to the inner you and help you unload the negative thoughts that can pull you lower and cause you to be tired all day.
There are five popular methods of meditating. These include mindfulness meditation, guided meditation, mantra, Qi gong and yoga.
Mindfulness meditation encourages you to be more aware of what you are experiencing during meditation. You are allowed to recognize your fears and other emotions, without passing judgment on them.
Guided meditation encourages you to relax through the use of images, sounds and smells that you often associate with calmness. This is done with the assistance of a teacher who would guide you through the activity.
M antra me ditation allows you to experience calm and relaxation by repeating a thought or a phrase. It is the monotony of the phrase being repeated that can trigger a sense of relaxation of the mind and body.
Qi Gong is a combination of physical exercises and breathing that originated in China, but is now being practiced in other parts of the world. Its objective is to produce a sense of relaxation while working on the body’s balance.
Yoga is a popular form of meditation which practices controlled breathing exercises while performing various postures that can make the body fluid and the mind clear. The movements take the mind off what is causing your stress, thus contributing to a relaxed state.
There is a growing number of scientific researches that prove the health benefits of meditation. These benefits include positive effects on high blood pressure, heart disease, anxiety disorders, fatigue, depression, pain and sleep disorders.
You can integrate a few minutes of meditation in your life every day and you will notice a change in the way you deal with every day situations. Try dedicating a few minutes of your time to meditation. You can reach calm and relaxation that will enable you to face your day with more energy and a more positive mental attitude. About the Author
Dr. Robert Puff, Ph.D. is a meditation expert, international speaker and the creator of the weekly Meditation For Health Podcast, available at http://www.MeditationForHealthPodcast.com. He also co-host, with Elizabeth Cappellettti, M.A., the weekly TV and web-show entitled The Holistic Success Show, which can watch at http://www.HolisticHealth.TV. Both the podcast and show are free for listening and viewing worldwide.