Article by Alexander Fraser
Meditation is a great way to relax, relieve stress, and achieve a higher consciousness. It has effects on both the mind and body. Physical effects such as lower blood pressure and reduced heart rate are profound, yet what is really amazing is that it has been found that people who meditate actually have greater amounts of grey matter in their brains. It has even been shown that meditators have slightly larger brains
Meditation can be performed virtually anywhere, but Gurus have suggested that you pick out a spot where you feel very relaxed. Many people choose a particular room in their house or a particular place within a room. Some people like to meditate outdoors like in the forest or on the beach.
Personally, I like to meditate with some incense burning and in the lotus position, sitting with the neck and back straight. As far as the length of meditation, there are many who like to meditate on a regular basis, 20 minutes a day. I like to meditate 20 to 30 minutes a day. After meditation I feel very relaxed, have less stress, and actually, quite surprisingly, feel more confident.
Here are 6 suggested steps to meditation:1. Posture – Sit up with your back straight and your neck straight.2. Breathing Pattern – Focus on taking deep, slow, rhythmic breaths.3. The Objective Observer – Detach yourself from your mind’s conscious activity.4. The Silent Mind – Focus on clearing your thoughts and achieving a state of inner quiet and harmony.5. Oneness – Reactivate your mind and direct its attention to the connections that exist between yourself and the rest of the world.6. Sharing Your Happiness – Take your serenity and inner awareness and wish well on others around you.
One of the most amazing aspects of meditation is its healing abilities. The use of meditation for healing does not require the ingestion of any medications and relies only on the individual’s mind which can be finely tuned to achieve the desired effects on both mind and body.
The purpose of meditation is to transce nd normal thinking to achieve a higher consciousness, achieve a relaxed state of mind, and be able to clearly focus. Although there are many different types of meditation, the common denominator that exists amongst them all is the discipline involved. Many who meditate use it as part of their religion while others look at it as being more health related.
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About the Author
My name is Alex Fraser and I live in Owatonna, Minnesota. I like reading, downhill skiing, and of course meditation I actually haven’t been at it very long but am slowly but surely improving my techniques of relaxation and inner peace