"Importantance of Meditation"
Meditation a term which we all are familiar with but let's get deep into it. Meditation is practiced in numerous religious traditions.
Meditation a term which we all are familiar with but let's get deep into it. Meditation is practiced in numerous religious traditions. The earliest records of meditation are found in the Vedas, and it emulates a salient role in Hinduism and Buddhism values. Since the 19th century, meditative techniques have spread to other cultures. So, therefore, is considered a part of healthy life
Usually, we wrongly interpret meditation and yoga. It is very important to know that Meditation is a part of yoga. Yoga is a movement to prepare one’s body to do more formal types of meditation. Yoga is also said to be a way of exercise and when practiced gives all-around benefits. Whereas Meditation is a part of yoga, which deals with mental relaxation and concentration. Meditation is more focused on one’s thoughts and breath. Being aware of breathing and maintaining it with practicing yoga automatically controls the thought process and thus relaxes the mind completely.
Meditation and Yoga are interrelated. Thus if you’re not meditating you’re not practicing yoga. Although there apart from yoga there are different ways in which you can meditate.
Different kinds of meditation
• CONCENTRATION MEDITATION
Concentration meditation involves focusing on a single point. This could entail following the breath, repeating a single word or mantra, staring at a candle flame, listening to a repetitive gong, or counting beads on a mala. Since focusing the mind is challenging, a beginner might meditate for only a few minutes and then work up to longer durations.
In this form of meditation, you simply refocus your awareness on the chosen object of attention each time you notice your mind wandering. Rather than pursuing random thoughts, you simply let them go. Through this process, your ability to concentrate improves.
• MINDFULNESS MEDITATION
Mindfulness meditation encourages one to observe his one going thoughts as they drift through the mind. The intention is not to get involved with the thoughts but simply to be aware of each mental note as it arises.
• OTHER MEDITATION TECHNIQUES
There are various other meditation techniques. For example, a daily meditation practice involves envisioning negative events and recasting them in a positive way. Apart from this there are also moving meditation techniques, such as walking, etc.
HOW TO MEDITATE: SIMPLE MEDITATION FOR BEGINNERS
How you meditate also plays a vital role in a way that how it affects you. There are different techniques to meditate but the most common and preferred one is while doing yoga.
In Yoga there are five classical sitting positions for meditation:
- Sukhasana – Comfortable Pose (cross-legged)
- Siddhasana – Pose of the Adept
- Vajrasana – Sitting on the Heels
- Ardha Padmasana – Half-Lotus
- Padmasana – Lotus
• With all suitable sitting positions for Meditation, it is necessary to make sure that:
- The upper body is straight and erect
- Head, neck, and back are in alignment
- Shoulder and abdominal muscles are relaxed
- The hands rest on the knees
- The eyes are closed
- The body remains motionless during the practice.
- You must sit or lie comfortably.
- Make no effort to control the breath; simply breathe naturally.
- Focus your attention on the breath and on how the body moves with each inhalation and exhalation. Notice the movement of your body as you breathe. Simply focus your attention on your breath without controlling its pace or intensity. Your focus must be on your breath.
- Maintain this meditation practice for two to three minutes to start, and then try it for longer periods.
BENEFITS OF MEDITATION
Mediation and Mind
Meditation brings mindfulness and brings attention to our emotions. Thus inculcates a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state. Meditation subconsciously reduces stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions and enhances peace, perception, thought process, and one’s well-being.
Meditation and illness
Meditation has also been useful in various medical condition, especially one that may be affected by stress. Yog Gurus suggests that meditation is an effective way in minoring health problems and prevent some of them from entering our body system.
Some research suggests that meditation may help people manage symptoms of conditions such as:
- Chronic pain
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Sleep problems
- Tension headaches
Altogether meditation isn’t a replacement for medication. But it is useful in different ways and has diversely affected our body in a very positive way.
Meditation is being practiced since ancient times and has many scientifically proven benefits to both physical and mental health and well-being. Because of its benefits, it holds room for the application of meditation practices in the modern health care system for treating a variety of different symptoms involved in physical and mental conditions.
The mind has control of our being; thus, a peaceful mind and mindfulness affect our body in different ways. Therefore, calming becomes a vital thing in which meditation is proving to be a beneficial one.
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