The Benefits of Meditation
Kim The Power
Mindfulness meditation, which asks us to focus on our breath to facilitate awareness of the present moment, is another widely studied meditation technique. To get a more committed response to the benefits of meditation we have to turn to Taiwan. She writes: “Besides the benefits mentioned earlier, meditation results in improvement of hypertension, sleep disorders, headaches, heart rhythm disturbances, chronic pain– pain due to cancer, infertility and irritable bowel syndrome. Following meditation, mental and physical refreshment result– and benefits are cumulative with regular practice.”
Transcendental Meditation is another popular form of meditation.
The only expense you’ll have is a meditation mat, which isn’t especially necessary-at least from my experience. Personally, I can’t say enough great things about meditation. Let’s get to the science …
Recently, there’s an incredible quantity of science tied into the advantages of meditation. The research studies are unlimited and cover a range of meditative practices. On Transcendental Meditation alone (mantra repeating) there are over 500 studies. Some are more noteworthy that others. A study in the Japanese Journal of Public Health discovered that through Transcendental Meditation, commercial workers sleep enhanced and their smoking decreased. Another research study carried out at MERU Research Institute, in Buckinghamshire, England discovered that the length of time practicing the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi program associated with younger biological age and more youthful functional age.
Mindfulness meditation, which asks us to concentrate on our breath to help with awareness of today minute, is another extensively studied meditation method. After studying the impacts of 8-weeks of mindfulness meditation on individuals, a 2003 report in the Journal of Psychosomatic Medicine concluded: “A brief program in mindfulness meditation produces verifiable results on brain and immune function.” Remarkable, however relatively unclear. To get a more dedicated reaction to the benefits of meditation we have to turn to Taiwan. In 2002 their journal Chang Gung Medicine reported that “training in MM may be a cost-effective and clinically exceptional option to pain medication for the control of headaches with no underlying organic causes in highly inspired patients.”
Tension Reduction and Meditation
To answer this, other research has looked at the specifics of what occurs in the body during meditation. Scientists at the Maharishi School of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, discovered that meditation has a huge effect on tension reduction.
Having actually balanced cortisol levels is vital to mental and psychological health. Notification I say well balanced instead of none. We don’t want to totally eliminate cortisol. , if we did we ‘d be dead.. Even low cortisol levels can be dangerous. Not enough cortisol is the determining characteristic of Addison’s disease. John F. Kennedy had this condition, which he rejected passionately throughout his presidency. Yet throughout his term he controlled his levels through hydrocortisone (artificial cortisol). The reverse of JFK’s condition is called Cushings Syndrome. The five most common and obvious changes of this condition include; red face and puffy cheeks; excess fat surrounding the collar bones, muscle weakness, and high blood pressure. But we do not need to have Cushing’s Syndrome to be harmed by additional cortisol. The modifications we experience might be subtle variations of these. Plus, the changes brought on by excess cortisol are age reliant. Young people may stop growing and teens can establish acne. The fully grown among us aren’t safe either. Given that excess cortisol damages bone-tissue those over age 60 may develop fractures associated with osteoporosis. It’s obvious that if we can regulate cortisol, especially through a natural procedure, we owe it to ourselves to try.
Other Benefits of Meditation.
Regina Drueding, MD, is a meditation trainer at Life Circles in Utah, USA. She quotes the benefits of meditation as follows: “more energy, enhanced quality of sleep, decreased stress and anxiety, reduced chronological aging, enhanced concentration, enhanced visual acuity, increased awareness and heightened resistance.” She composes: “Besides the benefits mentioned previously, meditation lead to improvement of hypertension, sleep conditions, headaches, heart rhythm disruptions, chronic discomfort– pain due to cancer, infertility and irritable bowel syndrome. Following meditation, physical and psychological refreshment result– and advantages are cumulative with regular practice.”
How to Meditate
The experience of meditation is best, well … skilled. In a short article in New View magazine, Shippensburg University’s Dr. C. George Boeree explains the basics of Buddhist meditation.
Sit or kneel comfortably.
The hands are loose and open with the palms up, one atop the other and thumbs gently touching.
The Head is upright. Eyes may be closed or open. If open they should focus on your hands or an area nearby.
Starting meditators must count upwards to 10 on each exhale. Take it in an unwinded and natural way. Then begin again at one and repeat. Continue to breathe naturally. Continue for 15 minutes.
In my individual experience, I do not find that the specific length of time is as crucial as repetition and perseverance. To paraphrase, 10 minutes day-to-day beats 15 minutes once a week. This brings me to another point: We all have different characters and as such, different meditation methods match some more than others. Luckily there are many varieties of meditation. Some varieties have sub-varieties.
Mindfulness meditation is one of these versatile practices. Maybe it’s due to the fact that its essence-awareness of today’s moment is so versatile. Mindfulness in our daily life can be practiced by decreasing and attending to our surroundings. What are our 5 senses telling us? We can use mindfulness in the middle of a chaotic day, such as focusing on our breathing when stopped at traffic control. We can also utilize other everyday occasions as triggers for mindfulness. Buckling your seatbelt? Make this a suggestion to go back to the present. Actually think of what you’re doing and the details of the experience.
The more conventional may benefit from a more formal mindfulness practice. You might sit in the similar kind as in standard Buddhist meditation- on a chair or kneeling. Focus on your breath and permit mental chatter to float by without regard.
Transcendental Meditation is another popular type of meditation. Usually, this type is practiced two times daily for a duration of 15-20 minutes. Once again, this technique involves sitting comfortably. Yet in contrast to fundamental Buddhist the eyes stay closed. Each trainee is provided a mantra and is advised to cause relaxation through the use of this mantra. Since many either can’t or won’t go to an official TM class, a no-fail mantra I recommend is the traditional OM. In The Heart of Yoga, T.K.V Desikachar writes that repetition of “OM” allows us to preserve emotional and mental peace, conquer barriers and allow understanding. It is the quickest of the mantras and is said to be suggestive of God. If you’re uneasy with the spiritual elements of OM I recommend a word that has positive meaning for you, such as calm, love, or peace. Calm is an ideal replacement, given that vocally it resembles OM.
You may never ever, ever select to practice meditation. Yet if this is your option it may be important to question why. For a long time, I hesitated because of pictures of the dropout hippie ’60s. When I tried it the experience overcame my reservations. If you attempt it the exact same might take place to you. If it doesn’t you have not lost any money, and you’ve got a new experience.
Getting in the Gap: Making Conscious Contact with God Through Meditation (Hay House Inc., 2003).
The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh (Beacon Press, 1975).