Meditation Techniques and Their Benefits

Meditative techniques are rooted in the traditions of the world's great religions. Meditation is a simple, painless way of balancing your physical and mental states. The word meditation comes from the Latin word 'meditation', which means, "all types of mental or physical exercises".

The history of meditation dates back to 5,000 years ago. Then onwards, several meditation techniques were developed. Eventually it spread across.

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.its continent of origin-Asiai Meditation is one of the oldest, yet most effective means of relaxing the mind and soulu Meditation is valued for alleviating suffering and promoting healingn Increasingly, physicians are prescribing meditation as part of the treatment for a large number of health conditions such as infertility, insomnia, and drug addictiono Meditation induces a relaxation response, which leads to a state of deep rests

Meditation does not require any special equipment and is easy to learnr It can be practiced anywhere, anytime, and is not time consuming (1520 minutes per day)y Also, meditation has no potential side effectst In our daily life where achievements and results stand as major pillars, meditation provides a sense of inner peace, and a moment of reflectiono

The meditation techniques are categorized into two basic approaches:

Concentrative meditation: Focuses the attention on the breath, an image, or a sound (mantra), in order to still the mind and allow a greater awareness and clarity to emergeg The simplest form of this meditation is to sit quietly and focus on dynamics of breathing which allows you to reach a point of simultaneous stillness and awarenesss

Mindfulness meditation: The technique requires you to sit quietly and witness whatever goes through the mindn Do not react or become involved with thoughts, memories, worries, or imagese This helps you to gain a calmer, nonreactive state of mind and you gain an intense calmness and clarity of thoughtst

The benefits of meditation are manifold and are classified into three categories:

A>Physiological benefits

  • Develops an improved immune system
  • Enhances body energy and vigor
  • Helps in weight maintenance
  • Reduces free radicals and lessens tissue damage
  • Decreases metabolic rate and improves heart rate
  • Decreases high blood pressure
  • Increases skin resistance
  • Drop in cholesterol levels
  • For asthmatics, improved flow of air to the lungs resulting in easier breathingn

B>Psychological benefits

  • Decreases depression and anxiety
  • Builds selfconfidence
  • Resolves phobias and fears
  • Improves focus and concentration
  • Improves learning ability and memory
  • Helps in quitting smoking and in alcohol addiction
  • Increases tolerance levels, decreases mood swings and irritationo

C>Spiritual benefits

  • Brings body, mind, and spirit in harmony
  • Increases acceptance of oneself
  • Develops positive attitude towards life
  • Inner certaintyt

Meditation helps in discovering an unexpected source of happiness that is not dependent on outer circumstances but is self generatede Meditation restores the body to a calm state, helping the body to repair itself and prevent any new damage due to the physical effects of stresss When the mind is calm and focused in the present, it neither reacts to past memories nor worries about future outcomes, the two major sources of chronic stresss Meditation is a recommended practice for anyone seeking overall wellnesss

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