Sunday, March 1, 2009

Health Benefits of Meditation

Health benefits of mediation are well known. Meditation has been in practice for thousands of years. 
                                                                                                                      There are several forms of meditation. They can be categorized broadly into two main forms. The Zen based forms and the Hinduism based forms. Hinduism based forms practiced today called the concentrative meditation, focuses on the breath, an image or repetitive chanting of a mantra or a sound like “om”. 

Types of Meditation

There are different types of meditation some of the important one’s are

Concentration Meditation
Mindful Meditation
Reflective Meditation
Creative Meditation

Meditation for Relaxation

As you meditate your blood pressure and pulse rate come down. The nerves relax and are revitalized. You will feel a sense of deep relaxation. 

Meditation is to focus your mind on an object. When you meditate you will be oblivious to your surroundings. You will be seeing the object through your mind’s eye. Your mind will be totally focused on the object.

There are three stages in meditation. The initial concentration, getting absorbed (meditation). The third stage is that of deep absorption. To attain the last deep absorption stage it require quite a bit of practice. But it is definitely worth the trouble.

Your anxieties, troubles, fears will all melt away. Your mind and body will be totally refreshed. Regular practice of meditation will help you to concentrate better.

Meditation for Health

Meditation also will help reduce your blood pressure. For patients with hypertension, meditation can be used as a method to reduce their blood pressure. Meditation can cure patients with mild hypertension, and totally eliminate their dependence on drugs. As cardiovascular problems are one of the major causes of death in the world, meditation could go a long way in reducing such deaths.

Wear loose clothes. Sit in a quiet place. Close your eyes. Focus on a point or any object in your mind’s eye. Keep chanting the word ‘om’. Your mind will travel away from worries, anxiety and fear. You will feel peace and tranquility enveloping you.

Agitation, anxiety, fright, will make your breathing shallow. Meditation will make your breathing regular. Meditation will also help improve your concentration.

Meditation may even reduce your pain, as you totally focus your mind elsewhere.

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