Benefits of Meditation:
There are plenty of physical and psychological benefits to meditation. As the body rests, the heart rate lowers, as does the metabolic rate and stress is dramatically decreased. Many negative reactions related to stress are decreased or erased completely. Concentration is increased and memory is improved. Additionally, anxiety, depression, moodiness, and irritability are decreased while feelings of vitality, happiness, rejuvenation and emotional stability are improved.
There are many forms of meditation. It has its origins in the Eastern cultures. However, the West is quickly learning the benefits of this relaxing practice. Most people think of meditation as some guy sitting on a pillow, legs crossed, eyes closed, humming and repeating a mantra. However, meditation can be done while sitting on a chair, lying down, sitting at your desk, or just about anywhere.
While there are different types and styles of meditation, they have one thing in common: calming the chaotic and busy mind.
Concentrative Meditation is the most popular style of meditation. The person sits quietly and focuses their attention on the breath, known as "conscious breathing." This type of meditation is very good for relieving anxiety, stress, and distraction because it causes the person to focus and relax. To perform conscious breathing, sit in a chair or on a pillow on the floor. Close your eyes and breath in deeply through your mouth while saying to yourself, "I am breathing in." When you exhale through your nose (or mouth), say to yourself, "I am breathing out." Picture positivity being breathed in with each breath you take and negativity being expelled each time you exhale. Absorb yourself in the act of breathing in and out, think of nothing else.
The other type of meditation is Mindfulness Meditation. This type of meditation involves raising your awareness of all your feelings, images, thoughts, sounds, and smells that you encounter each day. However, you do not dwell on them or become involved in thinking about them. You just sit quietly and observe the activity of the mind without being drawn into reacting to it or becoming involved in negative reactions to it, such as depression or worry. Through this exploration, you will gain a clearer, calmer, state of mind that is non-reactive as opposed to bogged down in worry and depression.
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