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Meditation Anyone?

Topic: Health & Fitness

Author:
Sheri Goddard (Click on authors name for bio)

Posted: Saturday, June 19th 2010

 

For thousands of years and in many cultures, wise men and women have practiced daily meditation as a way of cooperating with the body’s inner healing wisdom and living life in a more continually rejuvenated state.

By the late part of the 20th century, as medical instruments evolved, scientists began to be interested in measuring the physiological changes caused by meditation.

Over time, researchers found that meditation seems to boost health in general and contributes measurably to the management and healing of many ailments:
addictions, allergies, anxiety, arthritis, asthma, back pain, cancer, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic fatigue, eating disorders, gastrointestinal problems, headaches, immune system disorders, heart disease, hypertension, infertility, insomnia, menopause, muscle tension, skin problems, and tinnitus.

Again, in different studies, meditation has been found to aid in treating symptoms preventing relapses and helping the body to heal itself.

Meditation is something the body and mind naturally want to do and anyone who wants to can do it with little instruction.

HOW CAN ONE SIMPLE PRACTICE, IN WHICH A PERSON SITS FOR 20 MINS. TO HALF AN HOUR, WITH THE EYES CLOSED, THINKING OF SOMETHING PLEASANT, PRODUCE ALL THESE DIVERSE BENEFITS?

It turns out that when you meditate, within several minutes the body becomes more restful than in deep sleep and the muscles become very relaxed, yet you are awake and alert inside.

These conditions allow the nerves and the body to let go of stress and fatigue. The relaxation and sense of ease carry over for hours after meditation, contributing to a more centered and healthy approach to life.

Doctors have known for decades that human illness is stress related, meaning that chronic stress will make existing medical conditions worse.

When scientists have tested meditators they have found that within a couple of minutes their instruments detect a whole set of physiological changes:

metabolic rate, blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and stress hormones circulating in the blood, all decrease.

This is the mirror response of what happens when we are scared or stressed; in the stress response, all of those indexes increase.

It makes sense then that meditation is a good way to help the body restore itself from the wear and tear caused by stress.

Duing meditation, even though overall there is a great deal of relaxation, the brain is very busy.  The paradox is you can’t relax without letting go of tension, and in letting go of tension, you remember all the things you were tense about!

Be gentle with yourself.  When thoughts come, let them come and let them GO.

Whatever thoughts, sensations or emotions you have been holding by staying tense, are free to flood your awareness and be dealt with.  Meditation is a highly alert state, so you often find yourself shifting every few seconds between rest and anxiety, until your system works out just the right balance between ease, excitement
and alarm to handle the various challenges in your life, including  relationships and any medical conditions.

Meditation is definately NOT a state of inner blankness.  Even though everyone wants the mind to quiet itself completely, it almost never happens.  That is okay.  You will still receive  benefits.

It is important to develop a meditation that suits you.  Try to be consistent to develop the habit of sitting and focusing on something pleasant.  You can listen to a guided meditation to take you through the process.  You can focus on nature, the sound of running water, colors, your breath, a word, a picture in your mind, Source energy going all through your body in a cleansing way removing any negativity, imbalances, hurt, pain, etc.

Find what works for you and try to do it for at least 21 days to develop the habit.  Then see how it has positively affected all areas of your life.

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