thoughts & ponderings
Is it possible that you could do more for your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health by doing less, taking time to slow down the body and mind?
For many meditation is the key to a balanced life. However, some people feel that they are unable to meditate because they don't really understand what meditation is. So what is meditation?
A relatively broad definition of meditation is that it is the practice of focusing the mind and attention inward on a particular thought, sound, image, feeling or object.
There are many techniques of meditation which can be used for gaining insight from issues in the day to day mundane world to finding answers to questions of the highest spiritual sense. But whatever the reason for meditating, it seems that science and spirit have found a comfortable place of agreement when it comes to meditation.
Numerous benefits have now been recognised for incorporating meditation into your life as a daily practice. It has been long known in Eastern cultures that meditation assists us to achieve harmony and balance in our everyday lives. Now science is catching up and is proving the effects meditation has on the body and mind and the fact that it does indeed safely assist us achieve balance and harmony physically, mentally and emotionally.
One of the most important roles meditation can play in our lives is to relieve stress. Stress is experienced in our day to day lives and when this occurs we respond with the characteristic 'fight or flight response'. When this happens our bodies produce a higher level of chemicals like adrenaline, cortisol and noradrenaline. In our modern times we often experience this survival response but don't confront the situation which leaves us in a permanent state of stress.
As little as ten minutes of meditation per day can help give you a life that is more calm, peaceful and relaxed.
Some other benefits of meditation are;
These are just to mention some of the ways your life can be improved with meditation. Why don't you try it for yourself and see how your life changes.
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