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PostSubject: Meditation - Not Just for Spiritual Awakening   Fri Oct 29, 2010 9:44 pm

Meditation - Not Just for Spiritual Awakening

In Eastern countries, it is often conceived that meditation is when a person sits inside an array of candles and hums or say mantras. However, more recently such conceptions have been changed as meditation offers too many benefits for the people who are practicing it. But there is more to meditation aside from the serenity it brings to a person; it is believed to be one of the ways to enliven the spirit to spiritual awakening.

Meditation has been taught in different schools which teach their students different techniques and styles of focus to fathom the deeper peace inside the person. There have been techniques which specialized on the background perception while some set their focus on a certain object and drift away to the inner self. These meditative techniques are known to be effective in this field.

Meditation is a popular way to relieve stress, calm the mind and relax the body. With simple techniques, people can enjoy the benefits of meditation every day. Generally, it is really helpful not only because it brings peace to the mind but also, it is therapeutic in nature. Aside from that, the concentration of a person is increased to bring more focus in life. Decision-making would appear to be easier for person who practices it.

Meditation has countless benefits to offer, most of them are related to health like better blood circulation to stabilize blood pressure which is really beneficial to hypertensive people, it also reduces the risk of anxiety attacks and stress, prevention from arthritis and other chronic diseases is also offered by meditation and people who are newly operated on can also enjoy the benefits of meditation to hasten healing of the body.

Perhaps, one of the greatest benefits of meditation is that one can truly listen to his inner self and be free from all the noise of the world as well as get separated from the pressures in his or her life. While listening to the inner self can be beneficial, it is also the way to be able to understand and listen to the higher self. People who can deeply listen to their inner selves will be able to develop genuine happiness, fulfillment and guidance towards a healthy living.

Meditation can be best practiced in a place where peace abides. In fact, there are religions which advocate the practice of meditation; they tend to develop techniques and introduced them to their advocates. However, techniques and methods which are taught are not as important as the reason behind why meditation is being practiced.

Being focused and the ability to control one’s attention are required in meditation as there are too much distractions and noise all around. These will enable the person to set attention to a certain object to attain or arrive at yet another state of “one-pointedness.” This state, however, can only be attained by doing and mastering meditation which would take years and years of faithful practice.

Spiritual bliss is a state where one can truly experience peace and happiness; this is far too different from the state which can be experienced in the physical world. One-pointedness is needed to arrive at such state, however, it is only in meditation that spiritual bliss can be discovered. It is believed to be yet another deep spiritual experience or the so-called spiritual awakening which connects one to the Supreme Being. It is far too different from the physical world which everyone sees, feel or touch.

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PostSubject: Re: Meditation - Not Just for Spiritual Awakening   Fri Oct 29, 2010 9:49 pm

Meditation has long been used as an effective weapon against pain. There are those who praise its benefits. Some may consider it as worship or prayer. To most, meditation means awareness. Sensing each breath is meditation; listening to nature is meditation. As long as these activities are free from any other distraction to the mind, it is effective meditation. Websters defines meditation as "the emptying of the mind of thoughts, or the concentration of the mind on one thing, in order to aid mental or spiritual development, contemplation, or relaxation or the act of thinking about something carefully, calmly, seriously, and for some time, or an instance of such thinking."

Meditation describes a state of consciousness, when the mind is free of scattered thoughts and various patterns. The observer (one who is doing meditation) realizes that all the activity of the mind is reduced to one.

The word meditation, is derived from two Latin words: meditari (to think, to dwell upon, to exercise the mind) and mederi (to heal). Its Sanskrit derivation 'medha' means wisdom.

Many years ago meditation was considered something just not meant for modern people, but now it has become very popular with all types of people. Published scientific and medical evidence has proved its benefits, but it still needs to be much understood.

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PostSubject: Re: Meditation - Not Just for Spiritual Awakening   Fri Oct 29, 2010 9:54 pm



# Lowered levels of cortisol and lactate (two chemicals associated with stress and weight increase)
# Deep rest (decreased metabolic rate, lower heart rate, reduced work load of the heart)
# Reduction of free radicals (unstable oxygen molecules that can cause tissue damage, a major factor in aging and in many diseases)
# Decreased high blood pressure and cholesterol levels (both associated with cardiovascular disease)
# Improved flow of air to the lungs (easier breathing; very helpful to asthma patients and people with respiratory allergies)
# Younger biological age (long-term meditation is associated with having a younger-than-chronological age)

# Decreased negative effects of stress, mild depression and anxiety
# Decreased irritability and moodiness
# Feelings of wellbeing and vitality (meditators are calmer and happier)
# Greater creativity
# Improved reasoning, learning ability and memory
# Personal insights, rejuvenation and emotional stability

# Strengthening of Intuitive capability
# Experience an inner sense of "Assurance or Knowingness"
# Experience a sense of "Oneness"
# Heightened sense of "Unconditional Love"
# Deeper understanding of "The Infinite"
# Overall experience of "Well Being"
# Enhanced Psychic abilities
# Deeper understanding and fulfillment of "Purpose"
# A sense of "completion"

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