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Some of The Benefits of Meditation

Re-posted from Michelle's Weebly blog

Many people are talking about the benefits of meditation, including doctors and psychologists all over the world. But, there are so many forms of meditation, that it can be a bit overwhelming to newcomers! It is actually a very simple practice to incorporate into your life and doesn't have to take a lot of time. First of all, what is meditation really? It is basically any mindful practice that assists in relaxation and mental, emotional, and/or spiritual clarity and focus. Some forms include movement. Other forms involve sitting or laying down. It can be guided by a CD or meditation teacher. Or, alternately, it can be very free-form. In a deep meditative state, one is completely relaxed, yet still aware, much like being in a hypnotic or trance state and very similar to the time before we begin dreaming during sleep (Theta wave phase) . I won't get into all the different types of meditation here...that is for another blog. But, the benefits of spending this time each day or at least a few times a week are many! Regular meditation reduces stress, increases immune system functioning and ability to focus, reduces blood pressure and inflammation, can help with pain management and getting better sleep at night, and gives a general feeling of wellness that permeates our whole outlook on life. Some easy forms of meditation that you can try without any assistance at all are closing your eyes and taking deep, slow breaths while imagining with all your senses a place you have visited in nature that you enjoyed. You can also visualize with every exhale that the tension or pain in your body is leaving with each breath you exhale. Or, you can simply put on a relaxation or classical music CD, close your eyes, and imagine yourself drifting along to the sound of the music. Prayer also counts as a highly effective form of meditation! It is not a difficult practice to begin. There are many styles to suit peoples' individual needs, too. Some modalities are intellectual and emotional. Others are more spiritual in nature. There is really something for everyone. So, what are you waiting for? Why not give it a try? Want to try a brief, free meditation on our website or learn about our meditation workshops and classes? Then, please just click this link: Want to learn more about meditation in general, then please don't hesitate tocontact us.

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