Meditation has been defined in many different ways over the years. Personally, I like to think of meditation as mind training – training the mind to assist in living a mindful life. A good way to think of the mind is to consider it in the same way you do your body. You wouldn’t put your body through the torment of a game of sport without some training. A good few sessions at the gym, perhaps? Why don’t we think of our mind in the same way? Shouldn’t it be given a work out before it has to operate in this challenging thing we call ‘life’.
Meditation is a way of preparing your mind for life, a life that can sometimes be very stressful and difficult. Life becomes so much more manageable when you have a mind well trained and prepared for whatever comes your way.
The term meditation refers to a broad variety of practices that includes techniques designed to promote relaxation, build internal energy or life force, develop compassion, love, patience, generosity and forgiveness.
Healing – decreased blood pressure and hypertension, lower cholesterol levels, improved immunity, reduced anxiety, and many more.
Reducing stress and burnout – regular meditation dissipates accumulated stress and cultivates a state of restful alertness.
Enhancing your concentration, memory and ability to learn – meditation is a powerful tool for awakening new neural connections and even transforming regions of the brain.
Helping you to create more loving, harmonious relationships – when you’re feeling balanced and centered, it is much easier to respond with awareness rather than react and say something that you’ll later regret.
Improving your creativity and problem solving skills – we each have an estimated 60,000 to 80,000 thoughts a day – unfortunately, many of them are the same thoughts we had yesterday, last week, and last year. Meditation is a powerful practice for going beyond habitual, conditioned thought patterns into a state of expanded awareness.
Decreasing depression, anxiety and insomnia – the deep state of rest produced by meditation triggers the brain to release neurotransmitters, including dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, and endorphins. Each of these naturally occurring brain chemicals has been linked to different aspects of happiness.
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