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Meditation is often known as something helpful yet confusing. Whether you are new to the idea of centering the mind through regular meditation sessions or a stranger to the concept, a few realizations may help the overall experience. Some points may show you the practice is not all you imagined or just exactly what you always thought.
The literal translation of a mantra is “mind vehicle.” Those who meditate sometimes use this technique to help focus the mind. An important note is to realize that a mantra does not have to be a group of words by which to live. Other tools that help in focusing the mind may even include specific sounds or paying attention to breath.
A Blank Mind
Those who meditate should realize that the mind does not necessarily need to be blank. It is natural that some thoughts will remain. It is most important to use the tools that will help you to achieve the greatest level of focus.
Choose the body form that feels most comfortable. Media images of meditation may include crossed legs and thumbs to index fingers, but that is not a requirement. Try sitting upright or on something comfortable until you figure out what will be best for you.
Meditation = Sleepy-time
Many people will cite falling asleep during a meditation session. Sleep should not be the goal but should be embraced if it occurs. The short nap that occurs could even feel especially rejuvenating. If sleep is something you are adamant about avoiding during meditation time, there are tips to stay more alert.
Meditation is known to be a positive influence on one’s overall health. Areas this practice can improve include strengthening the immune system, improving concentration, more happiness, and even help in overcoming substance addictions.
To learn more about meditation and its effects, visit the original article here.
Lars King is the founder of Daily Meditation. This website is a subscription service that provides daily tips and instruction on meditation. The goal of this program is to provide people with tools that will provide long term benefits. Often, individuals suffer from stress and are seeking a means to calm their thoughts. Of those that try mediation, many are unaware of how to do it and struggle with consistency. The format of Daily Meditation was designed to serve as a more affordable version of Headspace. Headspace is a meditation tutorial program founded by Andy Puddicombe. Although, it’s pricing was very high and King saw an opportunity for successful change.
Some of the types of meditation may include music based meditation, guided meditation, and meditation with binaural beats. Binaural beats meditation is used to expedite the feeling of deep relaxation. In this method, the brain is encouraged to enter an alpha brainwave state by playing a unique sound frequency in each ear. This results in helping the waves of the brain to slow down. A shift away from the way the brain normally functions to the alpha state is what creates a sense of relaxation.
Daily Meditation is a tool that can be accessed from a variety of sources. However, some may question the need for this service when people can meditate on their own. Daniel McCarthy who is a professor of entrepreneurship argues that people feeling a sense of community will motivate themselves to make more progress. The emails also remind users to meditate, which will encourage a higher level of discipline. Lastly, having a paid subscription is further motivation to follow through with actually meditating.
King proclaims that the internet is a great tool for business. His services can be found for $5 per month, $47 per year, or $97 for a lifetime subscription.To learn more, visit the article written by news correspondent, Julia Barnes on The Huntington News online.
Meditation is a powerful tool for any human seeking relaxation and stress relief. For those just beginning in this practice, there are several steps to help stay engaged. No longer should meditation be thought of as something only monks practice to achieve enlightenment. It is a means to focus on only the breath which leads to greater concentration and even healing of emotional pain.
Set a time
Pick a consistent time during the day where mediation can always be the main focus. Through consistent practice, it will be a daily ritual. After following for at least 21 days, the body will set it as a devoted habit or pattern. Fight through feelings of not wanting to practice. More regularity will lower one’s overall feeling of resistance.
Try only 5 minutes
To begin a routine, only starting with five minutes will alleviate any possible feeling of an overwhelming time demand, Also, starting this way will set the stage for gradually adding more time.
Take note of thoughts
Be mindful of negative feelings that appear in your mind. Practicing meditation will create a rehearsed mental silence that will calm down those unwanted thoughts and overall internal noise.
Choose a quiet place
Early in the morning is a one of the most peaceful times of the day. Engaging the mind at when it is in a half awake state will help to calm it before it starts to think of day to day things.
Mediation can be even more fulfilling with the use of tools. A helpful ritual may be the use of candles or calming music.
To find more tips for beginning students of meditation, visit Health Aim’s article here.
Meditation has been practiced in diverse ways by far-ranging groups of people since prehistoric times. It’s even been suggested that the capacity to focus energy, a practiced closely linked to many forms of that meditation, contributed to the evolution of humankind. A ubiquitous practice, meditation is distinctly human, a practice connecting people across a broad spectrum. Though often associated with tranquility, sober escape, and religious implication, meditation also works to sharpen the mind, palliate the soul, and preserve the body. Below are eight ways in which meditation can improve your health. Meditation:
With television, advertisements, dense traffic and the internet pervading everyday life, many of us are wrought in a world in which distractions are constantly vying for our attention in all different directions. It’s difficult to focus through all of the noise now more than ever. Meditation has been shown to improve concentration and connect people with their inner source of energy.
Benefits cardiovascular and immune health
Meditating engenders relaxation, broadening the blood vessels and dropping blood pressure.
Meditation involves reflection and inner focus. Examining ourselves critically is difficult, but crucial in understanding of our thoughts and feelings and in turn, our ability to connect with others. Meditation provides a tempered platform for people to achieve peace with themselves.
Meditation has been shown to alter the brain physiology to abate aging. Meditators typically have more brain cells than non-meditators, and better preserved cognition.
Helps Manage Stress
To cope with stress, many turn to alcohol, cigarettes, or even violence. The use of anti-anxiety medication is steadfast on the rise as the world drifts farther and farther away from it’s age-old traditions. Meditation has long been known to alleviate stress and comes from within, teaching us to take our peace into our own hands without the use of external devices such as medication or alcohol, which come with both adverse health effects and a price tag.
Studies have indicated that meditation increases brain signaling in the region of the brain associated with positive feelings, and reduces it in the region associated with negative emotions.
Promotes a healthy lifestyle
An inherently natural practice, meditation often inspires a deeper connection with what’s wholesome and good. It’s common for people to improve several spheres of their health after making an effort in just one. Many drop the vices of alcohol, smoking, and junk food upon meditation a part of their lifestyle.
Meditation allows us to clear our minds and examine life without imposition of our attached emotions. Abandoning the selfishness of our emotions aids in acceptance of our situations.
Tenzin Gyatso, known all around the world for popularizing meditation and spirituality in mainstream culture, is having issues securing a visa.
South African president Jacob Zuma is being requested by 14 Nobel Laureates to guarantee a visa for the Dalai Lama for a visit to the country. The leader was set to visit, but had to abandon the notion when there was no guarantee of a visa being granted. The spiritual leader was set to attend a summit in Cape Town, and would have marked a historical meeting, the first of its kind in the area, but could not move forward because of visa troubles.
Initially the denial of a Visa came in regards to not angering Chinese government. The government believes that the spiritual leader is pushing for Tibetan independence, and therefore concern grows as to allowing him entrance into South Africa. Even though the Laureates are concerned with this, the president isn’t budging just yet. Even though the signatures reveal some very prominent names within the Nobel Prize, it should be noted that the Dalai Lama has applied for a visa many times. In fact, he has applied 3 different times within the span of the last 5 years and has not been allowed a visit, each time getting dealt with governmental issues or denial, which cancels the plans for a trip each time.
The rejections in the past are definitely well documented. South Africans have raised their voice and have even gone as far as to see this as a betrayal, as the whole purpose of a visit would be to embrace human rights, and peace within the country. What most don’t really consider, is that South Africa’s biggest trading partner, and one of the major ways that the area receives financial movements is through China. China is the biggest trading partner and the trade that they have set up has been said to be worth over 21 billion. This is a huge number for South Africa and something that should not be taken without consideration.
A Glimpse of The Past
One should note that the Dalai Lama did visit South Africa prior to 2009. During the time of former president Nelson Mandela, the spiritual leader visited South Africa on three occasions, which should indicate the shift in favor towards the Chinese trade. Even though summits have been held in other areas, South Africa has been one of the major countries not to allow entry due to political issues. Time will tell whether or not this will continue, or whether or not China’s pressure will subside.
For more news on meditation and spirituality, visit Nigel Mustapha on YouTube for related videos, and on SlideShare for more on the Dalai Lama.
Imagine your mind turning on you, creating a deep, painful throbbing sensation on the left side of your brain. Your vision blurs as the pain increases. Light and sound serve only to intensify the rhythm and depth of the ache. The pain crescendos and decrescendos in a seemingly endless cycle, like a symphony playing the William Tell Overture on repeat (the tiphany player positioning his mallets squarely on your temples with each swing).
How do you feel? What you just experienced was a migraine.
If you are anything like the millions of people across the world who suffer from migraines (in the US alone the number of people who suffer from migraines sits at 37 million) you are looking for a cure, or at the very least a way to lessen the pain and duration of these terrible headaches. So far, there is no cure. There are medicines that are purported to help but the results tend to vary from one person to the next. What is one to do?
According to a recent study done by a group of researchers and published in the scientific journal “Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain” there is a way to reduce the pain. It’s something I have been advocating for years and many of you who are reading can probably guess would help: meditation.
The researchers found that meditating (they called the meditation “mindfulness-based stress reduction” and it is based on the mindfulness mediation style that has been taking the world by storm recently) for a little over 30 minutes a day reduced the duration of the migraines by 3 full hours. The patients who meditated also showed a marked difference in the intensity of the headaches but, because, perhaps, of the small size of the group they studied, those results couldn’t be firmly backed up with the data.
I have always known about the healing power of meditation, the power of silence and peace, the control that comes with time spent growing inside one’s own mind; I for one am pleased to see that the scientific community is finally giving meditation the attention and credit it deserves. I hope many read this and begin their own meditation practice, whether they suffer from migraines or not. For if it can help with migraines, imagine what else it can do.