Contrary to popular belief, meditation doesn’t require you to have an previous religious or spiritual background, subscribe to any kind of organized faith, hum, light candles, wear robes, or go without shoes. Mediation can be done by simply sitting in a chair, lying down on the couch, or even standing in place. It’s about relaxing the mind enough to allow it to repair and reorganize your thoughts. The practice has been around for thousands of years and practiced in various forms by cultures all around the world; even Christians practice meditation.
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Meditation is considered by many to be a spiritual experience involving the self or a collection of people dedicating their thoughts to the same mutual goal, like achieving spiritual enlightenment, clearness of the mind, and calming an errant ego. But what many don’t realize is that meditation can also have several positive health benefits, particularly inside the mind itself. I can say from experience that meditation has a very positive effect on one’s mental health. It is generally about clearing the mind, taking a step back from the world, and getting perspective on recent events, kind of like taking an afternoon nap after lunch. And a clear mind can accomplish far more than a mind burdened by ego, worry, and doubt.
Studies conducted at Harvard Medical School have concluded several positive effect to the body, such as increased immune response, decreases in pain, inflammation and blood pressure, increased fertility and immunity to disease, general calmness, and emotional balance. Meditation can help ease the worries of the mind and break bad habits. Finding your own personal relaxation point, a comfort zone you can go to in your mind, is difficult; some have even been known to meditate while standing. However, for those who dedicate themselves to the practice, the rewards are many and varied.
Mediation, also called “Mindfulness Meditation,” can help ease anxiety, depression, pain, even obsessive-compulsive disorders. Meditation is also essential for keeping the mind relaxed and calm, allowing you to think faster, better reason through problems, and explore alternatives you may never have considered before. Some have even been able to enter a state of “oneness” with the universe, which sounds hokey to the average person, but when the mind is at peace, one can observe the world as it is without the predispositions of society, self-doubt, and general anxiety clouding your judgment.
So relax, take a deep breath, and clear your mind.