is a simple, fast way to reduce stress and bring a sense of inner peace.
If stress has you anxious, tense and worried, consider trying meditation. Spending 20 minutes daily in meditation can restore your calm and inner peace. Meditation is a ‘be-ing’ experience rather than a ‘do-ing’ experience.
Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years. Meditation originally was meant to help deepen understanding of the sacred and mystical forces of life. These days, meditation is commonly used for relaxation and stress reduction.
Meditation is considered a type of mind-body complementary medicine. Meditation produces a deep state of relaxation and a tranquil mind. During meditation, you focus your attention on calming and stilling your body through breath work and releasing the stream of jumbled thoughts that may be crowding your mind and causing stress. This process results in enhanced physical and emotional well-being.
Meditation can give you a sense of calm, peace and balance that benefits both your emotional well-being and your overall health. And these benefits don't end when your meditation session ends. Meditation can help carry you more calmly through your day and can even improve certain medical conditions, help with greater clarity and creativity and improve your sense of self.
Meditation and emotional well-being When you meditate, you clear away the information overload that builds up every day and contributes to your stress.
The emotional benefits of meditation include:
Meditation and illness Meditation also might be useful if you have a medical condition, especially one that may be worsened by stress. These days it is widely accepted that up to 85% of medical dis-ease is stress related. With that in mind, some research suggests that meditation may help such conditions as:
Jenny is a Qualified Primordial Sound Meditation Instructor and she uses the three following styles of meditation in her Meditation Circles:
Guided meditation Sometimes called guided imagery or visualization, with this method of meditation you form mental images of places or situations you find relaxing. You try to use as many senses as possible, such as smells, sights, sounds and textures.
Mantra meditation In this type of meditation, you silently repeat a calming word, thought or phrase to create a ‘circuit breaker’ from the endless chatter that can be disempowering and distracting. The mantra (word without meaning) can bring space between the thoughts and therefore still the mind and relax the body.
Mindfulness meditation This type of meditation is based on being mindful, or having an increased awareness and acceptance of living in the present moment. You broaden your conscious awareness. You focus on what you experience during meditation, such as the flow of your breath. You can observe your thoughts and emotions but let them pass without judgment. Thus you can create a more empowered state of mind and awareness to carry into your day to day life.