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Mediation for health and well being!
Mediation – means to think deeply or carefully or focus one’s mind for a period of time, in silence or with the aid of chanting, for religious or spiritual purposes or as a method of relaxation. Mediation is thought to reduce stress, promote relaxation, and self-improvement.
What is the goal of meditation?
Through mediation, you try to go to a place of peace, bliss, and happiness. To get beyond your mind will bring you to this awareness.
Doing meditation is believed to improve a number of health benefits, such as stress management, self awareness, attention, focus, and impulse control. It is thought to change function and structure of the brain to support self-control.
When did Mediation begin?
Mediation has prehistoric beginnings. The practice is seen throughout the ages. First seen in written form in the Vedas around 1500 BCE. Developed in India, a very long time ago. Some of the oldest documented evidence of the practice of mediation are shown as wall art from approximately 5,000 to 3,500 BCE. The art shows people seated in a meditative posture with half closed eyes. Mediation was taught from teacher to disciple. Students where sent to schools mostly in the forest to live and learn under a learned teacher. Learning was done by word of mouth so it is not documented therefore hard to tell how old mediation really is.
Research on Mediation began in 1931 and increased during the 1970’s and 1980’s. After 60 years of studies it is still unclear what the exact mechanism in mediation is.
What happens when you are mediating?
During mediation activity in the parietal lobe slows down. Which is the gatekeeper for the senses, this lobe funnels some sensory information deeper into the brain and also, stops other signals. Mediation slows the information to the brain.
How is mediation done?
- Mediating for 10 minutes a day is ideal.
- Use a gentle alarm for timing
- Sit or lie where you are comfortable.
- Do this is a quiet place
- Close your eyes.
- Breathe naturally
- Focus on your breathing and how your body moves with each inhale and exhale.
- Do this until your timer sounds.
If you are a beginner at mediation, you should start out at five to ten minutes every day. You can do it all at once if you are able or you can do a minute and work on increasing your time.
What do I think about during mediation?
It is not important that you think about something or nothing instead try to focus your attention. When thoughts or feelings arise just try to stay with them for a time. With mediation, you are not stopping your thoughts or clearing your mind it is more about focusing your attention.
In today’s world our lives are filled with stress daily. However, you don’t need to let it take over your life. Relaxation Mediation can help calm you by using a focus such as breathing or visualization or an object. It can be an effective tool to relieve stress. The great thing about mediation is it is available to everyone and you can do it anywhere and anytime you need it. Once you learn the techniques you can reduce stress, and also bring yourself to a better mental and physical health, and ultimately a better quality of life.
Reducing the stress in your life can lessen the symptoms of many health conditions. Some of those are inflammation, anxiety, and insomnia. A general mediation study from 2013 showed that doing mediation can inhibit the genes that are involved with the inflammatory response and promotes the genes associated with DNA stability. If you have inflammation issues it wouldn’t hurt to try relaxation mediation and see if it works for you.
Mediation for health and well being is for all even the young. If you have never tried to mediate maybe today is the day. It may take several tries to see any progress but don’t give up it is well worth it.
My grandchildren love doing mediation, it can help calm the soul.