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: Stressed out? Try this amazing technique!
Stressed out? Try this amazing technique!
So, what is Meditation?
Meditation is the practice of concentrated focus upon a sound, object, visualization, breathing, or movement in order to increase awareness of the present moment, reduce stress, promote relaxation, and enhance personal and spiritual growth. Sound complicated? It's not.
Where did meditation originate?
Meditation techniques have been practiced for millennia. The many different religious traditions in the world have given rise to a rich variety of meditative practices. These include the contemplative practices of Christian religious orders, the Buddhist practice of sitting meditation, and the whirling movements of the Sufi dervishes. Although meditation is an important spiritual practice in many religious and spiritual traditions, it can be practiced totally independent of religious practices, to relieve stress and pain.
The Benefits of meditation
As Western medical practitioners begin to understand the mind's role in health and disease, there has been more interest in the use of meditation in medicine. Meditative practices are increasingly offered in medical clinics and hospitals as a tool for improving health and quality of life, and as an adjunct in treating debilitating diseases.
Meditation benefits people with or without acute medical illness or stress. People who meditate regularly have reported feeling less anxiety and depression and an increased enjoyment and appreciation of life. It facilitates a greater sense of calmness, empathy, and acceptance of self and others.
Meditation can be utilized for both the treatment and prevention of many stress-related conditions. It is considered to be one of the better therapies for panic disorder , generalized anxiety disorder, substance dependence and abuse, ulcers, colitis, chronic pain, psoriasis, and dysthymic disorder. It is considered to be a valuable adjunctive therapy for moderate hypertension (high blood pressure), prevention of heart attack, atherosclerosis (hardening of arteries), arthritis (including fibromyalgia), cancer , insomnia, migraine, the prevention of stroke, allergies, asthma, and some neurological disorders as well. These include people with Parkinson's disease , multiple sclerosis , and epilepsy.
Whew! What a valuable practice meditation has proven to be.
Overall, a 1995 report to the National Institutes of Health on alternative medicine concluded that, "More than 30 years of research, as well as the experience of a large and growing number of individuals and health care providers, suggests that meditation and similar forms of relaxation can lead to better health, higher quality of life, and lowered health care costs..."
Transcendental meditation...Let's get started!
TM has its origins in the Vedic tradition of India and was introduced to the West by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. It has been taught to millions of people worldwide. It is probably the most widely practiced form of meditation in the West.
We practice daily and heartily recommend that you start today. Then you will enjoy the profound benefits of this simple stress-reducing technique, too.
We've constructed for you a compact, user-friendly guide to TM... click here to get started now!
(Excerpts from the Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine, by Linda Chrisman)
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