Meditation is a mind and body practice that has a long history and was incorporated in a lot of religious practice. This practices focus on the interactions among the brain, mind, body and behavior.
4 Key points in meditating:
- Location– A place that is quiet and has few distractions.
- Posture- Most comfortable position (Standing, Lying or Sitting)
- Focus of Attention- An object, words or set of words, sensations of the breath.
- Open Attitude- Letting distractions to come naturally and letting it go without judging them.
There are two general types of meditation that is based on the way they focus attention. These are:
- Focused Attention- During the whole meditation session, a person has to focus his attention on a single object. It may be the breath, part of the body, mantra, external object, etc. The depth and steadiness of the person’s attention are both developed as he advances.
Examples: Chakra meditation, Kundalini meditation, Sound meditation, Mantra meditation and Buddhist meditation.
- Open Monitoring- In this type, the person monitors all aspect of his experience without judgement or attachment. All thoughts, feelings, memories and external perceptions are recognized. It is the process of non-reactive monitoring of the experiences from moment to moment without indulging.
Examples: Midfulness meditation and Vipassana.
- It Makes Better Cognitive Skills and Creative Thinking
- It Helps Ignore Distractions
- It Helps you to Focus for Better Information Processing
- It Increases Mental Strength
- It Improves Memory
In Emotional Well-being
- It Improves Mood and Emotional Intelligence
- It Lessens Stress, Fear and Depression
- It Improves Resilience Against Pain and Adversity
- It Enhances Self-Esteem and Self Acceptance
- It Helps Prevent Emotional Eating and Smoking
In Health and Body
- It Reduces Blood Pressure
- It Lessens Heart and Brain Problems
- It Improves Immune System and Energy Level
- It Lessens Inflammatory Disorders and Asthma
- More Longevity
- Improves Breathing and Heart Rate
- It Helps Prevent Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, and HIV
- It Lessens Premenstrual and Menopausal Syndrome