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MEDITATION

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.

In Mind

  • 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

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