The Meditation is an ancient technique that will help you reconnect with your mental, biological and spiritual health. Explore the following article that will help you relax and explore a hidden part of your being.
What are the benefits of daily meditation?
Meditation is based on a very ancient practice developed in Eastern and Middle Eastern countries.
It became popular because of its great benefits, and the simplicity of its implementation. It quickly reached many people in the West, at home, in professional environments and in schools and universities.
Those who practice and recommend it, are expanding and perfecting their practice, including some new techniques. Some exercises and postures reflect the deepest knowledge of the ancient communities of the world.
Practicing meditation has a number of benefits. These may include:
Reducing stress: most people approach this type of technique for this reason. Stress problems, or sleep issues are the most popular reasons why millions of people around the world meditate, trying to reduce or eliminate nervousness or anxiety issues.
Improve your rest: this technique allows people to improve sleep, regulating breathing and oxygenation of the body, helping to fall asleep, increasing relaxation and generating a prolongation of rest. The restful sleep and the recovery of the body that is generated by meditating prolongs the life of people.
It helps with addictions: no matter what kind of addictions we have, being someone addicted to overwork, or to the consumption of alcoholic beverages, or to the consumption of cigarettes or to any substance that hurts us internally, meditation can save us. By having to dedicate time to concentration and self-knowledge, this technique will relieve us and really focus us on being able to grow spiritually, recognizing our weak points and banishing the triggers that made us fall into an addiction.
It lowers blood pressure: by meditating we reduce the body's pulses to a minimum, relaxing the muscles and stimuli of the human body. This decrease in the circulation of oxygen in the blood will drastically reduce the blood pressure.
Boost our immune system: this system is the line of defense of the human body. Being able to keep it balanced, with a proper diet, practicing sports and doing activities that promote the improvement of our circulation, will facilitate all the defensive and healing mechanisms. Practicing this type of meditation and relaxation techniques will reduce the possibility of getting sick.
It helps to focus attention and strengthens memory: by keeping this routine of guided meditations, we will be able to organize our thoughts better. We will have more vital energy and better oxygenation throughout our body that will help us to concentrate better anda have more active responses.
Exalts optimism, decreases the negative view on situations: part of the Eastern philosophy that guides us to perform meditations and join a trend of natural health, is the positive focus and law of attraction. By entering into this spiral of inner healing, we will be able to analyze and see conflict or problematic scenarios in a distinctive way, looking for more harmonious alternative solutions that are sustained over time.
Types of Existing Meditations
Buddhist Meditation - Zen Meditation: Sometimes when we talk about meditation we imagine a person sitting with their legs crossed in front of them, fingers of their hands making a Mudra position (thumb and index finger touching) and eyes half closed. Zazen means "sitting meditation" in Japanese. This is what we call the lotus position.
It is the best known method, and is about keeping the mind blank and focused on the present moment. Feeling the breath and discarding any image or thought that comes to mind. According to Buddha, the problem of men is not knowing how to separate their mind. This is a very valuable tool but only that, and we should not leave it free, it is not oneself, that is why we should not be its slaves.
To keep the mind blank, in the present, seems simple to say it but it is very difficult to achieve. It requires a lot of practice, and to be able to keep it for five minutes is really a great achievement for a beginner.
Zazen is a practice that can radically alter our spiritual well-being. Buddhism is considered an outgrowth of Zazen, the Buddha's meditation. Breathing should be centered in the belly, not in the nose. It is usual to improve the technique by counting our inhalations and exhalations.
Vipassana Meditation: It is the meditation used by the western current of Mindfulness, and consists of becoming aware of our nasal breathing, seeing things as they are and staying in the present. By limiting oneself to observing thoughts without judging them, one tries to separate oneself from their emotional connotations.
Transcendental meditation: It is based on Mantras (sounds) that must be repeated to help empty our mind of other thoughts. It has its origin in India and each person must find his or her own Mantra. This meditation is not related to any religion, and it is believed that it is currently a practice carried out by more than 15 million people in the world. It is advisable to divide your practice into two sessions of 15 to 20 minutes each. In a comfortable position, without interruptions.
Kundalini Meditation: In Hinduism the Kundalini energy is symbolically represented by a snake that sleeps in the region of the first chakra, at the base of the spine. If this energy is activated, it leads to enlightenment processes. Meditation includes breathing techniques, chanting, yoga positions.
Primordial sound meditation: It is based on the repetition of mantras, which come from the Hindu tradition. It is a phrase or word or syllable that is repeated supporting meditation. In the Christian religion it is the equivalent of praying the rosary. It can be repeated aloud or silently, and helps to find calm. It helps to organize meditation for people who tend to disperse their thoughts.
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