Friday, May 17, 2013

National Meditation Month

By Terry Orr

Searching for inner peace within one’s mind – to calm the mind and body – obtain a better perspective – reduce ones stress level – improve ones overall wellness and health.

What is meditation?
"The gift of learning to meditate is the greatest gift you can give yourself in this life. For it is only through meditation that you can undertake the journey to discover your true nature, and so find the stability and confidence you will need to live, and die, well. Meditation is the road to enlightenment."
The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
Sogyal Rinpoche

Understanding meditation

Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years. Meditation originally was meant to help deepen understanding of the sacred and mystical forces of life. These days, meditation is commonly used for relaxation and stress reduction.

Meditation is considered a type of mind-body complementary medicine. Meditation produces a deep state of relaxation and a tranquil mind. During meditation, you focus your attention and eliminate the stream of jumbled thoughts that may be crowding your mind and causing stress. This process results in enhanced physical and emotional well-being.

Benefits of meditation

Meditation can give you a sense of calm, peace and balance that benefits both your emotional well-being and your overall health. And these benefits don't end when your meditation session ends. Meditation can help carry you more calmly through your day and can even improve certain medical conditions. (Source: Mayo Clinic).

Runners and swimmers often talk about finding their zone – where they mind is clear of clutter and razor sharp focus on things.  There are coachers/professionals who also teach relaxation exercises – much in the manner of meditation to find inner peace.

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