I’ve been fascinated with the way meditation has improved my sense of balance and overall well-being.
I practice most mornings for about 5 to 10 minutes, before I start my office hours.
I simply sit in a chair, close my eyes and let my mind wander.
Many different cultures and traditions practice meditation. In the Buddhist tradition, the practice is used as a road to achieve enlightenment or “nirvana.”
In Judiasm, one can achieve a higher moral state by meditating.
Transcendental meditation is another meditation technique which was popularized by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, a spiritual figure in India famous for his association with the Beatles and other celebrities of the 1960’s. Medical studies have looked at this form of meditation and found that its practice offers real benefits.
Benefits of Meditation
1. Lowers Blood Pressure
The American Heart Association, in the journal Hypertension, recently endorsed meditation as an effective way of controlling high blood pressure.
This is important since when blood pressure is better controlled, the risk of heart attack decreases.
2. Improves Fibromyalgia
This study found that a randomized group using the practice reported better improvement of their symptoms.
Whatever meditation techniques you choose, know that the aim is to get your mind calm and focused. There isn’t a “right” or “wrong” way of meditating or getting the “outside noise” of your daily life shut off for a couple of minutes.
Chose a meditation technique and practice it frequently as I believe that when you meditate, you draw power from yourself and give it yourself. This then allows you to live more peacefully.
How do you get in touch with your spirit (if at all)?