Quieting Your Mind to Better Health

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meditation techniquesI’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.

Meditation Techniques

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

meditation benefitsThe following are some of the medically proven 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

tai-chiA study in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2010 explored tai chi, a Chinese art that incorporates meditation, in the treatment of 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)?

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  1. For me, meditation takes practice, but it is a great tool to quiet the mind. I think reading positive books, using affirmations, practicing yoga, expressing gratitude and taking a few moments throughout the day to center oneself helps immensely. Finding peace within during chaotic periods of our lives takes discipline and isn’t always easy to do. However, I think that writing in a journal (or blog!) and connecting with others are helpful as it grows optimism, spirituality and positivity. Personally, I subscribe to a few positive sites for daily emails to uplift my day. I post positively on my FB page. I try to allow feelings to emerge as they come, find the stillness within to allow them and observe how I can better myself. Right now I have signed up for Oprah/Deepak’s 21 day meditation series which doesn’t take a lot of time (only about 20 minutes) but it helps to brighten my day and start it off right! I think we all have to find whatever means works for us in general and then take the time to actually do it.

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