The Power Of Meditation
There are different ways to meditate, and since it’s such a personal practice there are probably more than any of us know about.
You can use focused-attention, or mindful meditation, which is where you focus on one specific thing—it could be your breathing, a sensation in your body or a particular object outside of you. The point of this type of meditation is to focus strongly on one point and continually bring your attention back to that focal point when it wanders.
You can also use monitoring meditation where you pay attention to all of the things happening around you—you simply notice everything without reacting.
“In meditation, healing can happen. When the mind is calm, alert and totally contented, then it is like a laser beam – it is very powerful and healing can happen.” – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Some benefits of meditation:
- Normalizes blood pressure
- Improves immune function
- Slows the aging process
- Reduces anxiety, burnout, improves stress related disorders
- Promotes the experience of relaxation throughout the day
- Decreases insomnia
- Improves psychological health and self-esteem
- Lowers incidence of depression, anger, irritability
- Improves concentration
- Increases positive thinking
- Enhances creativity
- Facilitates psychological development
MORE REASONS TO LEARN TO MEDITATE:
- Calm the emotions – experience tranquility
- Deeply experience life in the present moment
- Expand awareness of connection to all living beings
- Improve the quality of everyday life
- Develop inner strength
- Enhance understanding and acceptance of others
- Increase awareness of your unique spiritual journey
Meditation is a way of reaching, and directly experiencing the depths of who you truly are. Meditation practices take you beyond identification with the limited, conditioned mind and into your heart. Practices are taught step-by-step, and you are led gently and gradually based on your own experience.