Meditation, among other things, is a system of spiritual practice that allows a person to take up the responsibility for the content of their thoughts. During meditation, one will enter the center of silence and tranquility and from this point onwards, one can monitor the flow each feelings, thoughts and motives and gradually realize their meanings and origins.
Purpose of Meditation
The purpose of meditation was to master their own mind and try to control the mind in order to be able to concentrate on selected items, rather than to be a victim of circumstances. Meditation goes back to the eastern culture (mostly Tibetan and Chinese), but now it extends to the far West. In the past, the motivations to meditate have been related to spiritual and religious nature. But recently, people has use meditation to reduce stress, as well as using it as a means to successfully cope with psychological and psychosomatic problems.
Meditation could clarify one’s consciousness and relaxes the body. Studies prove that meditation reduces muscle tension, heart rate, metabolic rate and even oxygen consumption. In another word, it affects positively on high blood pressure, eliminates pain and had also been found to reduce the level of cortisol in the body. There are also studies showing that people who practice meditation are rarely treated for diseases. More importantly, scientists found that meditation promotes better self, more positive perception about life, improve sleep, less headaches and better mental health in general. Thus, it is safe to say that meditation is a great way to manage stress, as well as a source of positive emotions in humans.
Below describes the method of breathing meditation, which is easy to learn and gives good results in relieving stress.
1. Choose a time when you are free from your duties and you will have no distractions.
2. Sit down comfortably of the floor or a chair with a straight back and close your eyes.
3. Breathe normally and gradually focus your mind on the inhale. Feel the inhaled and exhaled air but do not try to control the process or influence it.
4. If you notice that your breathing is getting faster or slower, do not resist these feelings. Just watch them and let the breathing stabilize naturally.
5. If you have any distracting thoughts or lost concentration, do not resist either. Let your conscience return naturally to the process of respiration.
6. Try to meditate for 15 minutes. Then, while still seated with your eyes closed, take a few minutes to allow your consciousness to gradually return to the normal condition.
With experience, one could notice that their thoughts will become calmer each time. In the end, your conscience will acquire the ability to fully settle down, giving the opportunity to reach a state of absolute calm. Meditation is one of the safest and effective way to reduce stress and restore energy. You will be richly rewarded for those few efforts!