What is Meditation?

In meditation you are fully alert, but the mind is relaxed and allowed to let go of its tendencies to think, analyze, remember, solve problems and focus on events of the past or expectations for the future. Meditation helps the mind to slow down its rapid series of thoughts and feelings that often lead to stress and dis-ease, and to replace that mental activity with a quiet, effortless, one-pointed focus of attention and awareness. Thus, meditation is not thinking about problems
or analyzing a situation. Meditation is not having an internal conversation or argument with yourself. It is an inner attention that is concentrated, yet relaxed. It does not conflict with any religious tradition.


Why Should I Meditate?

According to ABC World News Tonight, meditation is used today by many Americans including the U.S. Marines and students in classrooms all over the country. In 2011, 10% of U.S. adults (over 20 million) practiced meditation and 3 million patients, on the recommendation of their physicians, established their own meditation practice.

Meditation can make you healthier. Daily meditation is an essential ingredient in your own personal “self-care health program.” Scientific studies at the Mayo Clinic show that “meditating slows breathing rate, heart rate, lowers blood pressure and aids in the treatment of anxiety, depression and a range of other ailments.”

Meditation calms the mind. The mind and body are inter-connected.. When the mind is calm, the body becomes stronger, more flexible, and less inflamed.. When the mind and body are calm and relaxed, dis-ease from a previously agitated system…


Every Day New Medical Studies Discover More Benefits of Meditation

While the following list does not include all the benefits of meditating, it certainly is impressive for anyone who would like to live in a more healthy way.

  1. Increases restorative sleep,
  2. Decreases anxiety and stress,
  3. Slows the heart rate,
  4. Increases exercise tolerance,
  5. Helps physical relaxation,
  6. Reduces high blood pressure,
  7. Reduces anxiety attacks by lowering the levels of blood lactate,
  8. Decreases muscle tension,
  9. Helps in chronic diseases like allergies and arthritis,
  10. Reduces Pre-menstrual Syndrome symptoms,
  11. Enhances post-operative healing,
  12. Strengthens the immune system,
  13. Reduces activity of viruses and emotional distress,