Meditation is Divine.
You can use meditation to improve concentration, mental health and also to help improve the physical health.
Some meditation techniques are very simple, so you can learn them from a book or an article; others require guidance by a qualified meditation teacher.
WHAT IS MEDITATION
Most techniques called meditation include these components:
1. You sit or lie in a relaxed position.
2. You breathe regularly. You breathe in deep enough to get enough oxygen. When you breathe out, you relax your muscles so that your lungs are well emptied, but without straining.
3. You stop thinking about everyday problems and matters.
4. You concentrate your thoughts upon some sound, some word you repeat, some image, some abstract concept or some feeling. Your whole attention should be pointed at the object you have chosen to concentrate upon.
5. If some thoughts creep in, you just stop this thought, focus on your breathing and go back to meditation.
The different meditation techniques differ according to the degree of concentration, and how thoughts are handled. By some techniques, the objective is to concentrate so intensely that no thoughts occur at all.
In other techniques, the concentration is more relaxed so that thoughts easily pop up.
When these thoughts are discovered, one stops these and goes back to the pure meditation in a relaxed manner.
Thoughts coming up, will often be about things you have forgotten or suppressed, and allow you to rediscover hidden memory material.
This rediscovery will have a psychotherapeutic effect.
THE EFFECTS OF MEDITATION
Meditation has the following effects:
1. Meditation will give you rest and recreation.
2. You learn to relax.
3. You learn to concentrate better on problem solving.
4. Meditation often has a good effect upon the blood pressure.
5. Meditation has beneficial effects upon inner body processes, like circulation, respiration and digestion.
6. Regular meditation will have a psychotherapeutically effect.
7. Regular meditation will facilitate the immune system.
8. Meditation is usually pleasant.
A SIMPLE FORM OF MEDITATION
Here is a simple form of meditation:
1. Sit in a good chair in a comfortable position.
2. Relax all your muscles as well as you can.
3. Stop thinking about anything, or at least try not to think about anything.
4. Breath out, relaxing all the muscles in your breathing apparatus.
5. Repeat the following in 10 – 20 minutes:–
Breath in so deep that you feel you get enough oxygen.
Breath out, relaxing your chest and diaphragm completely.
Every time you breathe out, think the word “Relax” or another simple word inside yourself.
You should think the word in a prolonged manner, and so that you hear it inside you, but you should try to avoid using your mouth or voice.
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