Try a form of body and mind exercise… meditation. It involves meditative breathing that surely works to relieve stress, tension, anxiety and worry.
Meditation is important for anyone who wants to maintain an optimal level of physical, emotional, and mental health. Here are the benefits of meditation:
-Boosts Quality Of Life
-Reduces Chronic Pain
-Solidifies Mind Body Awareness
-Improves the Enjoyment Of Life
-Lower Blood Pressure
-Inner Peace-Boosts Attention
-Provides For Deeper Relationship with Self and Others
It has been shown that even 15 minutes of restorative meditation can help you feel calmer and have fewer health problems.
Many health problems can be directly or indirectly related to your state of mind. Excess stress in your life can lead to obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. The use of meditation can reduce your perception of stress so that you have a better chance of preventing these diseases from occurring.
Meditation involves no particular equipment, is free, and with some practice becomes second nature. It can also be practiced anywhere, it does not have to be on your bed, couch or floor. Once you are well practiced at meditation, you can do it while standing in line somewhere, walking around, and waiting for an appointment or even in rush hour traffic.
History and Practice of Meditation
Meditation is a centuries old practice that is believed to have originated in the East Asian countries. Originally, a religious practice that helped its practitioners tap into all that is sacred and mystical in the world, as it spread throughout the world; people began using it for stress reduction, healing, and relaxation.
Mind Body Exercise
Meditation is a form of mind-body exercise. By using your mind, you can induce a trance state in which all of your muscles are calm and relaxed. This state of relaxation persists long after the meditation is over with and brings about biochemical changes in your brain and body that reduce the level of stress hormones within the body.
A Change Of Focus
Most of our lives are spent focused on the noises of the world, our work, our families and relationships, traffic, bills, and day-to-day living that can be chaotic and hectic.
During the meditative process, you let go of the external noise and chaos around you so that you can turn inward, focusing attention toward your breath, and breathing.
You gradually let go of negative thoughts through visualization, the saying of a syllable or mantra, and letting the tension go from all of your skeletal muscle. In these ways, you increase your sense of wellbeing and decrease your physical stress.
Emotional Benefits Of Meditation
Meditation has the unique capacity to help you regain a sense of emotional health and wellbeing.
Some emotional benefits of stress reduction through meditation include:
-Helping you with stress management
-Improving your level of self-awareness
-Getting a new perspective regarding difficult things going on in your life
-Being mindful in the present moment
-Letting go of strong negative feelings
Meditation And Your Physical Health
If you have a medical condition precipitated or made worse by stress, meditation can control your symptoms and keep you free of disease.
Some physical symptoms and diseases believed to be helped by meditation include the following:
Because there are no real side effects of meditation, it is the perfect practice to reduce physical diseases and symptoms. You can use meditation alone or along with medications to control your condition. Be sure to talk to your doctor or other healthcare provider to see if it is safe to change the dose or stop any medications. While some people can reduce or eliminate the amount of medications they take for any disease, it should be done under the guidance and supervision of a healthcare practitioner.
Different Modalities Of Meditation
There are several different types of meditation, and as you become more practiced in this technique, you can move up to the more intricate forms.
For example, you can use guided imagery or guided meditation, in which you visualize yourself in a calm and relaxing state. You attempt to use as many of your senses as possible so that you can really feel as though you have been transmitted to another place.
In mantra meditation, you choose a syllable, phrase, thought or word that you repeat repeatedly to yourself, shutting off extraneous thoughts that are trying to invade your brain. Similarly, mindfulness meditation attempts to keep you in the here and now so that you donít focus on negative thoughts.
You can choose any type of meditation that works for you.
Practices like yoga, Qigong, and Tai chi also involve meditation associated with movement, furthering the mind-body connection by adding movement to the practice.
Meditation on Twin Hearts
The Meditation on Twin Hearts (MTH) is an advanced meditation technique introduced and guided by GrandMaster Choa Kok Sui, the founder of Modern Pranic Healing and Arhatic Yoga.
This meditation has been translated into over 20 languages, and is practiced by hundreds of thousands worldwide by people of different religions (including Hindus, Christians, Buddhists, Muslims, Sikhs, and Jains) as well as other cultures and philosophies. This meditation is a simple yet powerful technique as it incorporates four of the most common type of meditation: awareness, spiritual, focused, and mantra meditation.
Science behind Meditation on Twin Hearts
Using quantitative brain waves or EEG studies, Jeff Tarrant, PhD and Neus Raines, PhD saw differences between the brain waves of experienced and non-meditators of Meditation on Twin Hearts. Results revealed experienced meditators had significantly more gamma waves (30-90 Hz) at pre- and post-tests. These brainwave patterns were found particularly at the anterior and posterior cingulate cortex suggesting increased integration and activation of key brain regions with the ability to modulate attention and states of alertness. Increased gamma waves are observed in high levels of cognitive functioning particularly in successful professional athletes, entertainers and high performing professional musicians when they are “in the zone.” Psychological functioning assessments using the Brunel Mood Scale (BRUMS) and the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI), as well as questionnaires using the coping self- effacing scale and the Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire (FFMQ), also suggested that practice of Meditation on Twin Hearts effectively reduces anxiety and improves cognitive function and happiness – even if one practices for the first time. (www.meditationontwinhearts.com)
MTH is a simple yet powerful way to de-stress yourself. Through the guided meditation, you will learn how to activate your heart centers to produce loving and positive energies which you then use to bless other people. What could be more de-stressing than that?
If you want to learn how to de-stress yourself through Meditation on Twin Hearts (and if you are near Ortigas, Pasig City), you can join our weekly Free orientation every Thursday at 6pm. If you are interested to de-stress and to shake away your ailments through MTH advanced meditation technique, please send us a message.