Meditation means “a cessation of the thought process.” Mediation masters from India have been known to regulate their autonomic functions such as heart rate while in a meditative state.
There are many health benefits of mediation including:
Lower heart rates at rest
Lower blood pressure
Stabilization or improvement in heart disease
Less oxygen required by the body
Reduced stress and anxiety, which can be measured by reduced muscle tension and lactate levels in the blood
Reduced chronic pain
Improvement in drug and alcohol addiction
Mediation produces changes in alpha and theta brain activity resulting in relaxation, creativity, concentration, heightened mental functioning, pleasure, happiness, and joy.
How to get started
In order to clear your mind, it is important to remove distractions – choose a quiet place
Sit in a comfortable position
Close your eyes
Focus on your breathing – breathe naturally but focus on becoming aware of your breath
It is normal for your mind to wander to different thoughts – you are becoming aware of how active your mind is
Bring your thoughts back to your breath each time you feel them wander
Breathing meditations are the most simple and a good place to start. You can experiment with more complex meditations as you get used to the process. Some choose to meditate for relaxation; others use it as a way to look within for answers. There are guided meditations you can listen to that will instruct you on different meditation techniques.
The stressful modern world is hectic and meditation can help relieve some stress and give you a clear head. Meditation can help you develop positive thoughts, so give it a try!