Meditation is something which can be practiced by anyone and can be beneficial in so many different ways, not only is it a great form of relaxation when we are particularly stressed it also has several beneficial affects on our health. Meditation can help those diagnosed with minor problems and it can bring relief to those suffering from more serious conditions.
Some forms of meditation give you a deeper insight to the person you are by concentrating your meditation on yourself, for example one form of meditation relies on the subject focusing on their breathing. On the whole meditation can help with:
* Reducing anxiety and stress – for those suffering from depression and anxiety meditation can be a great help in reducing and relieving the symptoms of stress and anxiety.
* Overall sense of wellbeing – when practiced daily meditation can bring a whole new sense of well being and harmony.
* Improves concentration – athletes and sports professional will commonly use some form of meditation; it opens the mind and enables them to visualize succeeding in their particular sport and improves their general outlook. People who meditate on a regular basis say their concentration is improved and they can remain focused for longer on a task.
The benefits which can be gained from meditating regularly are numerous with meditation techniques now being used in the management of life threatening diseases, the reversal of mental illness, accelerated learning programs, problem solving and in lifestyle management. Some of the physical benefits of practicing meditation are:
* Lower oxygen consumption.
* A decrease in the respiratory rate.
* An increase in blood circulation.
* A drop in the heart rate.
* Exercise tolerance levels are increased particularly in patients with heart problems.
* A reduction in high blood pressure.
* Lowers the levels of the blood lactate which reduces symptoms of anxiety.
* Decreases muscle tension.
* Decreases headaches and migraines.
* Helps to increase self confidence.
* Improves mood and behaviour problems.
* Improves depression.
* Helps with weight problems.
* Reduces the symptoms of pre-menstrual syndrome.
* Helps with post operative healing.
* Boosts the immune system.
* Reduces emotional stress.
As you can clearly see from the list above meditation can help with a wide range of conditions and diseases, while giving the person a new outlook on life. By regularly practicing meditation for as little as 15 to 20 minutes per day you can begin to reap these benefits, there are many different forms and techniques used so there will be something suitable for everyone. Three forms which are perhaps the easiest for the beginner to start with are:
* Visualization – an excellent form for helping to reduce anxiety and stress.
* Mantra – an easy to learn form which is excellent for the beginner to meditation.
* Insight or breathing – allows the person to get a deeper insight into themselves and their body.