Why People Meditate
People meditate for numerous reasons:
Mental/Psychological Benefits of Meditation
These changes are achieved through increased brain blood flow, improved EEG (brain wave) patterns with increased synchronically of brain waves. There are also changes in brain chemical profile with increased serotonin levels – Prozac (an antidepressant medication) increases this chemical. There is also a lowering of blood chemicals associated with stress.
Physiological Benefits of Meditation
Reduced heart disease, cancer, nervous disorders, etc. This maybe associated to the increase in melatonin levels associated with the technique. Melatonin is associated with mental happiness but also with activity in the immune system. Studies have also shown reduced hospitalisation, reduced doctors visits, reduced blood pressure and longer life in those who meditate.
Methods of Meditation
There are a variety of methods, all of which achieve the same end. The thing to focus on can vary from:
The above methods can all serve as a source of distraction to allow the participant to bring their mind onto that technique, thus avoiding development of further thoughts which may prove stressful.
Studies were done whereby they asked volunteers to sit quietly without any particular activity given to them. They�found that these people started to become less comfortable. This is because they were developing their thoughts and worrying about various things. Therefore, being able to get your mind off your thoughts (which are running through your mind in the background), and onto something to distract you or something to focus on, helps you to allow these thoughts to just pass through your mind rather than take hold of you and carry you along with them.
Start Up Suggestion
The following is a simple but effective way of getting started:
Meditation / relaxation techniques are a powerful way of achieving numerous benefits in health and life, which will influence study, work, performance in all areas including work, exams, sport and music, and in the influence of your physical health as well as mental health and stress levels.
Music to use
Baroque music eg Vivaldi, Teleman, Albinoni, Bach, Corelli, Pachelbel etc. New Age? etc.
The Meditation Prescription.
Twice daily before food. If after dinner, not too close to dinner or bedtime. For 15-20 minutes (this needs not be’strict.)
How Meditation Heals by Eric Harrison
The Calm Technique by Paul Wilson
Peace of Mind by Ian Gawler
Meditation Pure and Simple by Ian Gawler.
Meditation Relaxation Techniques PDF (83KB)
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