It is no secret anymore that meditation does great things for your mental and physical well-being. Different forms of meditations have been used in various cultures around the world for many centuries. For many Eastern cultures it has been a way of life long before those of us in the Western part of the world became familiar with the practice.
As more people become interested in the benefits of meditation, there are yoga teachers and other New Age experts writing books and articles, and teaching classes on the practice of silence, chanting and simple awareness or stillness.
Through practice and research it has been proven that regular practice of meditation can lower blood pressure, lessen worry and stress, and reduce the effects that this can have on the body and mind.
Some of the benefits that are experienced through a daily meditation practice are:
-Experiencing reduced anxiety
-Reduce the chances of developing heart disease
-Lower blood pressure and reduce stress
-You may even experience improved focus and become more productive
When it comes to choosing the form of meditation that is right for you, there are many methods and traditions before you. Choosing the right method is important due to the fact that the more suited it is to your personality, schedule and belief system, the easier it will be to maintain a regular practice.
The Zen Method focuses on silence, breathing, and awareness.
The Mindfulness Method teaches practitioners to focus their attention and to learn how to remain in the present moment. Or as spiritual teacher and author, Eckhart Tolle calls it, “The Now”.
Qigong is a practice where the students stand and perform slow moving and calming physical exercises to clear the mind.
Mantra Method is practicing the repetition of sounds, such as “Ohm”, “I Am Peace” or other ancient sacred phrases to help still the mind and focus on intention.
Whatever method of meditation you choose, remember that the most important factor is that you realize that meditation is a practice; don’t be hard on yourself. It is difficult for all of us to quiet the mind.
Keep practicing. Even a few moments of a calm mind and body can benefit you greatly.