In a phase of life where we don’t have time to eat or sleep, how do we fit in meditation in between our busy schedules? Even if we squeeze in a dedicated timeslot for practicing meditation which would be the type of meditation that would provide us with the best possible effect on our body?
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Stress is inevitable and we need to workout on our personalized ways to combat stress. What would work favorably for one person might not be good enough for another person. Choosing the right way for fighting against stress goes a long way towards well-being. Meditation and mindfulness are two practices that helps many of us fight against stress, high blood pressure, improper sleep routines, cardiovascular diseases and overall wellness. Meditation basically involves focusing on some image, sound or word that can release stress and bring peace and rejuvenation to your mind and body. Stress releases hormones called adrenaline that helps the body show reflex actions safeguarding it against dangerous situations. While this is positive, repeated release of the stress hormone takes a toll on our health for which practicing meditation is of utmost importance.
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Different nutrient plans are dispensed for different purposes such as weight loss, diabetes and cancer; different exercises are taught for toning or losing weight in different body parts and different lifestyle routines are recommended depending on the shift schedule or circadian rhythm of individuals. When this is the case, how can we practice one type of meditation to solve all of our problems? We have various types including even yoga and tai chi which are forms of meditation in motion. Analyze each of the types given below and choose the one that would best suit your purpose:
Relaxation: This type of meditation is like a body scanner which helps you scan different parts of the body for tension and relax it. You start by relaxing from one end of the body, for instance, your feet, and proceed towards the other end progressively and slowly working through the body. While most forms of relaxation meditation make people relax muscles by focusing on the body part some of them insist the individuals to imagine a wave that drifts over the body to ease off tension. This is the best form of meditation to attain calmness, ease tension, get sleep or in short, relax totally.
Mindfulness: This is being in the present and staying aware of what happens to you currently. This is a form of meditation that can be practiced anywhere you are-when you are in the queue, seated at the physician’s clinic waiting for your turn or even at office. All you need to do is to simply notice your surroundings, what you see, hear and experience. This kind of meditation helps in improving memory, lessens emotional traumas, makes you feel better satisfied in a relationship and takes off negative emotions. Mindfulness has a lasting impact on the health and eating habits of a person as discussed at www.firsteatright.com.
Transcendental: The ultimate goal here is to reach a notch higher than the person’s current state of being. The individual is taught to concentrate on a single work or a phrase throughout the meditation duration where he/she remains seated and breathes slowly. The mantra is decided by the guru based on several factors. Sometimes, the individual chooses his/her own mantra but this cannot be termed as complete transcendental meditation. One who practiced transcendental using a mantra taught by a guru is bound to experience mindfulness and improved spirituality. While many forms such as mindfulness can be performed even for a couple of minutes, transcendental requires complete 20 minutes to perform.
Zen meditation: This is mostly learnt from an experienced Zen teacher as it involves several sets of steps and postures. People generally choose a comfortable place to sit down, breathe slowly and focus on their present thoughts without judgement. Though similar to mindfulness meditation this requires even more dedication and practice.
The surprise element here is that meditation doesn’t simply involve sitting in a place, closing your eyes and practicing. It can also involve movement as in Tai chi, qigong (this is also called as meditation in motion) and yoga. Meditation is only an extra effort to improve your wellbeing and not a replacement for your medical therapies, eating styles and exercises. It is better to practice one or more forms of meditation, analyze what works best for you and continue practicing the chosen form thereon.
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