Holistic Health

Meditation

Meditation (n) – the action or practice of meditation; a written or spoken discourse expressing considered thoughts on a subject

You’ve obviously heard of meditation before – if you haven’t, you’ve been living under a rock.  It’s been around for centuries and evolved into a practice far different from the original concept developed in Buddhist monasteries.  The benefits are far more numerous than what I will outline here, however, I’m going to highlight what I feel are the most important ones.  Then, I’m going to bring it full circle for you and include some ways to personalize your practice.

Health Benefits
  1. Stress-reduction | This one is pretty obvious.  Taking the time to sit back, breathe, and clear the mind of excess clutter is a simple way to reduce stress.
  2. Improved immune and metabolic heath | Perhaps a bit more surprising but not so much so when you think about it.  Stress has been associated with poor health time and time again so by reducing stress through meditation, there is a direct improvement in overall physical health.  I’m not saying you’ll never get sick again if you start meditating or that it can cure an incurable disease, however, it can improve the quality of life and decrease the chance of becoming ill through the aforementioned stress reduction.  There is also a cellular response seen with meditation in immunocompromised individuals but I am not familiar with all the ins and outs so I’ll leave that one to your own research and stick to the basics – meditation = enhanced immunity.
  3. Improved digestive health | Again related to stress reduction.  In taking the time to relax and release built up tension, muscles are able to decompress and the bowel can
  4. Enhanced mental health |Depression and Anxiety are two of the most prominent mental illnesses around the world.  Most people will experience one or both of these at some point in their life.  Meditation is a great way to clear the mind and restore positive feelings, relieving some of your compacted feelings of anxiety and depression.
Personalize your practice – modifications
Crystals.

Lie back, relax, and feel the healing power of the crystals.  Breathe in the positive energy and breathe out and held up negative feelings of pain, resentment, or fear.  Simply place them on the corresponding chakra as I’ve listed below:

  • Top of head — crown chakra
  • Forehead — Third Eye chakra
  • Throat — throat chakra
  • Heart — heart chakra
  • Navel — solar plexus chakra
  • Pelvic area — sacral chakra
  • Groin or feet area — root chakra

To get your own set of raw, pure crystals, follow this link.

Singing bowl.

I am sad to say I’ve yet to purchase one of these but I am already completely obsessed.  The different notes produced by various size bowls are intended to target the chakras individually to restore balance and provide peace.  Plus, they sound amazing.  In my opinion, the quartz bowls have the best quality sound, however, they can be on the pricier side.  Here, you can find a set of seven singing bowls tuned to each of he chakras for “cheap.”  For a less expensive option, start with one to try it out and see how you like it.  This is the singing bowl I intend to purchase and try out – it’s tuned to the root chakra which is obviously the best starting place for your practice.  For a quick demonstration of “how to,” check out this video.

Religion and prayer.

Meditation originated as a Buddhist practice and for that reason, many other religions, most notably Christianity, frowns upon it.  However, meditation has evolved away from it’s Buddhist route.  Additionally, much like yoga, the practice of meditation is what you make of it.  This is your time to relax, which you may well do by meditating on a verse or speaking with the Lord.  A reminder which will enhance your religious meditation is that all is in God’s hands and all will work according to His plan.  This simple concept will help you to decompress in your meditation.

Guided meditation.

This is currently my favorite, likely because I have a short attention span and can’t sit still to save my life.  Through guided meditation, you are able to direct your thoughts and focus the mind as you relax your body piece by piece.  Try it out with this quick, ten minute guided meditation!

For more on the benefits of meditation, 
check out www.foodmatters.com or www.liveanddare.com.
For more on meditation in general, go to how-to-meditate.org.
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