MEDITATION​​

Meditation is a simple yet powerful tool that will take you to a state of profound relaxation, dissolve fatigue and accumulated stress, and renew your creativity and passion for life.

By its very nature, meditation calms the mind, and when the mind is in a state of restful awareness, the body relaxes, too. 

• Meditation is natural. It is not an exotic import from the East and the cultural values of the East.
• Meditation is about mind, body, and spirit as one continuous whole, not three separate things.
• The benefits of meditation probably go deeper than we imagine. At the very least, genetic activity responds very quickly and substantially to meditation.
• Meditation uncovers the true self that lies at the core of every person.
• The state of pure awareness that is reached through meditation is the ground state of everything. 

Numerous studies have shown that regular meditation practice can improve your mental and physical health. 

The benefits of meditation include:
• Lowered blood pressure and hypertension
• Slower heart rate
• Decreased cholesterol levels
• Reduced production of “stress hormones,” including cortisol and adrenaline
• More efficient oxygen use by the body
• Increased production of the anti-aging hormone DHEA
• Improved immune function
• Greater focus and attention 

Beyond these significant health benefits, the greatest gift of meditation is the sense of calm and inner peace it brings into our daily life.

When we meditate, we go beyond the mind’s noisy chatter into an entirely different place: the silence of a mind that is not imprisoned by the past or the future. 

With a regular practice, the expansive awareness you enter during meditation begins to permeate your life outside of your meditation sessions. You might experience flashes of elation and notice feelings of well–being sweeping over you at unexpected moments. You will begin to walk with more buoyancy and feel a warmth and peace in your heart. Your thoughts, actions, and reactions are infused with a little more love and mindful attention. All of these are signs that you are living harmony with your true spiritual self, and the result is a deeper appreciation and a profound awareness of the divine quality of existence. 

In addition to these significant health benefits, meditation brings a profound sense of calm and inner peace into your daily life.

With meditation, you can dissolve fatigue and accumulated stress, and renew your creativity and passion for life.
 
Reasons to meditate
The reasons we meditate are as varied as the many ways there are to meditate.
In the West, most people are drawn to meditation to quiet the internal chatter of the brain and to reduce stress.

Meditation is, indeed, a very effective stress reducer, but its benefits – sometimes mysteriously hidden – are far more bountiful. 

The mind–body connection between stress and disease is abundantly apparent as science is finding that meditation can lower production of the stress hormone cortisol.


This means meditators are better able to adapt to stress in their lives and its common physiologic responses, which can include:
• Heart disease
• Osteoporosis
• Sleep problems
• Digestive problems
• Depression
• Obesity
• Memory impairment
• Skin conditions 

Paradoxically, while meditation helps us tune in and turn inward to our true essence, it also helps us detach from our own egos to connect with others in more meaningful ways.

Couples counselors have found when they assign their clients meditation, the couples become less angry, more self-reflective, and more loving.


When we become aware of – and honor – our interconnection with other beings, we are able to recast our perspectives, see our worries in a different light, and embrace gratitude, which is the heart’s memory. 

In a world rife with never–ending fast fixes, crash diets, and get–rich-quick schemes, it is nice to know there is a proven practice that really can change your life (or at least bring about dramatic effects) in just a little time each day.

Yogis and doctors both agree: meditating – even just a few minutes of deep breathing – relaxes the brain, reduces anxiety, and decreases depression.

When we feel as though we can't afford the time to meditate, the truth is we can't afford not to. 

How does meditation work?
We are all engaged in a continuous internal dialogue in which the meaning and emotional associations of one thought trigger the next, usually without our being consciously aware of the process.
In meditation we disrupt the unconscious progression of thoughts and emotions by focusing on a new object of attention. 

Meditation brings us home to the peace of present–moment awareness and gives us an experience of profound relaxation that dissolves fatigue and long–standing stresses and promotes both physical and emotional healing. 

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