Put simply, meditation is a way of slowing down – by sitting for maybe twenty or thirty minutes at a time, focusing on your chosen process, you can move into a space where you eventually may become blissfully unaware of time passing. Meditation can be refreshing and nourishing as well as creating a sense of peace and inner harmony. There is nothing new about meditation, it is a technique that has been followed for thousands of years. Meditation is a practise that can bring tremendous benefits at all levels – it can help your physical health, your psychological health, your emotional health and your spiritual health.
Physically, through meditation, your heart rate decreases and your body relaxes. Your brain waves alter as they move from the normal waking wave patterns to slower, deeper waves which reflect the deep state of relaxation the mind can move into. Meditation can also strengthen the immune system thus increasing your body’s ability to fight disease.
Emotionally, meditation brings calmness and serenity if practised regularly you can detach from the ups and downs of life. When you practise meditation regularly your awareness of your current mental and emotional state becomes greatly enhanced and you are enabled to see yourself from a new angle. By doing this you become able to make changes to who you are at a psychological and an emotional level. It is as if you are moving to a broader view through meditation.
Meditation is definitely a spiritual path as well. It was meditation that led Buddha to become enlightened as he sat beneath the Bodhi tree. By developing your awareness of expansive states of being, stepping into the higher flow, you can familiarise yourself with these states and more easily access and integrate them into everyday life. Prayer is a form of meditation too.
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