Meditation brings more than just peace of mind!
Naturopathy combines traditional knowledge with modern healing. The aim is to target the root cause of the problems and help you live a healthier life. One of the simplest reasons of many disorders within the body, is an imbalance in the mind, body and soul. Yet, one of the easiest ways of achieving this is through Meditation.
What is Meditation?
Meditation is not a recent practice. It has been around for hundreds of years and can be described as a mind and body exercise performed in order to relax the body and calm the mind. Naturopathy connects the external illness to a deeper, internal inconsistency. Similarly, the practice of meditation works as a healer of both the body as well as the mind, by establishing a firm connection between the two. The peace of mind is reflected in a calm and resilient body. It finds its origins in the Vedas and has intricate ties with Ayurveda.
Meditation has numerous forms and postures, but there are a few characteristics that are common to all practices of meditation.
- A convenient and restful posture,
- A calm and quiet environment,
- Relaxed breathing,
- The focusing of attention,
- An openly receptive attitude
As long as these five basic elements are present in meditation, they are bound to show results.
Importance of Meditation
The importance of meditation cannot be understated, especially in the modern, fast-paced environment. There has been scientific research that the practice of meditation has significant impact on the physical as well as the mental, and plays a role in the overall wellbeing of the system.
The Brain and Emotional Systems
The brain is an organ that benefits significantly from the practice of meditation. It has been scientifically proven that meditation increases the gyrification of the brain (folds in the outer layer), which improves the capacity to process information. The practice of meditation helps keep the mind fresh and often slows down the effects of normal ageing on the brain, helping it retain its young vigour. Meditating, therefore, keeps the brain in shape and promotes efficient functioning.
The importance is not only physical but also emotional. In today’s impersonal world, there is often a lack of personal contact and emotional release. Meditation can help in dissipating some of these emotional states. The focus that exists during meditation is helpful in numerous ways. It is often helpful in inculcating self-awareness. The introspective nature of mediation allows the person to become one with their thoughts and truly understand the nature of the self. This is very helpful in life as an understanding of the self promotes healthy life choices. Meditation allows the individual to focus on the present, as at the moment, all other matters do not hold relevance. The only thing that matters is the present. The present seems to hold tremendous possibility, and that is what is to be focussed on.
Meditation often provides the individual with a new perspective towards life. It helps them see a clear vision of life that may previously have been cluttered. One of the most important uses of meditation is countering stress. In the corporate jungle of today, no one is a stranger to stress. Dedicating some time to meditation in a day is one of the best ways to reduce this stress, as it is proven to calm the mind and promote a healthier lifestyle.
Benefits of Meditation
Meditation plays an important role in the prevention and subsequent care of a number of diseases.
- Anxiety is an issue that plagues a large population today. The practise of meditation is very helpful in the alleviation of this. The deep breaths and calmness that mediation induces produce the opposite effect that anxiety attacks.
- High blood pressure can also be countered using meditation. Transcendental Meditation is one of the best ways to lower the blood pressure of an individual. It is also known to reduce the effects of distress, depression and anger.
- Meditation has been found to activate certain parts of the brain that usually respond to pain. It can be used to counteract the pain when combined with pain medication.
- For cancer patients, the practice of meditation has been seen to improve conditions of fatigue, stress and generally improve the quality of life.
- Menopause often causes joint and muscle pain, hot flashes and stress. Meditation has been known to reduce their occurrence.
- Meditation has also been known to help with addictions.
How Does One Begin Meditating?
The process of meditation is not difficult, but its regular practice needs to be made a habit. One of the most basic forms of Meditation can be deep breathing. Yes, this too counts as Meditation.
- Establish a comfortable posture, with relaxed muscles.
- Begin breathing deeply while expanding your stomach, and prolong your exhalation with the contraction of the stomach.
- Pay close attention to your breathing.
- Focus on your breathing for two to three minutes.
There! You just achieved the simplest form of meditation!
There are certain things that are to be kept in mind when Meditation is practised. Firstly, a seated posture is recommended, though meditation can also be performed in other postures.
Secondly, taking notice of the physical presence of the body is very important. The breathing must be noticed, as well as the areas that ground the body – the base of the body and feet are touching the ground. This must be taken heed of.
Thirdly, when meditation is begun, one should set a time limit. Start small, with five to ten minutes. As you get more comfortable with the practice, you may progressively increase the time spent meditating.
Lastly, the wandering of the mind is normal. The mind is bound to be distracted from time to time. Do not be harsh to yourself, but use that distraction to come back to focus on meditation.
We at Swaantana understand the importance of Meditation. We understand that a connection between the mind and the body is important to the healing process. We are believers of the Ayurvedic healing, and meditation forms a major aspect of our healing process. The Health Village, with its calming ambience and relaxing environment, is the perfect backdrop for meditation. Our experts will help you find the inner connection, and you will hold the power to heal yourself.