Meditation Is About More Than Just Stress Relief

Donald Pennington By Donald Pennington, 26th Mar 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2hhqf59x/
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Meditation is an often-misunderstood discipline. While the mainstream of society believe meditation is about “stress relief” and little more, meditation helps many to not only relax but also to develop themselves as a person and regain lost capacities – especially when combined with a program such as Hatha yoga or Qi-gong.

Why begin meditating?

I've personally been in a meditation program which, at first, began as a way to relieve stress and learn more about myself as a human being. While in a self-induced trance, self-exploration is easier to do. Some people might want to look into their own personality make-up in order to understand some of their habits, for example. Others might wish to dispel some personal phobias. Still yet others might wish to simply strengthen their own acuity. Meditation can help with all aspects of the human psyche.

Deep meditation might not be the only answer to the wide variety of problems we humans have. But it sure is an excellent supplement – even a great place to start.

What has meditation done for me?

Personally, I've become able to understand and face down a host of personal grudges held against people who've done me wrong in the past. I'm better able to control my anger and have developed a sense of introspection which enables a greater understanding of different types of people I encounter daily.

Among other things, meditating regularly has also helped me to understand many of my personal fears, I've also grown to face and then dispel them, within my own mind. Some of the “other things” mentioned are simply too personal for me to mention here. But, rest assured, there is little to do with the human mind which regular, daily meditation can't help with. It's a restoration of the soul.

How might someone begin meditating?

First, there are many ways for a traveler to reach the same destination. But, I would recommend, first, beginners research on the “chakras” or energy centers of what the ancients call the soul. Look into the Far Eastern philosophies and eschew the so-called “new age” teachings, as these often lead to the same deluded thinking and undeserved guilt of the Abrahamic religions.

As for a simple path to undertake, I would recommend first learning how to simply close one's eyes, breathe slowly and deeply, allowing one's self to feel a “descent” of their body. They're not actually going anywhere physically but rather, are experiencing the descent feeling due to their body relaxing deeply.

Initial attempts will take practice and there are a variety of good resources for how to relax. Most people stop here and only use the relaxation procedures. Once relaxation is easily attained, one might also now add a mantra, after each breath. Anything of a positive nature towards one's self will be a good start. Others prefer to use a visualization of a glowing, golden-white aura surrounding them, entirely and expanding further with each breath exhaled. This is where the teachings of Hatha yoga and Qi-gong are extremely helpful.

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Advancing The Soul, Eastern Philosophies, Meditation, Personal Development, Relaxation, Spiritual Growth, Spirituality

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
26th Mar 2014 (#)

I do enjoy meditating and do it nearly every day if I have the opportunity, it is very good for getting myself focus and relaxed.

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author avatar Donald Pennington
26th Mar 2014 (#)

It's also incredibly helpful for development of your psyche. Thank you.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
26th Mar 2014 (#)

Great stuff Donald, and well presented. Thank you.

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author avatar Donald Pennington
26th Mar 2014 (#)

Very kind of you to say so. Thank you.

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author avatar madugundurukmini
26th Mar 2014 (#)

yoga is also good

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author avatar Donald Pennington
26th Mar 2014 (#)

Yoga goes well with meditation. As does Qi-gong and the 5 Tibetans. Yes, developing the mind and body simultaneously is ideal. Thank you.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
26th Mar 2014 (#)

Thanks for the useful share, Donald. We should not only learn how to meditate properly but also make it a way of life. I have seen few rushing immediately to a rat race again! siva

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author avatar Donald Pennington
26th Mar 2014 (#)

It IS much more than a "routine" after a while, isn't it? Haha. I can't imagine living life without an aura of protection, anymore, just for one example.

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