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Does meditation help relieve stress and build patience?

I have read quite a bit on the unconscious mind, psychology, and self help, and MANY (perhaps all) of the authors reference buddhism and meditation.
What is the deal with this? Can meditation really help you that significantly (even if you are not a buddhist)??

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  1. Absolutely! I have been doing guided meditation for 3 days now, and it has already made a significant change in the way I think and feel. It’s just cool to be able to completely be outside of your body. I’d say yes, it does relieve stress and build patience.

  2. Yes; meditation is not essentially religion based; I use it, and allow myself no religious beliefs! Practice one of the relaxation methods in sections 2, (the second page can be a good place to start) 11, 2c, or 2i, daily, and when needed, at http://www.ezy-build.net.nz/~shaneris Stress; section 42; see page i first; try weblinks. You will know, from the ease, and effect, which one suits you best, but try them some hours apart, preferably early, and definitely not late at night, at least, not at first. Prior to using either of the methods in the above paragraph, first sit comfortably, and take a deep breath. Then, without moving your head, move your eyes from the left, to the right, and back again, taking around a second to do so (say: “a thousand and one”: this takes approximately a second). Repeat this procedure (without the words, although you can count, subvocally, if you like) 20 times: “A thousand and one; a thousand and two… ” and so on, to a thousand and twenty. Then close your eyes and relax. Become aware of any tension or discomfort you feel. Then open your eyes, and take another deep breath, and repeat step one, closing your eyes, and relaxing afterwards, in the same manner. Then, repeat the procedure one last time. Some people may find that this is all they need do. With experience, you may find that you can practise this in public, with your eyes closed, which greatly widens the window of opportunity for its use, and avoids attracting unwanted attention.
    I have found that the 2 – 3 minutes spent using the EMDR markedly reduces distractions to the meditative process, and is well worthwhile, especially for novices. I also use it prior to my chosen meditation technique, after lights out, at night. You may not need it, later, or even now, but it is good to know. For more about Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing therapy, see sections 33 – 34, at ezy-build. I now use it on a daily basis. The progressive muscle relaxation, in sections 2.i, or 11, is probably is a good first choice, for many people. “The following exercise is an improvement on the more well-known Empty Your Mind Exercise: WARNING: The empty your mind exercise is often used in various New Age groups but I don’t recommend it. Any exercise where we are told to empty our minds is not good because the point of these kinds of exercises is to get us to see we are not our mind by observing our mind long enough so that we can begin to identify with the observer of the mind rather than mind itself. The Empty Your Mind exercise, instead of getting us to identify with the observer of the mind, mistakenly gets us to identify with emptiness. Now if we are suffering from a lot of garbage in our mind which is torturing us, maybe emptiness provides temporary release, but it does not lead to any kind of transcendental understanding.

  3. Meditation is universal practise and does not belong to any religion.
    Quiet prayer is also a form of meditation and praying is done across all religious groups. The Buddhists and HIndus have used meditation in a big way to gain spirituality and elightenment.
    I guess in the process of searching for internal cleansing, all toxics in the body will automatically be released and hence relieves stress…and all other good benefits. This is scientifically proven.

  4. Meditation is neutral to religion, you may try mindfulness technique, it has roots in buddhism and yoga but you need not understand any buddhist concepts.
    You may also try nature based meditations.
    They are all available free of cost at:
    http://www.clicktomeditate.com
    For mindfulness meditation you can try:
    http://www.clicktomeditate.com/mindfulness_meditation.html
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