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What exactly is meditation and how do you do it?

Also have you noticed any health benifiets from it? Have you noticed any difference in your levels of stress? What are the benifiets? Thanks!!!

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  1. Meditation is a discipline of consciousness, beyond the conditioned, “thinking” mind, in a state of relaxation. It often involves turning attention to a single point of reference. Meditation is recognized as a component of almost all religions, and has been practiced for over 5,000 years. It is also practiced outside religious traditions. Different meditative disciplines encompass a wide range of spiritual and/or psychophysical practices which may emphasize different goals — from achievement of a higher state of consciousness, to greater focus, creativity or self-awareness, or simply a more relaxed and peaceful frame of mind.
    There are many forms of meditation. Most trace their ancestry from ancient yoga and Zen Buddhism. TM, or transcendental Meditation, based upon Hindu teaching, is practiced by some. A secret mantra (sound) is given to the meditator by a teacher of the technique. This sound is then repeated over and over with eyes closed. Some types of Hindu and Buddhist practices focus upon a mandala- a visualization of some object such as a thousand-petal lotus. Regardless of their origin, all the meditative techniques have at least two phases. The first is to quiet the body, and the second is to quiet the mind.
    This relaxation is often done in the following sequence:
    1. Relaxing the motor muscles i.e. arms, legs
    2. Decreasing the breathing rate.
    3. Decreasing the rate of other body functions.
    4. Slowing brain activities.
    Meditation is often considered the process of trying to eliminate the chatter of the mind-the constant thinking, planning, and fantasizing-which occupies the conscious state of the mind every waking moment. As arousal is reduced, so is anxiety. Self transcendence, or an altered state, is then achieved. Most meditators find they feel creative, positive, calm, and energetic after meditation.(Including me =D)
    A simple easy to learn meditative exercise, which combines both a mantra and a mandala, is described as follows:
    1. Find a quiet place where you can be alone if possible. (This technique may be done in crowded places as long as it is appropriate for you to close your eyes. If you cannot escape to your bedroom or other isolated spot, you can always close the stall door in a public facility to achieve some degree of aloneness and privacy.)
    2. Sit in a comfortable position.
    3. Close your eyes and take three deep breaths. Let your thoughts come and go.
    4. Start to visualize a particular object-for example, a rose.
    5. In your thoughts, start to repeat the word for the object-“rose”-over and over, at any speed or rhythm it wants to go.
    6. As you continue to repeat the word, start to imagine the rose opening and closing in the same rhythm.
    7. If distracting thoughts come into your mind, let them pass through. Continue to repeat your word and see its image. (Often, worries of the day, like “what shall I have for dinner” or “I have three exams to study for,” will flow through your mind to distract you.?
    8. Keep this process going from two to twenty minutes.
    9. When it is time to stop, open your eyes slowly.
    You should feel relaxed, refreshed, and less anxious after trying this technique.

  2. Meditation is a discipline of consciousness, beyond the conditioned, “thinking” mind, in a state of relaxation. It often involves turning attention to a single point of reference.
    It will truly lower stress level when taken seriously and done properly.

  3. Hi,
    Meditation is truly very beneficial. Quieting the mind, taking the body into a relaxed state.
    There are lots of benefits. Try it, but don’t put pressure on yourself to be able to meditate completely on the first try. It takes practice, but with each attempt you get closer and closer to the meditative state you wish to achieve. Even just 5 to 15 minutes a day will be beneficial.

  4. Among the benefits are more relaxed/less stress (and that alone has lots of other benefits)…and a quiet mind.
    As for what and how…I would suggest an article called ‘Effortless Meditation’ in the Other Work section of http://www.awaken2life.org
    Also of possible interest is episode 6 of the podcast on that site called ‘The Art of Meditation’

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