Meditation is a form of mind-body medicine practiced in complementary and alternative medicine. Many different types of meditation originated thousands of years ago. It was practiced widely for improving overall health and well-being.
Meditation is an age-old practice that originated in ancient religious and spiritual traditions. There is misconception that meditation is only about finding silence. In fact, meditation is about finding the silence that already exists and making it a part of your existence. Meditation is not about sitting still and succeeding in keeping our minds blank like an empty canvas. It is not about “getting it right” but rather about quieting our mind of all the chaos ongoing in our heads.
Our minds are filled with thoughts and emotions that penetrate into every quiet moment we think we have. If we can achieve freedom from the chaos in our minds even for a few minutes, we gain from that experience. When the chaos calms down, it increases our own vibration.
The calmness we experience during meditation is deeper than the deepest sleep we can have because a free mind is free from agitation, and meditation happens within the serenity and calmness of our minds.
Meditation is a physiological process of the body which is very complex, affecting neural, psychological, behavioral, and autonomic functions. It is an altered state of our consciousness that is different from wakefulness, relaxation, and sleep, in that it is associated with the attainment of a deeply restful, but fully alert state.
Meditation is the result of relaxation of the body and calming of the mind, in which breathing plays an important role. Breathing varies depending on the type of meditation. While some meditation practices recommend passive breathing, other meditation types use the breath as the sole point of focus of meditation. Breath awareness is an anchor for mindfulness meditation. With a quiet mind, a mental stillness arises as the body, mind, and spirit balance each other, which in turn relaxes our nervous system.
Meditation is a self-directed activity, achieved by keeping the mind anchored in the present moment by focusing on a single object. With meditation, we experience a transformation of the body, mind, and spirit as we tap into our inner power.
Medical professionals are enthusiastic about meditation given the vast amount of clinical evidence to suggest that autonomic nervous system’s activity is affected by meditation. Health care providers recommend mindfulness meditation to patients to overcome chronic pain and depression. Incorporating meditation into our lifestyle is definitely associated with better health outcomes.
Different Types Of Meditation
Many different kinds of meditation are practiced; all are based on the principle of transforming the mind to bring calmness and serenity. The different kinds of meditation include Mindfulness meditation, Zen meditation, Chakra meditation, Vipassana meditation, Mantra meditation, Walking meditation, Transcendental meditation, and Movement meditation.