As many people know, the practice of meditation is beneficial to overall health. Meditation may cause increased happiness, decreased stress, reduced anxiety, increased focus, optimism, better health and inner peace.
In meditation, a person learns to focus attention, to become mindful of thoughts and sensations and to observe them in a nonjudgmental way. The result is often a state of greater calmness, physical relaxation and psychological balance. Practicing meditation can even change how a person relates to the flow of emotions and thoughts.
Meditation has long believed to be a way to reduce stress and bring inner peace. When you meditate, you clear away the information overload that builds up every day and contributes to your stress. Benefits of meditation can include:
- Gaining a new perspective on stressful situations
- Building skills to manage stress
- Increasing self-awareness
- Focusing on the present
- Reducing negative emotions
A new study now demonstrates that meditation may potentially help shield military personnel from PTSD and the other dangers of combat stress. Mindful meditation, the researchers suggest that "responses to stress may be improved through training prior to stress exposure…”
There are many places that offer meditation classes. But it can be even simpler!
Whether on line or at a bookstore, there are countless resources on “how to meditate” to fit your lifestyle.
Meditation need not be a 30-60 minute commitment.
Begin your meditation practice with just five minutes a day – and gradually increase your time. And remember, it takes practice.
Some days will be hard; others easy, it’s all part of the journey.