Last updated on January 30, 2010 at 9:00 am EDT by in5d Alternative News
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How often do you feel stress and anxiety? How often do you meditate? Those who meditate can attest that meditation equals relaxation!
How do I meditate?
The first step is learning how to meditate. There are many different forms of meditation techniques, and many of these techniques can be intertwined with one another. My best advice is to study as many forms of meditation as possible, such as transcendental meditation, vipassana, mirror meditation, yoga and so on, and then choose several methods that you enjoy the most. As mentioned, you can also mix meditations to create your own, personalized meditation routine. Here at in5d, we cover a wide range of techniques and methods, so try them out and see which ones you like the best!
There are many physiological, psychological and spiritual meditation benefits, such as how meditation reduces anxiety and stress while enhancing energy and vigor. Meditation improves your ability to focus and to concentrate. Spiritually, meditation gives you that sense of oneness while connecting to your higher source of power as well as to your higher self.
The Harvard affiliated Mind-Body Medical Institute completed a meditation study in which they discovered a ‘relaxation response’ to meditation in which various biochemical and physical changes happened to the subject’s bodies. Notable differences included changes in metabolism, blood pressure, respiration, heart rate and brain chemistry.
The most notable meditation benefits are the complete feeling of relaxation and how it brings you closer to your higher source of power.
Meditation increases serotonin levels which help to promote relaxation
Serotonin is neurotransmitter that is produced in the brain and is made from the amino acid, tryptophan. Tryptophan is found in high amounts in turkey, so it’s not surprising that after you eat a turkey dinner, you have the feeling of relaxation. This is the same relaxation feeling that you receive when you meditate!
Medical research has indicated the people with low levels of serotonin are more likely to have anxiety and depression, which are usually treated with Big Pharma medications, but can generally be addressed through meditation.
Do you ever feel good after watching the nightly news?
As we know, we cannot control the elite, but with positive thoughts and intentions through meditation, we can change our physical reality and well-being. The main stream media promotes an agenda of fear and anxiety as a means to control the population through mind control measures. On occasion, they will finish with a “feel good” story to make a good last impression on you. Meditation does the exact opposite! When your meditation is complete, you feel incredibly relaxed and at peace with the world.
Just do it and have fun!
In our busy lives, it is sometimes difficult to find the time to meditate every day, but if we make it part of our daily routine, then we can always find the time to meditate. The best time to meditate is when you feel like it! Research has indicated that it is most beneficial to meditate in the morning when you are less likely to fall asleep, but in this writer’s opinion, there isn’t a bad time to meditate. Just do it and have fun!
About the Author: Gregg Prescott, M.S. is the founder and editor of In5D and BodyMindSoulSpirit. He hosts a weekly spiritual show on In5D Radio and promotes spiritual, metaphysical and esoteric conferences in the United States through In5dEvents. Gregg is currently working in collaboration with Michelle Walling, CHLC, in opening a holistic walk-in clinic called Alternative Holistic Healthcare (AHH) in Sarasota, FL with subsequent subsidiaries around the world based upon this model.
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