The benefits of meditation.
Meditation has been growing in popularity in the West, and
studies have shown that it has many benefits.
These include stress reduction, which can lower the chance
of high blood pressure, stroke and heart attack; providing a break in the day, thus refreshing the
meditator who then has renewed energy and attention to put to whatever tasks may be at
Also the interrupting of a person's chronic patterns
of thought, some of which are quite negative and not good for overall health and productivity; and
bringing a person's attention more to the present day so that he or she can enjoy what's happening
now more instead of being stuck worrying about past problems.
These are just some of the benefits meditation can
There's a rub though.
For many, it is difficult to sit still, focusing attention
on breathing in and out. Some of us get distracted easily, or we get achy and itchy. It's just not
always easy to stop, sit still and focus our attention on something simple, like our breath or on a
pleasant scene, which are some of the methods suggested for beginners.
What to do? One possibility is to join a group that is led
by a person who is skilled in leading meditation. Some people know how to produce just the right
rhythm and tone in their voice so that those learning meditation can actually focus and begin to
enjoy some of the benefits of the practice.
Another suggestion is to tell yourself that whatever is
going on is OK. Give yourself permission to be a very bad meditator. Sometimes this sort of
direction is all a person needs to relax and start to enjoy the process of meditating.
Another strategy, which has brought success to many, is to
meditate to special music and sounds designed specifically to help you get into a meditative state.
Using earphones makes the experience quite powerful.
The best thing to do is to get recommendations from friends
who've used CDs to enhance their meditation. If you don't have that, you'll just have to take
the plunge and buy a few.
Some may be disappointing, but you're likely to find at
least one CD that's effective for you if you buy three or four of them.
Andrew Weil is a good place to begin if you're looking for a
healing CD to listen to.
Times for these meditation sessions on CD can range from 10
minutes to an hour. You can work yourself up to the longer sessions gradually.
As for the ones that don't work for you? You can give them
away at office holiday sales or sell them at garage sales or on Ebay. The guide whose voice
irritates you just might be the one to lead your neighbor to Nirvana.
You never know.
Search online for Dr.Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, to get a