Learn About Meditation

Posted on October 22, 2012 by Tools For Wellness

Meditation is your first defense against the stresses that are inherent in your busy daily life. Your responsibilities to your family, career, and friends are certainly blessings in your life, but balancing each of them so that you may find a sliver of time for yourself is challenging; consequently, many individuals have turned to mediation to help them replace that pressure-induced anxiety with inner peace.

Meditation is a time-honored method of reducing the physical pain that is frequently a side effect of stress. The Journal of Neuroscience has indeed discovered that relatively novice meditators display a 40% reduction in pain intensity and a 57% reduction in pain unpleasantness after just a few meditative sessions. Plus, other research has demonstrated mediation’s role in “reducing feelings of loneliness in some individuals and pro-inflammatory gene reduction in still others.”

Effective mediation, however, is more easily theorized than practiced. It can be a challenge to prohibit life’s swirling concerns from dominating that quiet time when you are seeking your inner sanctum. Thankfully there are steps that you can take to calm your mind and center your focus during meditation.

First, silently ask a really big question. Big picture questions do not have any clear cut answer that can located in some textbook or library. Instead, these open ended inquiries allow your mind to wander through your beliefs, transforming your opinions about the world and your place within it.

Such grandiose thoughts will also allow you to better define your connection to the divine. Genuine reflection allows you to consider the relationship that you have with divinity, the natural world, and your fellow man. The more you are able to witness the innerconnectedness of all life, the less sway the little things will have over your existence.

Lastly, make sure that you stew in your new ideologies. The more you permit your new thoughts and perceptions to saturate your mind, the more likely you will be to carry that new understanding into the daily interactions and workings of your life.

It is important to remember that you have certain tools for wellness at your disposal. With the appropriate application of these supports, you will be able to maximize the positive impact that meditation can have on your daily life.