Meditation: An introduction
Meditation can mean many things and has been described to be almost anything that works on the mind. The mind is amazingly powerful and creative both for good and bad. The mind is what sets us apart from most animals but sometimes that mind controls us in a way that is self-limiting or destructive. Have you ever heard that voice that says you are not good enough? That is what I am talking about, everyone has that voice in them. Some have learned to understand that the voice is there and have learned to manage what information they will accept from the mind and what can be discarded due to the detrimental effects they can have.
Meditation gives you an open window to learn more about yourself. It allows you to start experiencing the voice differently, it is no longer just going freely and having its way with you all of the time. You are now aware of the thoughts and you are able to start to free yourself of the problems of the mind. Most techniques that are taught in ancient teachings use bodily functions to stimulate the brain to allow the separation of you and the mind.
· This can be done with visualization. You are instructed to focus so much on a visual entity that the mind has little space to do anything but see the visualization. When enough time passes, the freedom of the mind will allow the person to see the separation of themselves and the mind.
· Breath can be calming. Using the breath is potentially one of the most powerful modes of stimulation of the brain. There are many forms of breath work that I have seen used to access the mind. Each type of breath technique seems to have a different outcome. So it is important to know what you are trying to achieve before trying to do some of the techniques.
· Body movement. Body movement can help give input or stimulus to the body that again consumes the mind and allows the person to start freeing themselves from the thoughts of the mind.
· Repetitive sound. A person can also enter into meditative states with the use of sound or humming. If the sound is loud enough and potentially provides a vibrational aspect to the head it can start to bring a calming effect to the brain.
Why? Why is this important?
We all have problems. We all have coping mechanisms for the problems. But are they effective? Are you really freeing yourself of the problem or are you just finding ways to package them away? Meditation directly affects brain function. We are at a certain level of activity when we are awake and there is less activity when we are asleep for example. Stress makes brain activity higher and can make it less cohesive and more chaotic. That chaos is what we are trying to manage.
The use of meditation will help you change the brain patterns and actually relax the brain. There have been more and more studies now that we have the technology that demonstrates this well. Once the brain is at a certain state, you have an open window to start working on the problems that you could not manage before. Your brain waves are at a level where your brain can accept new information with minimal interference. The longer you stay in these states and telling yourself a different story than the story that is giving your stress you are rewiring the brain. For me, that is the reason to meditate. Freedom of the mind.
About the Author
Rajesh is a Physical Therapist and Life Coach, who is passionate about health and wellness. He is interested in all aspects of general well being including fitness, and mindfulness. He continues to learn and grow from his patients and the profession he loves.
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