What is Meditation?
Meditation means awareness. "Watching your breath" is meditation; listening to the birds is meditation,
closing your eyes and feeling the wind is meditation. As long as these activities are free from any other
distraction to the mind, it is effective meditation. Meditation means a cessation of the thought process.
Word meditation describes a state of consciousness, in which the mind is free of scattered thoughts.
What Are the Basics of Meditation?
Meditation can be practiced in many different ways. While there are many different meditation techniques,
they all have common elements: quiet mind - with meditation, your thinking mind becomes quiet. Which
means that you stop focusing on your life’s problems (stress), as well as solving these problems; being
in the now - rather than focusing on the past or the future; altered state of consciousness - with time,
maintaining a quiet mind and focusing on the present can lead to an altered level of consciousness that
isn’t a sleeping state but isn’t quite your average wakeful state either. Meditation increases brain activity
in an area of the brain associated with happiness and positive thoughts and emotions, and some evidence
shows that regular practice brings prolonged positive changes in these areas.
What Are the Benefits of Meditation?
There are many subtle benefits of practicing Meditation - greater intuition, compassion, awareness, and
focus to name a few. On the physical level meditation is known to provide many health-enhancing benefits,
like reducing symptoms of stress and anxiety, relieving physical complaints like headaches, and even
enhancing immunity to illness. Through numerous scientific researches significant benefits have been
found for many health conditions, including high blood pressure, heart disease, insomnia, and chronic pain.
Research also has shown significant improvements in mental health, memory, concentration, and productivity.
Is Meditation safe for Expecting Moms?
For expecting moms meditation does not only provide relaxation and all other above mentioned benefits,
but it can also put mom in tune with her baby.
What Are the Benefits of Meditating in a Group Setting?
Because Meditation does not have a specific goal, it is easy to wonder whether or not you are succeeding.
Having the security of a group for meditation can help you stay committed to your practice. A set meeting
time helps to clear space in your schedule for Meditation. To be guided through the meditation process by
an experienced Meditation Facilitator (Teacher) can widen your horizons of meditative experience as well as
provide deeper understanding of your own self. Meditating in a community can offer comfort, additional
knowledge and support.