Have you ever tried Meditation? We all have a lot of stress in our
lives. Meditation can help us to relax. Although some use it to improve
their spiritual life, it can also be used to calm and focus the mind. Some quiet
time every day can improve one's life!
This web page is a resource for learning about Meditation. Further
down on this page, we present an article called, "How to Improve
Concentration, Reduce Stress, and Connect to Life Through Meditation". The
article is written by a woman who uses Meditation to focus on the present instead
of worrying about the future. Read the article and learn how to use
Meditation to keep stressful and unwanted thoughts out of your mind.
After you read our article, follow the Related Links we provide to
other informative and interesting web sites about Meditation. Also, be
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learn even more about Meditation. Two of the books even come with CDs to
listen to, as you learn to Meditate. Learn some relaxation techniques
and learn to live fully in the present. Do these things and watch your
An informative article about Meditation. It covers different
types of Meditation, Postures, Purposes and Effects, and Health applications and clinical
studies on Meditation.
A rather long article on one man's thoughts and opinion on Meditation.
According to the article, "Meditation brings a sense of fullness and completion
and is the only permanent source of tranquility available to human beings." Contains
sections on Positions and what to do while Meditating. There are links to related
Online Meditation Center
A site that provides instruction on all forms of Meditation.
"The World Wide Online Meditation Center is a user-friendly site, created to provide
clear, straight-forward meditation instruction to people anywhere on the planet...The
information you'll find here is universal, i.e. drawn from many of the world's great
mystical teachings, not representative of any one tradition."
Fifteen Common questions on Meditation, with Answers.
A page on the health benefits of Meditation. This web site "is American
WholeHealth Networks' award-winning Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) education
website. The site is dedicated to providing the best in integrative health and wellness
our exclusive Feature Article:
How to Improve Concentration, Reduce Stress, and Connect to Life Through Meditation
Like many people, I've learned to multitask my way through life: working, planning,
eating, and even watching TV all at the same time. Seems convenient and time saving,
but this pace can wreck a person's concentration. Sometimes, when reading, I find
my mind straying to thoughts of what book I'm going to read next instead of paying
attention to the one I'm reading now! To train my mind to focus, I practice meditation
regularly, and use its lessons to keep stressful and unhelpful thoughts at bay.
In a busy culture that encourages constant activity, the idea of sitting quietly and
meditating upon nothingness every day may seem useless. Meditation is often seen as
something hippies did, or as just another trendy new-age idea. Some believe it to
be against their religion, as the practice has its origins in Hinduism. True, meditation
can have a deep spiritual value. But it can also be a calming, contemplative practice
for anyone who wishes to try it, regardless of their religious belief.
The benefits of establishing a regular meditation practice are many. It puts your
mind squarely in the present, not worried about what's been done or what has to be
done later. This ability to concentrate in meditation will spread to other areas of
your life. If you learn to focus, you'll find yourself paying more attention when
someone is talking with you. You'll see and hear your favorite things without distraction,
focusing on just one artwork, one song, even one meal (yes, enjoying your food instead
of mindlessly reaching for more may also help you maintain a healthy weight!) If you're
impatient and often ruled by emotions, you'll learn to look deeper than your first
reactions and act more wisely in stressful situations. Recent studies at the University
of Wisconsin-Madison suggest that meditation even boosts your immune system, so why
not give it a try?
To start, sit comfortably in a chair or on the floor in a quiet room. You don't need
to sit cross-legged if that's uncomfortable, but you should keep a straight spine
and feel "at attention." Close your eyes. Now just "watch" your mind. Random thoughts
will come up ("Did I remember to pay the phone bill?" "I wonder if there's any cheese
left.") Don't worry; you can't rid your mind of these everyday things, nor should
you try. The idea is to accept these trails of thought, but not cling to them. If
you become aware that you're actively thinking of something, just let it go. Sometimes
disturbing thoughts and personal problems arise, tempting you to stop and go do something
else; resist this. A visualization technique I enjoy is the image of a soap bubble,
trapping the pesky thought. I see my finger popping the bubble and it's gone!
So, if you're not paying attention to your thoughts, what should you be focusing on?
There is no right answer, but a variety of techniques which appeal to different people.
If one doesn't seem to be working for you, try another next time.
One relaxing technique is to focus on the breath. Watch its rhythm. Feel every bit
of the inhalation: the passage of air through your nose, your chest rising. Then feel
the exhalation. Let that be the only thing that matters, the only thing you are doing.
Watch for that moment between inhaling and exhaling. The inhalation is complete; you
don't know when your body will start the exhalation. And then it happens!
You might prefer to focus on a word, or an image. "Om," that classic Sanskrit mantra
which means "one," is a common word to repeat during meditation. You may prefer a
different word, "peace" or "amen" for example. Inhale slowly and deeply, letting the
word into your mind. Exhale, saying the word out loud. Let it come from deep inside.
If you prefer a visual focus, try a candle flame, an item in your favorite color,
or a special image in your mind.
One thoroughly relaxing technique involves the "corpse," a perhaps frightening name
for a basic yoga pose. Lie down on your back, palms up at your sides, feet splaying
naturally. Focus on all the places your body meets the floor: the backs of your legs,
your shoulder blades, etc. Now think about the rest of your body sinking down. Relax
the area between your eyebrows and imagine your entire face sliding down from that
point! Let the peace and stillness of your body sinking towards the ground put your
mind in a relaxed place. I find this one to be a gentle reminder that we all come
from the earth and will one day return, and that's a natural and inevitable part of
Ten minutes of meditation a day is a good start. Don't be discouraged if you have
trouble concentrating; it's called "practice" for a reason. In fact, don't worry about
"doing it right" or achieving a goal at all. Just watch what happens without pressure
or frustration. Bring your mind back when it strays. My favorite thought is, "when
I'm meditating, I'm meditating." This means I've set aside time for this activity.
I don't need to be thinking about washing the dishes or paying taxes. When I do those
things, I'll do those things. It's good to remind yourself that, right now, there
is nothing but this wonderful, present moment. Let that thought inform every aspect
of your life!
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