Stress

Meditation


Meditation is the practice of focusing your attention on the present moment. It produces a state of deep relaxation where, unlike sleep, the mind is wide awake and alert.

 

Anybody can practice meditation to increase their calm and focus. It is a very beneficial relaxation tool that can be practiced by people of various ages and backgrounds -- anyone who is interested, whether they are children, students, athletes, performers, or business people -- can gain the benefits of meditation.

 

Benefits of Meditation

  • Reduces stress
  • Increases calm & psychological balance
  • Improves concentration, memory, and information processing
  • May increase empathy
  • Aids treatment of high blood pressure, heart disease, and pain-management
  • Helpful in reducing anxiety, obsessive thinking, depression, and hostility

(cited from NCCAM)

 

Practice Meditation

  • With meditation, your body should be in a relaxed yet alert position -- either sitting or laying down. 

Remember to breathe deeply, slowly, and regularly.

  • Focus on an image, word, sound (like "ooommm"), your breathing, relaxing music, or nothing at all.

It is important to have an open attitude -- let thoughts, feelings, and distractions come and go in a nonjudgmental manner, and return your attention back to the word, sound, or image that you are focusing on.

  • When engaging in meditation, it is necessary to have 5-20 distraction-free minutes to spend.

It is helpful to have silence and privacy, but more practiced meditators can meditate anywhere. Beginning meditators should begin with a 5-minute session, and with more practice, increase the amount of time spent meditating.

 

  • Enjoy the sense of relaxation and the state of your clutter-free mind! Appreciate the moment.

More About Meditation

 

Websites:

NCCAM - Meditation

Wikipedia - Meditation

LearningMeditation.com

Online Meditation Exercises:

UCSD Center for Mindfulness - Online Meditations

UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center - Online Meditations

Mayo Clinic - Meditation Break Video