Meditation: the benefits.

Meditation has a long history. In most peoples mind meditation seems to be the humming sounds coming from a "pretzelified" individual. It is a practice that has been in and out of 'fashion' many a-time.

The hustle and bustle of modern life demands the total emotional involvement of both mind and body. This usually means no time for the fun and simple things on a daily bases.

It is important to notice and acknowledge the signs; to know when to switch things off, even if only for a ten minute break. With some practice a meditative state can be gained quickly, which will be of real physical and mental benefit. Also while taking a 'breather' the brain and the body seem to reconnect.

Color, touch and sound can all be effective tools in meditation, used to bring on mental and physical relaxation.

Color: It is well documented that the different colors affect our well-being in everyday living...i.e. restaurants being painted red to motivate eaters to vacate tables faster, green walls for harmony, blue for peace and relaxation etc. In meditation color is used in similar ways. Test this out--find a comfortable spot to sit; close your eyes, take three deep breaths, and focus on red; once your whole minds eye is filled with red; slowly let it change into blue or green; gradually allowing it to fill your whole 'screen'; as the color fills in, you will notice your body relaxing and you will feel some inner peace. Congrats you have just meditated.

Touch: Young children sometimes hold or rub one earlobe when they feel tense. Worry beads rubbed between fingers are another good example of the benefits of touch to reach a calming state of mind. Find a nice sized smooth pebble in your driveway or use a peacan nut still in it's shell, or a large marble for this next experiment. Test this out--find your comfy sitting position; close your eyes; take three deep breaths; feel the marble in your hand; pass it back and forth between your hands; totally concentrate on the smooth warm feel of the marble; see and feel the smoothness in your minds eye... Did you notice a calmness come over you? Congrats you have just meditated.

Sound:The 'ahum' chant repeated over and over by the yoga instructor has its purpose. Its called a mantra. It's creating a focus point which will help to bring on a meditative state. It takes a bit of practice and should be done with sound, eventually with practice, it will be enough to imagin the sound but that takes some time. It doesn't have to be the 'ahum' any simple smooth short word can be used, especially a word with the letter 'm' at the end i.e Mom, calm, jam. The sound of either of these words, calmly repeated on and on with each exhaled breath can be just as effective. Test this out: You know the drill; find your comfy spot to sit; close your eyes; take three deep breaths; using your word of choice or 'ahum' chant it as you let out each breath; listen to each chant; really hear each chant; by the time you've done this twenty or thirty times you will start to feel relaxation setting in. Congrats, you did it again you have just meditated.

Some people will refer to 'my happy place' it means just that, they or their mind has found a place or level where the brain can be disaccociated with the suroundings. This would be a very deep state of meditation, if you will. To try to capture that 'special place' for a beginner will take practice. Using all three of the above mentioned methods is relaxing and will do the body good no-matter how short a time you can dedicate to it.

Lets try one more experiment Test this out: Again find your comfy spot; three deep breaths; close your eyes; start chanting 'ahum' while the color blue is slowly filling your 'screen'; gradually this scene of a fall forest with all the yellow,orange and green hue fills your minds eye; still chanting as you breathe out, you can almost hear the leaves rustling in the wind...You are relaxing and almost melting into your chair...

If done regularily meditation will be able to bring you to a cozy fuzzy place where you can rejuvenate in harmony and calmness just so you can return to the breakneck speed of everyday life. Also knowing that when it gets to be too much a couple of 'ahums' spell relief

Keep trying, it takes practice. It is not an easy task to switch off the brain even for a few minutes. When I first started I never got too far because I always fell asleep. I was told by a professional that this was common and to just persevere. Meditation has helped me tremendiously over the years, especially as I used to work seventy plus hours weelky.

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Zsuzsy Bee 4 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Fady Ageeb thank you for taking a look and for commenting.

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FadyAgeeb 4 years ago

meditation so interesting subject to talk about and u posted a great hub looking for more

i wrote some of my own but u are a good meditation writer


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Francois thank you for taking a look and for commenting.

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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FduToit 6 years ago from Johannesburg, South Africa

Hi Zsuzsy,

Very nice hub! Well written and informative. I have just published a hub page as well about meditation but I love reading what other people have to say about it.

Wishing all the very best!

Francois


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Al so glad you checked the hub out and that it was able to give you some good info. Meditation makes my life a whole lot better that's for sure.

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Mystique1957 6 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

Zsuzsy... I finally got to read the first hub from you! There are so many good hubbers in this community that sometimes it is impossible to get to read them and comment them all. However, this subject, which I consider to be paramount in my life just grabbed me by the hand and here I am. I loved all the variables you put here. Especially, touch and color changing mind screens.

Great info. Thanks for sharing it!

Thumbs up!

warm regards and blessings,

Al


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Ripplemaker! Thanks for your comment.

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ripplemaker 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hi Zsuzsy! I just finished my daily meditation. Coincidence I stumbled on your hub? Nah... haha You are right, I too used to fall asleep. But even if I did, I was sleeping rested. Indeed it has great benefits. :-) Cool hub.


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

CGull! I agree that meditation can soothe many aches and pains. Especially if they're caused by stress.

Thanks for your comment

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cgull8m 8 years ago from North Carolina

I meditate regularly for the past 10 years, it has immense benefits. I do about 10 to 15 minutes a day mediation and chant "OM" repeatedly and it really soothes me. It also helps relieve backaches, headaches and other ailments.


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Earth Angel! Thank you for your comments! I practice meditation twice a day (most days) 10- 15 minutes at a time and that usually gives me enough juice to continue on my merry fast way...

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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Thanks for taking a look Manoharv2001

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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Kenny! Thank you very much for your comment! Meditation has helped me stay sane...(well, but then maybe I was never sane Hmmm a thought to ponder)

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Earth Angel 8 years ago

Another GREAT Hub Zsuzsy!! I have practiced various forms of meditation for over 30 years!! I, too started with TM and loved it for years!! My practice evolved into kind of my own thing!! Without fail I spend 15 minutes in the morning and 1 hour in the early evening in meditation!! It helps me keep my sanity!! I have heard it said that 15-20 minutes of effective meditation can equal 4 hours of sleep!! Works for me!! Another GREAT Hub!! Thanks for sharing!! Earth Angel!!


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Kenny Wordsmith 8 years ago from Chennai

Fast-paced, stressed, furious people need a dose of meditation. I used to be one of those before, but now I'm too relaxed for my own good!

Great hub, as always, Zsuzsy!


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Marisa Wright 8 years ago from Sydney

Zsuzsy, I do think TM is right when it claims to be more effective than do-it-yourself methods. But as i said, that's not necessarily a good thing!


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Marisa! I guess it depends on how deep you let youself get. I have never lost joy and everything. I worked real hard and got tired, a customer was a pain in the watoosi I shut down for 10 minutes. Counting works the best for me. After 10 minutes I'm refreshed ready for the next 6-7 hours.

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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Jack! thanks for taking a look.

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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Michelle Thanks for visiting.

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Marisa Wright 8 years ago from Sydney

Great Hub! I practiced Transcendental Meditation for 17 years and changed from a burst-into-tears-at-the-drop-of-a-hat drama queen to someone who was referred to at work as "the calm in the eye of the storm". Having said that, you do have to use meditation with caution - I found that while it was great not to feel the bad stress, it screened me from the good stress too. It was ony when I stopped doing TM that I remembered what pure joy felt like!

I've thought about going back to TM many times, but on balance, I'd rather weather the lows of life so I can enjoy the blissful highs, rather than live on a monotone, however pleasant.


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jstankevicz 8 years ago from Cave Creek

Hi Zsuzsy - I like the way described your steps then reinforced it with the "test this out". Nice hubpage. Jack


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Michele Engholm 8 years ago from Hutchinson

Oh my did I NEED this hub! Thanks Zsuzsy! Wonderful as usual! Now off to find my calm.....


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

MrMarmalade! Thanks for your comments. I have a couple of recipes they are in Hungarian and I need to translate them for you.

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MrMarmalade 8 years ago from Sydney

Great Hub

Your capacity to change horses midstream fascinates me. From one subject to another.

Good Hub.

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