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Meditation, Stress Reduction and More

Updated on June 1, 2011

History

Meditation has been widely considered to be one of the oldest form of mental and spiritual practices in existence.  There has recently been artifacts discovered in India that suggest the practice of meditation could be as old as 5000 years old.  Furthermore researchers from different parts of the world suggest that meditation could even have been started in primitive hunter and gatherer societies that use to stare into the flames of their fires to attain different states of consciousness.  Today when we think of meditation we are usually reminded of the iconic figure of Buddha.  Buddha teachings and practices where quickly spread throughout Asia.  Soon afterwards many different various forms of the practice started appearing all throughout Asia.  It was not until the 1960's and 70's that different forms of the practice of meditation reached North America.  Ever since there have been many studies that show the clear benefits, both mentally and physically meditation. 

If you lead a normal life here in North America, there is no doubt that things get pretty stressful whether it be work related, social, personal, or even children.  We have all at one point or another experienced high levels of stress, this is a normal process of the body which is trying to alter to your environment.  Stress is the response of your body telling you that there is something wrong and that something needs to be done in order rid the body and mind of the stress.  However, if stress levels start to get out of control there are serious repercussions that one can suffer as a result.  Meditation has been one of the most popular methods of reducing stress and helping lead a health lifestyle.  Meditation does not require any sort of equipment or specialized training to learn, can be done almost anywhere, and doesn't not require a lot of time, usually 15-20 minutes a day. 

Benefits of Mediation

  • Reduces stress levels
  • Increases blood flow in the body and reduces your heart rate
  • Helps people with high blood pressure
  • Lowers your risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Decreases the aging process
  • Increases energy levels
  • Relaxation of the nervous system
  • Helps to focus our minds
  • React more efficiently to stressful situations
  • Can help people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol quit
  • Develop a more spiritual existence
  • Discover the power of consciousness and purpose
  • and many more

So if there any of you that are reading this page and would like to start practicing a form of meditation, please do take the time to check this website out, there are a lot of good information on this site that anyone can benefit from.

http://helpguide.org/mental/stress_relief_meditation_yoga_relaxation.htm

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