A person who is meditating uses certain techniques, such as focusing attention, an open attitude toward distracting thoughts and emotions and a specific posture. One can meditate for different reasons like relaxation, mental calmness, and to cope with one or more diseases and conditions; psychological balance; and for overall wellness.
Purpose Of Meditation
Many people practice meditation for a number of health-related purposes.
Till today, it is not known completely, what changes occur in the body during meditation; whether they influence health or not; and, if it does, how.
Meditation refers to a group of techniques, most of which started in Eastern religious or spiritual traditions. These techniques have been accepted by many different cultures throughout the world for thousands of years. Many people take the help of meditation outside of its traditional religious, for their good health and wellness purposes.
Through meditation, a person learns to focus his attention, increase concentration and suspend the stream of thoughts that normally occupy the mind. This practice helps to attain greater physical relaxation, mental calmness, and psychological balance.
Meditation can change person’s relation between flow of emotions and thoughts in the mind.
Most types of meditation have four main elements in common:
A quiet And Calm Location
Many of them prefer a quiet and calm place with minimum distractions. This can be helpful for starters. People who have been practicing meditation for a longer period of time develop the ability to meditate in public places, like waiting rooms or buses.
A specific, Comfortable Posture
Meditation can be done while standing, sitting, walking, lying down, or in other positions. There is no perfect posture for meditation. One meditates according to his or her comfort.
A Focus Of Attention
Focusing attention is a part of meditation. For example, the meditator may focus on a mantra, an object, or the breath.
An Open Attitude
Open attitude means letting distractions come and go naturally without stopping to think about them or getting disturbed. If the thoughts wander then they should be brought back to focus.
Meditation For Health Purposes
Meditation can be also practiced for good health:
Through meditation the brain, the rest of the body, the mind, and behavior become interacted. Meditation can affect emotional, mental, social, spiritual, and behavioral factors.
There are also people use meditation for various health problems, like anxiety, pain, depression, NCCAM-3 and self-esteem problems, stress, insomnia, physical or emotional symptoms that may be related with chronic illnesses, such as: Cardiovascular (heart) disease, HIV/AIDS, Cancer.
Meditation is also used for overall wellness