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By Mike Selvon
There are many stressful situations in today's society that can leave us feeling rundown and feeling stretched to our capacities. With work, family life and all of the other responsibilities that plague our days it can be difficult letting it all go and finding peace. But peace is exactly what the body needs to function properly. Many people find that they cannot sleep at night with all of their responsibilities running through their minds.
There is a way to bring peace to your life and that is through meditation. It is a practice that dates back thousands of years and has help people find the peace and solace they need to salve their emotional and physical wounds left by their troubles. In this article we will cover the basics of meditation and how it can help you live a better life.
Is meditation part of a religion?
Yes, meditation is part of many religions. Most people associate meditation with Buddhism or Hinduism but in reality there are many religions that practice some form of meditation. It may be the Catholic who uses his or her prayers as a way to relieve stress and help them form a deeper connection to God. Even people who are not religious often practice meditation as a way to help them unwind and begin to think clearly about problems that may be plaguing their lives.
What are some forms of meditation?
Most often the forms of meditation are associated with different religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and even Christianity. But there are different ways that each form is used. The Chinese Qi Gong uses meditation as a way to open up the Qi (Chi) and allow the natural energy lines of the body to flow.
Many times even within a religion there are several different forms of meditation that are used to bring peace and tranquility to the user. In Hinduism there are six different forms of meditative practices that the believer uses for different purposes. They involve different sitting positions and different thoughts that the user concentrates upon.
How can meditation relieve stress?
Meditation is a great way to relieve stress. When the mind and body is full of stress the spirit and mind begins to decline. By assuming a static position, or even using the dynamic meditation principles, the body is brought to awareness by the user. You allow your breathing to come under control and begin to acknowledge the pressures and thoughts that are plaguing you.
After you have acknowledged the stressful situation you allow your mind to work through the process carefully. You simply acknowledge the problem and then let your mind begin to flow. If you use this in conjunction with relaxation training it helps the body begins to relax and lose its tenseness.
What are the physical postures for meditation?
With each different form or religion that teaches meditation as one of its fundamental practices you can see that there are several different positions that are important in the meditation process. Here are a few of the physical postures that are important in most meditation methods: the spine, the hands, the eyes, the focus and cross legged sitting.
The spine is often positioned in an upright position to encourage positive spiritual energy to flow through the body. The hands are kept in a variety of gestures that are said to effect consciousness. The eyes are usually kept shut so that outside disturbances are kept out. The focus is where you concentrate internally on a single thought, prayer or your breathing.
The cross legged sitting position is one that many people deviate on because not everyone is comfortable sitting in a meditative position for a long period of time. They should be in a position that allows comfort so that they are not plagued by physical pains during their concentrative period.