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Meditating to Help Your Mind & Soul
While meditation is as old as history itself, it did not find its place in Western culture until the early 1960's and '70's. This was a tumultuous period when much of our culture was being questioned, tested and redefined, and many turned to meditation to cope with the pressure.
It was during this stressful time that practitioners realized that one of the most important aspects of meditation is its ability to release stress from our bodies. This “cleansing” is achieved by bridging the gap between consciousness and our unconscious selves allowing situations or “bad” thoughts that increase stress to become less significant and lose their power.
Benefits of Meditation
Mental and physical benefits that come from a daily meditation practice include:
To Begin Meditation
Posture is important, but you must be comfortable with your back upright and the line of your spine to you head straight. Most practitioners use a seated position on the ground with their hands relaxed in their lap. Do not lay flat as a beginner as you may literally fall asleep rather than meditate.
Slowly exhale and completely empty your lungs. Slowly and gently inhale and exhale through your nose with a deep rhythmic cycle filling your lungs to capacity and exhaling the air completely. This “belly breathing” involves slow, complete and long in and out breaths. Pause briefly at the end of each in and out breath. Focus on the feeling and sounds of your breathing.
You will learn to activate your heart-mind connection and a thought-clearing mode. As conscious thoughts arise, learn to dismiss them by surrounding them with the six virtues of appreciation, compassion, forgiveness, humility, valor, and understanding.
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