Recently, as more people in the West are becoming aware of the importance of health and fitness, they are practicing Eastern traditions such as Yoga and Tai Chi, which emphasize meditation. When they learn how to meditate they are discovering the amazing health and fitness benefits meditation provides.
The health and fitness benefits of meditation are:
* Energy Reduction whole body
* Internal cleansing of the body
* Improvement in the health of major organs
* Less stress / anxiety
* clear mind
* More oxygen to the cells
* More energy
* Positive mood
most important reason to meditate is because it just makes you feel better. And if you do not understand what feeling good will do for you, you have missed the point of life.
Beyond the health and fitness benefits of meditation the real reason for meditation is to educate yourself. You do this by mixing with soul.
You do not have to call it “soul” if you do not like that word, call it what you want. All that is important is that you realize there is an energy force that is separate from the body to keep you alive in the body.
This energy source is much higher and wider part of yourself you can begin to understand the nature, but it is just important to recognize that it exists. You can get in touch with it through meditation.
Meditation, through breathing techniques, will teach you how to quiet thinking mind and focus your attention on your inner being. When you are able to do so (as with all this takes consistent practice) you will find the amazing benefits of meditation. I can not really describe the peaceful, positive feeling of meditation in words, you really need to experience it yourself.
How to learn techniques
There are endless meditation instruction books, CD’s and videos available on the internet to teach you how to meditate. Amazon has some great stuff if you just type in the keyword phrase “meditation.”
You tube also has many free instructional videos to teach you many different methods of meditation as well as yoga and Tai Chi. You can also enroll in yoga, tai chi, or meditation courses in your area.
Other things to help you
The environment you are in can be an important factor in your meditation. When you get good at meditation you can do it anywhere at any time, but once you start, and for ideal conditions, it is good to have a very relaxing place to be.
Many even make their own meditation area or room in their home. Others meditate always out in the wild. Do whatever you have to do to find a place where you can relax.
Furthermore, it is sometimes best to use either a CD or DVD of guided meditation with someone guiding you, or take out the music that relaxes you. It is very useful to be able to meditate in silence, but many people find it much harder than with music or mentor.