Meditation of one style or another can be found in most of the major religions, including Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam. Many forms of meditation result in clearing one’s mind which promotes a sense of calm and heightened awareness. Scientific studies show that the regular practice of meditation can be a powerful healing tool. There is perhaps no universal agreement as to how to define meditation other than it is a practice or set of practices by which one trains the mind to push past the “thinking mind” to another state of consciousness.
In modern western thought, meditative techniques are often generally divided into two broad categories: focused meditation and mindfulness meditation.
Our local meditation group had quite a few people for our 4-hour sitting yesterday and 8-10 people stayed afterward for tea and cheese and crackers and apples and various things people brought. Poet and writer Fleda Brown reflects on the gatherings of her weekly meditation group, speaking to you as one who has long practiced meditation but still comes to the practice with a learner’s mind.
While meditation comes in dozens of forms, including the popular transcendental and mindfulness methods, they all involve one thing: a heightened state of awareness. Research shows that meditation can increase alpha and theta brainwave activity, which is linked to relaxation. Slipping into a meditative state can light up the area of your noggin that controls complex thoughts and positive emotions.
Meditation increases activity in your parasympathetic nervous system, which controls your rest-and-digest functions (the flip side of your fight-or-flight response).
It sounds too good to be true, but practicing daily meditation can lower your blood sugar levels (high ones can lead to diabetes) and may cut cravings for salty foods.


Laura’s personal meditation practice began in the attic of her family home on an old carpet swatch placed by a window, way back in Jr.
In fact, there is now clear evidence from studies of long-term mediators’ that meditation produces profound changes in the brain, and that recovery from some physical and emotional illnesses is assisted by the practice of meditation. Always seek the advice of a doctor or other qualified health professional before starting any new treatment or making any changes to existing treatment. Meditation can open the mind to new ways of seeing the world and relationships, and it can open the heart to greater forgiveness, capacity to give and receive love and find peace. Developing a practice of meditation can enhance relaxation, lower blood pressure, improve rest and sleep, and increase a sense of overall well-being. Meditation has been shown to make the brain more adaptable and to improve brain function even better than sleep. Linda Spooner is Board-certified in Internal Medicine with a particular interest in women’s health and wellness. What's more, practicing meditation every day for two months can physically beef up some parts of your gray matter! Some kinds of meditation can also build mental muscle in the brain's other hubs for compassion, empathy, and fear, allowing you greater mastery over your emotions and helping you feel closer to others. If meditation is practised regularly, these beneficial changes become relatively permanent.
Articles appearing on this website express the views and opinions of the author, and not the administrators, moderators, or editorial staff and hence MagazineHealth and its principals will accept no liabilities or responsibilities for the statements made. Mindfulness meditation allows a relaxed observation of all thoughts that enter one’s awareness while you are meditating.


For all of these meditations, try beginning with a gentle yoga practice to move your body so you can sit comfortably while in the meditation.
Mindfulness meditation offers us a similar experience as we become aware of physical sensations while we sit, walk, do simple daily tasks with engaged attention or even lay down in a restful yet alert posture (this may be the most compassionate pose if you live with a chronic health condition that makes sitting or walking difficult).
She did not know she was meditating, did not have the vocabulary to describe it as such back then.
Mindfulness meditation offers us a similar experience as we become aware of physical sensations while we sit, walk, do simple daily tasks with engaged attention or even lay down in a restful yet alert posture (this may  be the most compassionate pose if you live with a chronic health condition that makes sitting or walking difficult). In the past, the most well-known brain waves evident during many kinds of meditation are called alpha waves. In fact, regular meditation can drop your blood pressure by up to four points, lowering your risk for heart disease. With patience and nurturance through asana practice, meditation and the wisdom of a kind and wise teacher, the cultivation of these seeds of love could begin, and their tender roots and shoots began to grow into a lifelong passion.
She receives ongoing support from Sheila and even though she might not realize it, Sylvia Boorstein, who Laura had the pleasure of studying with at a 5 day silent meditation retreat co-facilitated by Sylvia and Sheila (a dynamic meditation duo!) Laura also had the honor of taking an online metta meditation class with Sylvia through Spirituality & Practice.
Laura has participated in several online meditation courses with Gil Fronsdal through Audio Dharma, and a heart opening online class with Janice Lynne Lundy called Buddha Chicks. Laura was also interviewed by author Paula Amann and featured with several other Jewish yoga teachers in the summer issue of Jewish Women’s Magazine 2008.



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