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The Benefits Of Meditation, Spirituality, Science

Meditation is an ancient practice that has roots in spirituality. Historically, meditation was used in the form of chanting to appease and seek god’s favor, while other religions used it as a means to achieve enlightenment and be closer to their deity. Whichever way it is used, meditation is a form of contemplation and concentration wherein the person performing it trains the mind in order to achieve a heightened sense of consciousness.
Today, meditation is not used strictly in the religious context although many people still use it for this purpose. Modern science now recognizes the benefits of meditation to most people if done correctly. Meditation takes a bit of training and a lot of practice before the mental noise can be totally drowned out and the full benefits experienced. Meditation can relive someone of anxiety and stress, and people attest to it being possible to do practically anywhere: at home, at work or while traveling.

There are many forms of meditation. Some of the more popular are yoga which has its roots in India transcendental practices, and tai chi, a Chinese form of balancing energy in the body. These meditations are accompanied by movements (and sometimes music) that relaxes the body and in turns complements the relaxation of the mind. Some forms of meditation are more mental, involving just invoking thoughts that can soothe and relax the mind.

It is said that meditation can help ease stress and anxiety, can give a person fresh perspective when faced with challenging situations, can get rid of negative emotions, and can uplift the mood. But more than that, meditation has been proven to give health benefits by lowering the levels of stress, which has a direct impact on our physical health. Stress increases levels of cortisol and adrenaline in the body, causing a flight or fight response. While this is good in emergency situations, this may have degenerative effects on the body if experienced regularly. Meditation helps by easing stress in our lives.

Studies have shown that meditation can benefit people if they’re suffering from allergies, asthma, depression, fatigue, chronic pains, substance abuse and sleeping problems. Meditation has not been shown to have any side effects, but it is still best for you to talk to our doctor before engaging on this activity.

The type of meditation that you will take up will depend on your personal preference. Yoga and tai chi classes will usually charge a fee for classes, and you will probably need equipment (yoga mat, clothes) in order to perform it properly and safely. Other types of meditative exercises though will usually not entail any expenses.