Monday, November 16, 2015

Meditation for Stress !

Are you stressed out often and don't know how to relax your mind and body ? You might want to explore and incorporate meditation into your regular health and wellness routine. One of the greatest challenges can be identifying the right type of meditation to meet your individual needs and preferences based on your personality and goals. Fortunately, there are dozens of types of meditative practices many with different emphases, different postures, and different underlying philosophies which means plenty of options for you to find the practice that works best for you.
Mindfulness meditation has been growing in popularity in the past two decades. It is increasingly growing on the subject of empirical studies focusing on its potential psychological and physiological benefits.Though generally considered non-religious, this type of meditation stems from the Buddhist tradition and emphasizes an awareness of breath, a focus on the present moment, and letting thoughts come and go without judging them.
Mindfulness meditation may also involve focusing on specific parts of the body. This type of meditation is generally practiced while sitting cross-legged on the floor with a straight spine or in a stable chair.
Heart rhythm meditation (HRM), much like mindfulness meditation, emphasizes the breath, but also incorporates the heart, and involves coordinating the breath and heartbeat in order to direct and circulate energy. Different types of breathing techniques, which include inhaling, holding, and releasing the breath in various rhythmic patterns, are common to this practice. Though the benefits of HRM have not been thoroughly studied, many of its practitioners believe that it can be a powerful tool for emotional healing.
Qi gong, based on the Taoist tradition, is a type of meditation that uses the breath to circulate life energy, or qi or chi, through the body. The practice focuses on aligning breath, mind, and body so that you may realize your full potential as a human being. Along with a focus on breathing and relaxation techniques, qi gong frequently involves movement and is a key component of some martial arts practices.
Guided meditation is a popular technique that isn’t specific to any one meditative tradition, and instead may be done for a number ofdifferent types of meditative practices (including those mentioned in this article). The key element of guided meditation is that an instructor is verbally leading the participant or participants through the practice.This is generally intended to teach the participants the practice, so they are able to do it on their own when necessary. Guided meditation can be a great option for someone who is new to meditation and prefers the option of working with a teacher as he or she learns more about the ins and outs of the practice.
In identifying a type that’s right for you, it’s useful to think about what you want out of your practice. Whether it’s improved concentration as in Zen meditation, incorporation of movement as with walking meditation, or someone to walk you through it (as with any form of guided meditation). It’s also important to remember that not all practices are ideal for all people. You should feel free to experiment and try different practices until you find the one that works best for you.
References:
1. Ramesh Manocha, "Meditation, mindfulness and mind-emptiness." Acta Neuropsychiatrica 23, no. 1 (2011): 46-47.
2. "Meditation: An Introduction." NCCAM.http://nccam.nih.gov/health/meditation/overview.htm (accessed July 17, 2014).
3. Scott Bishop, et al., "Mindfulness: A Proposed Operational Defition." Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice 11, no. 3 (2004): 230-241.

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