Tuesday, November 15, 2011

why to meditate

under the influence of deep silence, when we stop talking, nagging, complaining.... in a period of few second silence god may like to talks to us.

How you feel when you hear a good piece of music, watching sunrise or sun set, chating to a friend over a cup of coffee to whom you met after a long gape… All these creates feel good situation and gives a relaxing feel … right!
Today under tremendous pressure of life we have forgotten natural ways to relax. Now all the time we are under such a pressure of life that even sleep looks impossible. This has resulted into deteriorated health and many fold increase in Psychometric illness, so what to do?
After all why we need relaxed mind?
Our mind also get tired and confused but its working do not stop even if we stop our physical activity. It goes with unending chattering of arguments of thought one after another. Thought carries emotion like anger, hate, fear, happiness…sadness, jealousy…and many more and we do not know how to stop thought and relax it. It looks as if we have no control over it. Even  sitting idle but mind’s unending chattering of arguments drains out all energy because whether one like it or not our subconscious mind forces our body to execute these emotion and carries out all physical and chemical changes necessary to express that emotion resulting into over working of certain organs representing those emotions. Like liver is for anger, kidney for fear, lungs for sadness. By the time we know those changes consciously …its too late. So whole day beside body doing its normal physical labor side by side it keeps on reacting to the various emotion 24x7…result is stressed life.
We all know how to relax a tired body…simple …just stop physical labor and move body to comfortable atmosphere and body returns to normal state, But our mind most of the time under situation of flight or fight or freeze. Do not know how to bring mind to its normal relaxed state.
For many of us all the time we remains under the  state of stress and we take it as normal. Under continues stress body start showing symptoms in the form of poor digestion, high BP, head aches, diabetes, heart problems…under the state of stress, mind consider it as emergency situation and it disturbs natural body rhythm and functions by abruptions, stopping or slowing down least necessary activities like repair and cleaning and digestion. Which in turns is a invitation to more serious problem, as we all know that these activities are very very important to support life.
Although emotions like happiness and joy are better then sorrow, fear guilty or anger. But still these emotion create disruption in natural function of our body. Our body needs neutral environment to do function like cleaning and repair rejuvenate effectively. Normally these activities are best carried out during relaxation and sleep  but both  sleep and relaxation is rare. Sleep is also not at best as we sleep with problems.
Disturbed and stressed mind is like city facing riots and strikes..normal function of city like cleaning, repair supply and transportation are affected badly. All resources of the city are mobilized to control riots and strike. If this continues…then disrupted supplies, piles of garbage, closed market and hospitals and badly affected life supporting services jeopardize city. Garbage on the street becomes source of rats, flies and many more infectious insect and germs.
Now there are two ways to get rid of those infection. 1- spray insecticides over it . 2- remove the garbage. Removing garbage is considered to be the best option, under such circumstances city often go for insecticides, instead of allowing municipal to lift  garbage.
Similarly our body needs neutral condition, relaxed mind so that body get rid of its toxins and unwanted material naturally. So healthy way is to allow our body to function naturally, but most of the time we don’t allow body to function normal because all the time our mind is abnormal under stress and we go for quick remedies like medication.
Even lowest level of relaxation helps, as it helps returning mind to normal state which lowers stress levels which in turns helps to regain strength and leads to healing and repair mechanism to work. 
But we sleep under the stress as if a person climbing a mountain with big bag of load on his back. Even if he stops climbing, He can not relax until and unless he removes bag from his back. Same way sleep can not make one relaxed until and unless he removes burden from his mind as he removes bag of load from his back. Relaxing mind is an  science and as well as art one has to learn and practice.
We need to relax mentally and physically. We all know one method that is sleep. Although we all know how to sleep and when to sleep, even after that we go with sleepless nights, suffers insomnia, let us find some thing which is better then sleep or at least compliment sleep to certain extent and helps us bringing true joy and happiness to life. Can we have a situation when body is physically at rest, we are fully awake and mind not thinking anything.
Yes, you are right!
That’s called meditation. We all goes through it many times in our life unknowingly, and when ever it happen we are filled with joy and happiness. Let it be for a few milli seconds. Can we have that deliberately!... the answer is yes.
The word meditation is misunderstood most of the time with relaxation..relaxation is not a meditation by itself, relaxation only helps one to go into the meditative state. Although music, pictures, natural scenes or visualization is good for relaxation but to meditate one has to leave all these as they can bring some amount of thoughts and emotions. which can disturb getting into meditation.
Please note that meditation is not a concentration or contemplation. It is a state of thought less ness. a state of mind, when one stops all internal and external dialogue and thoughts and just be quiet. one enter into meditative state. When one is in deep silence. It help body to absorb maximum cosmic energy and repair its energy circuits and clear energy blocks. Regain strength to fight invaders. Repairs cell and clean toxic material.

There are so many advantages to meditation. When I first originally thought of this post, I indeed wanted to make it 100 benefits long (think big right!), however, I was not sure that I could find more than 20-25 benefits on net. While searching I found much more …Well, I made it happen! Meditation is as powerful as I thought it would be. Here is the definitive list of benefits that meditation can provide you with. Please go through list and advice me on this:

Physiological benefits:

1- It lowers oxygen consumption.

2- It decreases respiratory rate.

3- It increases blood flow and slows the heart rate.

4- Increases exercise tolerance.

5- Leads to a deeper level of physical relaxation.

6- Good for people with high blood pressure.

7- Reduces anxiety attacks by lowering the levels of blood lactate.

8- Decreases muscle tension

9- Helps in chronic diseases like allergies, arthritis etc.

10- Reduces Pre-menstrual Syndrome symptoms.

11- Helps in post-operative healing.

12- Enhances the immune system.

13- Reduces activity of viruses and emotional distress

14- Enhances energy, strength and vigour.

15- Helps with weight loss

16- Reduction of free radicals, less tissue damage

17- Higher skin resistance
18- Drop in cholesterol levels, lowers risk of cardiovascular disease.

19- Improved flow of air to the lungs resulting in easier breathing.

20- Decreases the aging process.

21- Higher levels of DHEAS (Dehydroepiandrosterone)

22- prevented, slowed or controlled pain of chronic diseases

23- Makes you sweat less
24- Cure headaches & migraines

25- Greater Orderliness of Brain Functioning
26- Reduced Need for Medical Care

27- Less energy wasted

28- More inclined to sports, activities

29- Significant relief from asthma

30- improved performance in athletic events

31- Normalizes to your ideal weight

32- harmonizes our endocrine system

33- relaxes our nervous system

34- produce lasting beneficial changes in brain electrical activity

35- Cure infertility (the stresses of infertility can interfere with the release of hormones that regulate ovulation).

Psychological benefits:

36- Builds self-confidence.

37- Increases serotonin level, influences mood and behaviour.

38- Resolve phobias & fears

39- Helps control own thoughts

40- Helps with focus & concentration

41- Increase creativity

42- Increased brain wave coherence.

43- Improved learning ability and memory.
44- Increased feelings of vitality and rejuvenation.

45- Increased emotional stability.

46- improved relationships

47- Mind ages at slower rate

48- Easier to remove bad habits

49- Develops intuition

50- Increased Productivity

51- Improved relations at home & at work

52- Able to see the larger picture in a given situation

53- Helps ignore petty issues

54- Increased ability to solve complex problems

55- Purifies your character

56- Develop will power

57- greater communication between the two brain hemispheres

58- react more quickly and more effectively to a stressful event.

59- increases one’s perceptual ability and motor performance

60- higher intelligence growth rate

61- Increased job satisfaction

62- increase in the capacity for intimate contact with loved ones

63- decrease in potential mental illness

64- Better, more sociable behaviour

65- Less aggressiveness

66- Helps in quitting smoking, alcohol addiction

67- Reduces need and dependency on drugs, pills & pharmaceuticals

68- Need less sleep to recover from sleep deprivation

69- Require less time to fall asleep, helps cure insomnia

70- Increases sense of responsibility

71- Reduces road rage

72- Decrease in restless thinking

73- Decreased tendency to worry

74- Increases listening skills and empathy

75- Helps make more accurate judgements

76- Greater tolerance

77- Gives composure to act in considered & constructive ways

78- Grows a stable, more balanced personality

79- Develops emotional maturity

Spiritual benefits:

80- Helps keep things in perspective

81- Provides peace of mind, happiness

82- Helps you discover your purpose

83- Increased self-actualization.

84- Increased compassion

85- Growing wisdom

86- Deeper understanding of yourself and others

87- Brings body, mind, spirit in harmony

88- Deeper Level of spiritual relaxation

89- Increased acceptance of oneself

90- helps learn forgiveness

91- Changes attitude toward life

92- Creates a deeper relationship with your God

93- Attain enlightenment

94- greater inner-directedness

95- Helps living in the present moment

96- Creates a widening, deepening capacity for love

97- Discovery of the power and consciousness beyond the ego

98- Experience an inner sense of “Assurance or Knowingness”

99- Experience a sense of “Oneness”

100- Increases the synchronicity in your life

Meditation is also completely FREE! It requires no special equipment, and is not complicated to learn. It can be practiced anywhere, at any given moment, Best of all, meditation has NO known negative side effects. For some starters it may be a waste of time, my advice to them is …let it be waste of time but remain consistent in practice and I guarantee you that with in a few weeks..results will prove them wrong.  Bottom line, there is nothing but positive to be gained from it! With such a huge list of benefits, the question you should ask yourself is, “why am I not meditating yet?”

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