Coping with the demands of the modern world – like handling multiple jobs, communicating across different time zones, and squeezing so many activities in a day can bring our stress levels to soar way beyond what we can handle. The result could be anything from simple fatigue to serious depression.
If all those self-help books about busting stress and the loads of multivitamins and energy boosters don’t seem to help your feelings at all, you might be missing out on a simple, no-cost means to combat stress and pressures – meditation.
Meditation is a form of mental discipline where one sets to regulate the level of thoughts from the reflexive mode (the usual conventional thinking mode) into a more deeper and profound level by focusing. This way, all the surrounding thoughts and worries fade into the background, encouraging a more meaningful and attached awareness on the object of the focus, usually one’s self.
The scientific and religious viewpoints agree that meditating is both a “lightening” and an “enlightening” experience. Indeed, meditation is in sync with physical relaxation, mind invigoration and spiritual calmness that are actually the priceless treasures one can attain in a lifetime.
There are many meditation techniques that one can use, from simple moves that you can accomplish right at home for 15 minutes, to structured poses that are taught in meditation classes which can run for several sessions.
One can also incorporate meditative routines into your daily activities. Even simple walking can be meditative – focusing on every step, disciplining the body to execute grace and gentle moves in each stride and being simply at peace about the whole exercise is already an effective way to practice meditation.
Likewise, simple activities like listening to a meditation CD and reading meditation books are great ways to start you on your way to higher meditation levels.