What is meditation and how can one learn to meditate?
Meditating is known to be healthy and strengthens the body and mind, and there are simple forms of meditation that are easy to practice. But what is meditation really? What effect does meditation have on the body? And how can one learn to meditate? Here is some basic information about meditation.
Meditation is the basic term for different mental training methods.
With meditation you can improve your mental and physical health and increase your mental abilities.
Some of these techniques are very simple, so they are easy to learn from a book or description, while other forms of meditation require guidance from a qualified meditation teacher.
What is meditation?
Most of the techniques known as meditation include the following components:
- You are sitting or lying in a relaxed position.
- You breathe regularly. You breathe deeply and quietly to absorb enough oxygen. As you exhale, your muscles relax so that your lungs drain well. This is done without any effort and tension.
- You stop thinking about everyday problems and issues.
- You focus your thoughts on a sound, any word that you repeat, on a picture, some abstract term, or a feeling. Your entire attention should be focused on the medium of your choice.
- If some strange thoughts creep in, just let those strange thoughts pass by and return to the object of meditation.
The individual meditation techniques differ in the degree of concentration. In some techniques, the focus on the object, so intense that even no strange and disturbing thoughts can arise at all.
In other techniques, the focus is not so intense, so that strange thoughts emerge more easily.
When these strange thoughts arise, you just let them pass by and return to pure meditation.
Ascending thoughts can often reveal long-forgotten, repressed or oppressed memories of the past, allowing you to recall hidden memories.
This rediscovery has a psychotherapeutic effect.
THE IMPACT OF MEDITATION
Meditation has the following effect:
- Meditation gives you peace, relaxation and serenity.
- You learn to relax.
- You will learn to concentrate better and thus be able to handle problems more easily.
- Meditation has a positive effect on blood pressure.
- Meditation has a positive effect on internal processes in the body, such as the circulation, breathing and digestion.
- Regular meditation has a psychotherapeutic effect.
- Regular meditation strengthens the immune system.
- Meditation usually has a beneficial holistic effect on the body and mind.
The difference between hypnosis and meditation
Hypnosis has some of the same relaxing and psychotherapeutic effects as meditation.
However, when you meditate, you are in control of yourself; In hypnosis, you are under the influence of another person or some mechanical device. In addition, hypnosis has no training effect on your ability to concentrate.
A simple form of meditation
Here is a simple meditation form:
- Sit comfortably in an ordinary chair.
- Relax your muscles as best you can.
- Do not think about anything or at least try not to think about anything.
- Exhale, relax all the muscles of your respiratory system.
- Repeat for about 10 to 20 minutes: – Breathe in so deeply that you feel like you have enough oxygen.
– Exhale, relax your chest and your diaphragm completely. Try to breathe only from the stomach (abdominal breathing).- Each time you exhale, think of the word “one” or another simple word.You should internalize the word so that you hear it in you, but avoid pronouncing that word.
- If strange thoughts arise, just let these thoughts pass by and focus on the breathing and the word that you repeat in your mind.
As your meditation progresses, your body and mind should feel more and more relaxed, you should be able to breathe better and more freely, and feel the circulation in your body becomes more efficient.
You can see how gradually a soothing feeling of calm and serenity spreads.
THE EFFECTS OF MEDITATION ON DISEASES
Like any kind of training, meditation, when overused, can lead to fatigue and fatigue.
Therefore, one should not meditate so long or so concentrated that one then feels exhausted or mentally emptied.
Meditation can sometimes be problematic for patients with mental or neurological disorders, epilepsy patients or people with heart problems. On the other hand, meditation could make a supporting contribution to the treatment of these and many other diseases.
People who suffer from such diseases should, before beginning mediation, clarify what the various types of meditation may have in their individual case and cautiously begin it. It is advisable to learn meditation under the guidance of an experienced teacher, psychologist or other healthcare professional to practice this relaxation method as a treatment component to treat the current illness.