Meditation is a wonderful thing for mind and body practice, which is used by cultures all around the world, in order to “increase the calmness and physical relaxation, improving psychological balance, coping with illness, and enhancing overall health and well-being”, explains the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. The Psychology Today reports that meditation has been a very important part of the human activity, whit evidence of it seen in Indus Valley wall art, which dated from approximately 7,000 years ago.
The Psychology Today also explains that meditation is not only practiced in Buddhism but also in Christianity (e.g., monastic life and praying the rosary), Judaism (Kabala) and Islam (Tafakkur and Sufism).
What units the people across the cultures in the world, it’s the history of meditation and the human prosperity of contemplate life, as well as the universe. It is a humble reminder that we (and our religions, faiths and beliefs) are all the same, that we do not differ from one another.
In the last few years, the scientists have turned their attention towards the health benefits that meditation has. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, meditation is very helpful in reducing our blood pressure levels, it can fight symptoms of irritable bowel syndromes, it can relieve anxiety and depression, as well as treat insomnia. So, it is not a surprise that our ancestors naturally turned to meditation.
Deepak Chopra, who is the pioneer of integrative medicine, cites a host of studies which suggest that meditation can boost the immunity, as well as prevent illness. He recommends meditating once in the morning, as well as once in the evening, in order to stave off illness. You should also remember that meditation is only effective, if it is practiced regularly and over time. It is not a one –time solution, but a lifestyle choice.
If you are a beginner in meditation, you may want to start with guided meditation. There is a guided visual meditation shown in the video below, which is specifically designed to boost the body’s natural defenses. So, be kind to yourself and set aside an hour, find some peaceful place and begin your journey to health and wellness. But, if an hour seems like a long time to you, even a five – minutes break from the meditation, can make wonders. So, put on some headphones and try meditating right where you are.