Meditation is characterized by a special state of consciousness, in which thinking is stops and comes a state of lack of thoughts. At the same time the mind can be focused on any object, the breath, the idea, the image, sound, or on the observation and study of the essence of things and phenomena.
Originally, meditation was closed religio-spiritual practice, but recently won more and more popularity in the modern world through a deep positive impact on physical health and spiritual and mental development.
In recent years, around the world conducted many clinical studies of meditation state and found a large amount of evidence on the benefits of meditation for physical and psychological health. Just a 20-minute lessons per day in a few weeks will achieve positive, sustainable change. Regular practice of meditation helps to strengthen memory and attention, to feel inner peace and relax. During the meditation it occurs changes of breath, slowing the heartbeat and the process of metabolism, reducing blood pressure.
Here are just a few examples of meditation effects on the physical and psychological health:
Meditation reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke, lowers blood pressure, helps control heart rate and respiratory rates
Practice of meditation strengthens the immune system, reduces inflammation, helps prevent asthma, rheumatoid arthritis and bowel disease
Reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, it helps in the treatment of HIV and prolongs life
Meditation reduces stress and anxiety, helps get rid of depression and anxiety
It increases concentration, memory, learning ability, meditation effectively reallocate resources of the brain
It improves efficiency, increases waking time and decreases need for sleep
It helps to cope with addictions to alcohol and drugs, relieves pain, improves mood
Meditation activates the creative processes, increasing creativity and helping to find creative approaches to solving any problems
Meditation promotes the development of empathy and compassion, helps get rid feelings of loneliness, increases the positive attitude towards life and reduces social exclusion
There are many types and methods of meditation. Among them are one-point and analytical meditations, Buddhist and yogic, Indian and Christian, Chinese and Zen meditation.
The most common used in yoga practice — Mindfulness Meditation, Yoga Nidra, Trataka, Meditation on the chakras, on the breathing, Vipassana, Tong-Len, conceptual Analytical meditations.
A lot of people in both the East and West shows great interest to meditation, but only few understand its true purpose — it is the attainment of enlightenment, state, which allow will not only to realize their own goals and objectives, but also provide effective assistance to all other living beings. This is its true meaning. All great yogis and meditation experts last practiced it only for this sole purpose, and all imaginable and not imaginable effects — just a consequence of this wonderful practice.