Meditation is mind-body medicine. It is the most effective mind-body therapy not only for disease prevention but also for self-healing.
For centuries, meditation has been associated with religions because during meditation it is easy to conjure up images of divinity or the metaphysical and thereby instrumental in connecting with the Divine. However, nowadays, in this world of stress and turmoil, meditation therapy is getting attention in the medical field because it relaxes both the body and the mind. Stress is the major underlying cause of many human diseases. Find out how you can eliminate stress from your life through the mind: No Ego No Stress.
Meditation is medicine in that your mind controls your thoughts, which control your actions, and your actions are often responsible for your health. Contemporary life is stressful, in particular in the present economic environment, which generates emotional reaction, anxiety, anticipation, and worry. Naturally and inevitably, your mind focuses on the past or the future, or both. The past is the breeding-ground for stress: your memories of past difficulties or failures are projected into the future, which become real and almost tangible to you.
Remember, in life, nearly all your thoughts, including your desires and fears, are based on either the past or projection of those memories in the past into the future as desires or worries. These festering thoughts may begin to feed on the mind, generating negative emotions that affect your hormone secretion, and thus affecting your overall health.
Meditation is medicine in that it provides a break or relaxation for your thinking mind. Your body needs rest, and so does your mind. It is a myth that when you sleep, your mind is resting. No, it is not, because your mind still works in your dreams.
Meditation is mind-body therapy because it helps you focus your mind on the present to the exclusion of past and future thoughts.
Meditation is actually easier than your might imagine. Start meditation by paying attention to your breathing. There is no right or wrong way of meditation. Just practice it, and do it with persistence and perseverance. Go to my web page MeditationTechniques to learn how to meditate to enhance your health. Meditation makes you younger and healthier for longer.
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