Sunday, April 11, 2010

Meditations in an Emergency


Learning to meditate has been a process. There are times my mind just doesn't want to turn off the chatter. It wanders frequently and brings up all sorts of scenarios (real and imagined) to keep me going and invested emotionally in whatever is in my head. But I'm new at this and there is nothing "wrong" with it. Other people in my meditation circle who've been doing it longer say they have really experienced some profound changes just by going every week.

Our guide, Clint, says it takes 20 minutes, twice a day, to make a real shift in consciousness. The goal is to shift to our higher selves, to gain not just insight, but enlightenment.

According to science (and who doesn't believe science) there are a whole lot more benefits to meditation than just getting to the mystical experience of enlightenment. These include:

-improvement in overall health
-better concentration
-increased blood flow to any area you concentrate on in the body
-deeper levels of relaxation
-decreased muscle tension (great for stress)
-builds self-confidence
-strengthens the immune system (Research has revealed that meditation increases activity of 'natural-killer cells', which kill bacteria and cancer cells)
-also reduces activity of viruses and emotional distress
-helps those who suffer from anxiety
-resolves even deep phobias

Just something to meditate on...

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