Ever wonder why people meditate, and why it isn't Silly? This post may surprise you.
If you think you might benefit from meditation, then this post is for you. This post explains why it isn't "silly" to meditate.
There has been a lot of new research that shows benefits of meditation on both the mind and body. It's an ancient practice that works on transforming the mind. It helps you relax and gain focus and concentration. The body and mind are combined to reach a state of complete relaxation. You need not be a yogi, or religious person to meditate.
The Mayo clinic studies indicate that meditation is capable of slowing down certain disease processes, and even helping to prevent them from starting. People with nervous disorders benefit the most from mediation, especially those with epillepsy because it improves brain wave stability. Even heart disease can be reduced because mediation helps increase blood flow to arteries and vessels. The recommended minimum time is 30 mins. per day.
A cancer patient with a tumor the size of a small apple was able to reduce the size of the tumor to that of the size of a walnut...even without medication in a time period of only 3 months. In this case the patient practiced for about 3 hours per day consistently. Of course you don't have to practice this long to get benefits. Most people are too busy to do that anyway. However, its been said that it's time well spent.
Another reason people meditate is to enter the body and mind into a deep state of relaxation. The idea is that the mind and body work together to increase mental energy. Meditation relieves excessive tension in the muscles and helps the quality of sleep.
Buddhists believe that you can work with your emotions and completely transform your mind. For more great information see podcast.bsw.org and audiodharma.com. I have been listening to these podcasts for a few years now.
Last, but not least-- the most important benefits go to those with mental illness according to researchers. Negative thinking patterns can be diminished with meditation. We look forward to learning more about this soon.
So relaxing the body and sharpening the mind can go a long way to improve the quality of life and fend off illness. Please post your comments to add insight to anything I post.