Karen Turner PHD | Psychological Articles: Meditation
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Psychological Articles: Meditation

Psychological Articles: Meditation

Psychological Articles: Benefits of Meditation

Psychological Articles: Benefits of Meditation

By Boomeryearbook.com

The word meditation frequently brings the image of Buddha to one’s mind. It literally connotes relieving the mind of all thoughts and focusing on one object not only for contemplation but also for spiritual development. It relaxes mind and body and uplifts the soul and psychological articles often tell of people who experience a revelation- oftentimes a philosophical realization or personal truth. At the least, meditation can lead to inner calm, profound peace, contentment, and understanding by encouraging the mind to aim towards some healing element such as a process, a sound, or an object. It involves focusing on the existing moment without letting wandering thoughts and memories crowd the mind.

Meditation is not original to people dealing with the fast pace of the modern world. It dates back to our ancestors and has been promoted by several religions over the centuries such as Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Taoism, primarily because it advocates tolerance and self-awareness, facilitates self-discovery and strives to ensure ever lasting blissful peace. There are different techniques of Mediation. Boomer Yearbook’s psychological article will deal with two: Mindfulness Meditation and Concentration Meditation.

Mindfulness meditation lets the practitioner maintain an open focus encouraging him or her to pay attention to internal feelings, sensations, and inner thoughts. The process involves trying to understand causes and effects in order to reach an extreme level of awareness which consequent peace. To be more exact, the meditation practitioner widens focus instead of narrowing it to one point or object in order to gain serenity and inner calmness.

Concentration meditation, on the other hand, narrows the practitioner’s focus and directs it to one process, for example, breathing in and out or repeating a prayer or mantra without getting distracted. The practitioner blocks out the external distractions of the in order to internally focus and delve deeper into the recesses of the unconscious world of awareness. Concentration meditation is hailed by several religions as it is believed to have deep long lasting spiritual benefits.

Body posture is also very important as far as meditation is concerned. Meditation traditions suggest that the practitioner should sit erect without slouching, with bare feet and legs crossed in the lotus position, and while remaining comfortable, fold the hands with right atop left or stretch arms and keep eyes closed. Modern techniques for meditation involve less formal physical postures, (for the sake of physical relaxation), for instance Walking Meditation allows one to walk step by step and meditate on breathing and movement.

Over the years, numerous psychological articles have observed that meditation has spiritual benefits and also works therapeutically to silence a trouble mind by “feeding the craving thought.” It has been reported to facilitate many physical changes in the body such as changing and improving the human metabolism and positively affecting immune system while reducing stress and pain. It positively affects blood pressure and can even alter negative brain chemistry. It has been used as a clinical tool by medical practitioners to help reduce stress and psychological problems. It relaxes muscular tension and rejuvenates the mind, leaving one with a positive attitude towards life. A relaxed and refreshed mind thinks more productively, hence creates effectively. In short, Meditation, an important part of physical as well as mental health exercises, enhances human capability to create and germinate new ideas.

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