Transcendental Meditation helped heart disease patients lower cardiac disease risks by 50 percent
Patients with coronary heart disease who practiced the stress-reducing Transcendental Meditation technique had nearly 50 percent lower rates of heart attack, stroke, and death compared to nonmeditating controls, according to the results of a first-ever study presented during the annual meeting of the American Heart Association in Orlando, Fla., on Nov.16, 2009. (Physorg.com)
The intention within Transcendental Meditation (TM) is to accomplish certain esoteric feats. TM techniques are designed to be stressful because they are meant for the personal growth of the practitioner.If borderline senior heart patients on a regular drug regimen can gain health benefits from just a few TM techniques, then imagine what a truly discipline regimen of meditation can do for you.
In essence, meditation is a general term that has many different applications. It’s an activity where the participant quiets the mind and flows with the infinite mysteries of the universe in an attempt to reach a higher state of enlightenment.
Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Jainism, and Taoism are just a few of the religions that practice meditation, but non-religious applications are practiced worldwide as well.
Let’s take a look at how to achieve optimum results using meditation.
Step One: Manage Your Environment
It’s likely your environment is at constant risk of being disrupted by distractions. Turn off the television, shut down your phone, and try to do what you can to reduce jarring noises. If you’re in a shared space with people who will likely disrupt your meditation be sure to talk to them ahead of time.
Alternately, you can find a place outside of your home to practice meditation. Parks commonly have the perfect place to find inner peace, but do it away from places where people usually gather loudly. Some Universities and Community Centers have places specifically set up for the purpose of meditation (Example: Stanford University has a church where people pray and meditate).
You’d be surprised how common but hidden good peaceful places are. Just be sure to plan ahead and know the location you’re going in to. Comfort is key when finding a location. Once you’ve found your spot, sit in a comfortable position (close your eyes if you wish) and begin step two.
Step Two: Control Your Breath
Control your breathing. You’ve probably heard it before, but breathing is one of the absolute most important aspects of meditation. Breathe in slowly and rhythmically letting air fill your lungs. For those of you want to learn to relax and focus in seven easy steps in any situation, please try the HealingMindN Meditation Guide.
Feel the life essence of the universe drawn into your body as you bring it in. And as you exhale, understand that each exhalation is an opportunity to feel the joys of inhaling more life.
Goal oriented people may find it more difficult to meditate at first, and that will manifest in quicker breathing. Please understand there is no rush, and that the very activity you are performing is the goal in itself. After understanding this, your deep slow rhythmic breathing will fill you with a sense of life and joy.
Step Three: Let Go
This step is the next level of meditation. Detach yourself from your mind, by observation of your own thoughts. Do not judge your thoughts or try to change them. Just observe. All the analytic overlay, all the inclemencies, all the emotional baggage, all the judgements and preconceived notions stay in one place while you allow yourself to drift outside from them. Observe them as you observe yourself, from the outside, from the constraints of space and time occupied by your body.
As you observe your thoughts you gain insight into who you really are. You cease to be the mind observing the mind. Your conscious elevates out of the subconscious so you can see what is really going on behind it all. This step is one of the most difficult for some people, who must always be in control of what they’re thinking.
For the moment, let go of who you are, so you can understand who you truly are.
Step Four: Amplify the Silence Between Your Thoughts
If your mind is discursive with many thoughts, then apply this old martial arts meditation technique: Between each thought, there is a bit of silence. Thoughts come in clusters. Within those clusters are bundles of silence, complete silence where you experience a slight intermission, if only for a fraction of a second.
Allow your focus to fall on the silence between your thoughts. There are many thoughts, but there is a bit of silence where you allow yourself to rest and recuperate. Each time the silence comes, you feel relaxed and at peace. Then allow your mind to glide among those silent spots between thoughts where feelings of peace and contentment finally allow you to rest within one moment of silence.
After observing the mind and becoming detached, you may find a form of inner peace and understand that you are immovable like a young tree in the wind. Though larger trees will be snapped over by great gusts of wind like a tornado or hurricane or a thought, the sapling bends and remains rooted to the ground unmoving – like your silence. In this way you too you will feel unmoving and solid. Around this sensation you will feel serenity and peace.
These basic steps should take you far on your journey. Additionally, there are several helpful entrainment programs that can take you through the meditation process. Meditation entrainment therapy actually focuses your brain waves in a way that makes meditation both easier and more rewarding. Be sure to check it out at: http://www.store.
These are powerful basic steps that will lead you on the path to serenity and oneness with the whole universe. Next time we’ll take a look at a few steps toward deeper meditation, and look at some of the more ritual aspects such as the classic and sacred “Ohm” sound.
If you are already an advanced meditation practitioner or trained psychic, please check out this handy guide, “How to Increase Your Psychic Awareness of Spiritual Entities.”