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How Meditation Became Mainstream
Meditation became part of the cool kids lifestyle and a source of a lot of conversation as far back as the 60s. Baby boomers had grown tired of religions of the west and began dipping their toes into eastern religions and things that were exotic and new. While many of the flash in the pan interests in exotic religions during that time frame faded away, meditation has endured and has become a common practice and a resource that has benefited this generation in every decade of their lives.
There is a good reason meditation has endured and even grown in popularity far beyond any religious context. Meditation has tremendous benefits for virtually every aspect of life and those who integrate it into their daily lifestyles can experience benefits as soon as they start. You don’t have to be a guru to realize benefits from the very first time you try it.
Why Learn Meditation?
Meditation is calming. The act of meditation calls for you to bring your thoughts into captivity and to still your mind and focus it, that sense of your soul being in turmoil eases and you are able to address the cause of your anxiety and see a solution more clearly because your emotions are not clouding the issue.
Meditation helps you focus and concentrate. The great thing about meditation is that the effects of meditation continue past those few moments when you are meditating. Those few moments of calm create an atmosphere of focus and clarity of thought that goes on throughout your day to help you focus your mind and more easily concentrate when you need to.
Meditation reduces stress and mental anxiety. So often the stress comes not from problems or difficulties but from the emotional reactions to the problem itself. Meditation clears away the effects of the stress making it easier for you to solve the problem.
Meditation helps reduce physical anxiety. The process of meditation involves extended periods of quiet deep breathing. This simple action floods the brain with oxygen and energizes blood flow throughout the body which refreshes tired muscles and causes your entire physical system to relax and release pent up anxiety.
Meditation helps you sleep and digest your food. The refreshed blood flow, rich in oxygen that comes from the session of meditation, takes action immediately on the digestive system often reducing or eliminating digestive problems and even easing the symptoms of ulcers. Because the mind is relaxed and well supplied with vital oxygen and blood flow, sleep comes more easily and is more recuperative.
Many successful people in all walks of life credit meditation as a tool that helped them accomplish such great things. In addition to all of these benefits, meditation is easy to integrate into your lifestyle and you can go at your own pace learning to become better at meditation and grow in your ability to use it.
Meditation is profoundly easy to do. The image of a meditation practitioner in a painful lotus position going into a virtual trance is the extreme of the discipline. Because meditation has been adapted so that any of us can benefit from the health benefits it brings, you can begin meditating immediately and see the benefits from the very first session.
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