What is Meditation
DEFINITION of MEDITATION
Mindfulness meditation is a medically approved practice that enables individuals to systematically reduce and manage stress. Meditation brings a relaxed and focused state of restful awareness by learning to clear the mind of excessive ruminating thoughts. Mindfulness is paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, nonjudgmentally. This means having conscious awareness to what is happening moment by moment. Mindfulness meditation is a learned skill that brings focus, awareness, and attention to the present moment.
While mindfulness meditation practices have been around for thousands of years, in the last few decades it has gained notoriety among hospitals, business corporations, athletes, schools, military, and governments. Mindfulness is well researched and based on compelling scientific data.
There is a formal and informal component of mindful meditation. A formal component of mindfulness is sitting quietly, without distraction, while learning to quiet the activity of the mind. An informal aspect of mindfulness is bringing a deeper sense of awareness to our day to day activities, so that we can better appreciate and enjoy our lives.
Today there are many different types and blends of mindfulness practices and programs that are being used to manage stress. While stressful situations and challenges in life can not be prevented, learning how to manage them effectively with meditation is an acquired skill that provides resiliency, greater productivity, and better health.
BENEFITS of MINDFUL MEDITATION
In the body: Research shows that meditation improves immune function to fight off disease. Blood pressure lowers and heart rate slows down, improving the cardiovascular system. Balances the endocrine system, which aids in proper hormonal function. Sleep patterns improve, and weight is more easily maintained.
In the mind: Meditation builds emotional resiliency to life’s challenges. Activiates higher brain functioning and working memory. Lowers anxiety, depression, and irritability. Provides more concentrated focus and a greater ability to pay attention.
In the spirit: Participants report that they have awareness of who they are and want they they need in order to live a full life. Develops the realization of worthy goals with meaning and purpose. Provides self regulation skills that improves relationships and communication. Rediscovers peace, calm, and joy in today’s busy lifestyles.