Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Seven Reasons to Practice Meditation - Dr. Weil's Daily Tip

Achieving a Meditative State:

I just recently had a conversation with a friend on Meditation.  She said I can't Meditation.  I said her mind was to full of thoughts.

I said, "I take you're trying to block your thoughts... Don't." 
Meditation is about focus and concentration.  So I would suggest focusing on something, your breathing or the light & colors you see when you close your eyes.  Do not over analysis the forms or shapes that tend to form.  Just admire them, enjoy the peace and beauty you are experiencing.  Then before you know it you will be in a deep meditative state. 

Meanwhile, if a thought pops in, acknowledge it then release it.  "Yes, must pick up dry cleaning, thank you." and go back to your breathe or the colors.  Then, when you are done, You Are Done.  Don't worry about the time.  So what if it was only 5 minutes.  That is still 5 minutes.  It's more about being the observing in this state of being.  When you learn to be the observer your meditations will last a bit longer.  The important thing is that you awaken relax and centered.

Essential Oils for Meditation: Sandalwood and Frankincense

Sandalwood promotes relaxation, openness, and grounding. Its special calming effect has been used to treat anxiety and depression, and it acts as a mild sedative. It can aid with opening the Third Eye.

Frankincense is so popular due to its calming effect on the nervous system. Frankincense contains certain phytochemicals that affect the cerebral cortex and limbic systems—these have been known to expand consciousness and even induce mystical visions.

Seven Reasons to Practice Meditation - Dr. Weil's Daily Tip

Published: 10/25/2011 

Meditation is simply directed concentration, and involves learning to focus your awareness and direct it onto an object: your breath, a phrase or word repeated silently, a memorized inspirational passage, or an image in the mind's eye. The benefits of meditation are numerous, and include...

  1. Helping lower blood pressure
  2. Decreasing heart and respiratory rates
  3. Increasing blood flow
  4. Enhancing immune function
  5. Reducing perception of pain 
  6. Relieving chronic pain due to arthritis and other disorders
  7. Maintaining level mood
  8. Bringing awareness and mindfulness to everyday aspects of life
A simple form of meditation that can be practiced by anyone is to walk or sit quietly in a natural setting and allow your thoughts and sensations to occur; observing them without judgment.

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