Meditation has been around for over thousands of years. It’s an ancient practice utilized by many and rapidly gaining more recognition for its health benefits, especially in our fast paced society today. Well, what is meditation?
My definition is the following: Meditation is an altered state of mind where both the conscious and subconscious mind our awakened while maintaining a relaxed mental state. The meaning and purpose of a meditation practice varies depending on its context.
One benefit of all meditation is relaxation and some people practice and focus on just relaxing the body and mind. For the martial artist Relaxation is just the beginning. Especially when you talk about internal martial arts where one must learn to control and move the internal energy. Meditation also allows a person to clear their mind, relax and better focus at the current task at hand. Everyone from the martial artist to the executive at work can benefit from this.
Meditation has helped me personally in many ways. From clearing and relaxing my mind to relieving back tension, focusing energy for breaking in martial arts and even stopping my daily cravings for coffee everyday. And these are just a few of the benefits I have experienced.
Meditation helps with the following:
The following are links with further information on the health benefits of meditation.
Meditation: A Simple, fast way to reduce stress.
Meditate to Create
The unique brain anatomy of meditation practitioners
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