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MEDITATION

 

Meditation is an approach to training the mind for the positive benefit to the individual. With all types of training regular practice improves ability and agility. Much in a similar way to physical fitness, beginning in small ways and building up to longer periods of the exercise. Many meditation techniques exist, and different meditation practices require different mental skills.

It can be extremely difficult for a beginner to sit for hours and think of nothing or have an “empty mind.” In general, the easiest way to begin meditating is by focusing on the breath. This is merely an example of one of the most common approaches to meditation via concentration.

Lots of people like to attend a Guided Meditation so that they can gain the benefit of meditation by simply relaxing and listening. Mystikal Scents does over group or solo sessions- more about this below.
 

MINDFULNESS

“Mindfulness” meditation also encourages the practitioner to only observe thoughts as the mind wanders. The intention is not to get involved with the thoughts or to linger on them, but simply to be aware of each mental note as it arises.

Humans do tend to weigh up thoughts and emotions as positive or negative in split seconds. You’ll possibly note how the thought precedes the feeling, and then learn how to let both go and relax. Through this exercise you can see how your thoughts and feelings tend to move in patterns. Over time an inner balance develops, and the process becomes easier to maintain.

CONCENTRATION

 

 

Concentration meditation involves focusing on a single point. As mentioned, this could entail following the breath, repeating a mantra, staring at a candle flame, or it could be by listening to a gong or singing bowl. Since focusing the mind is challenging, a beginner might meditate for only a few minutes when attempting solitary sessions.

In this form of meditation, you simply keep refocusing your awareness on the chosen object of attention each time you notice your mind wandering. Rather than pursuing thoughts, you simply practice how to let them go. Through practice, the regular use of this process, your ability to concentrate improves.

  

OTHER TECHNIQUES

There are various other meditation techniques. For example, envisioning negative events and recasting them in a positive light by transforming them through compassion and understanding. There are also meditation techniques that involve movement, such as tai chi, walking meditation, and qigong.

MEDITATION BENEFITS

A researcher at Harvard University Medical School, Herbert Benson, MD coined the term “relaxation response" after conducting research on people who practiced meditation. The “relaxation response” he determined was, in “an opposite, involuntary response that causes a reduction in the activity of the sympathetic nervous system.”

Other studies on the relaxation response have documented the following benefits to the nervous system:

Lower blood pressure

Improved blood circulation

Lower heart rate

Less perspiration

Slower respiratory rate

Lower blood cortisol levels

GUIDED MEDITATION

Guided meditation is a process by which one or more participants meditate in response to the guidance provided by a trained practitioner or teacher, a session incorporates music and verbal instruction.  

This is the most common and frequently used combination of therapeutic styles that promotes relaxation with guided imagery. Guided meditation is often the beginner’s choice for this type of therapy as the fleeting thoughts that often pop into mind at the beginning may be more difficult to ignore.

If you can’t get to a location that provides such a service like Mystikal Scents, you can always opt for a Meditation CD. The only draw back with a CD is that there is no therapist there observing your small physical responses. A therapist often guides you with these observations in mind, ensuring an effective and pleasant session.

You’re welcome to browse our  online store for items that assist in Meditation. 

OTHER BENEFITS

Regular meditation, as well as self-reflective journaling has been shown to be effective in lowering levels of stress.

 

In Buddhist philosophy, the ultimate benefit of meditation is liberation of the mind from things it cannot control, such as external circumstances or strong internal emotions.

 

Yet It has also been noted to minimize the frequency, duration, and intensity of the following:

 

  • asthmatic episodes,[1]* 

  • control and manage pain,[2]* 

  • develop coping skills,[3] *

  • improve ability to carry out demanding tasks in exacting situations,[4]*

  • decrease the incidence of insomnia,[5] *

  • abate feelings of anger,[6] *

  • reduce occurrences of negative or irrational thinking,[7] *

  • assuage anxiety,[8]* 

  • raise levels of optimism,[9] *

  • enhance physical and mental aptitude,[10]* 

  • Increase general feeling of quality of life.[11][12]*

    *sources noted below

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    • Molen, Y., Santos, G., Carvalho, L., Prado, L., and Prado, G., Pre-sleep worry decrease by adding reading and guided imagery to insomnia treatment. Sleep Medicine, Vol. 14, 2013, e210-e211.

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    • Birnbaum, L., & Birnbaum, A., In search of inner wisdom: guided mindfulness meditation in the context of suicide. The Scientific World Journal, Vol. 4, 2004, pp216-227.

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