Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Meditation is a technique that can provide instant stress relief. You can practise meditation during any activity that you are doing. It allows you to focus on the present, clear your mind of worrying thoughts, increase self awareness and even provide a fresh outlook on what might be causing you stress.
There are many illnesses that are stress related including hypertension, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, allergies, skin disorders, insomnia and depression. Practising meditation to relieve stress will prove beneficial in hastening the healing process from these illnesses as well.
There are no hard and fast rules for meditation. Meditation can be as simple as simply breathing slowly and deeply. Focus on every breath as you inhale and exhale. You can also meditate by slowly repeating a prayer or mantra. Read sacred texts of listen to relaxing music. Go walking and focus on the sights you see, sounds you hear. Walk slowly and focus on the movement of your legs and arms. Exercises such as yoga and tai-chi are also excellent ways to meditate.
You can meditate for a few minutes every day. It is natural for the mind to wander while meditating. When you find yourself thinking of other things slowly bring back your mind to focus on your meditation which could be an object, a movement, prayer or your own breathing. There are no right or wrong ways to meditate and it takes practise. The goal is simply to relax and melt away stress.
Ashwagandha herb helps to reduce stress and rejuvenate the mind and body.