Beat stress with meditation

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WAY back in the '60's the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi appeared on the hippy scene advocating a technique he called Transcendental Meditation.

His “silent meditation” technique soon caught on and even the Beatles became regular practitioners joining the Maharishi in India to learn it.

Before long “TM” was being taught worldwide and a teaching base was set up in Scotland with touring teachers taking it to small communities countrywide.

TM involves dedicating 20 minutes at least once a day to sitting comfortably and quietly repeating in your head a special mantra given to you at the end of your training in the technique.

It is now practised by millions of people worldwide who all extol its virtues as a potential creator of world peace.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi claimed that the quality of life would noticeably improve if one percent of the population practised the Transcendental Meditation technique.

This is known as the "Maharishi effect" and according to the Maharishi, it was perceived in 1974 after an analysis of crime statistics in 16 cities.

Author Ted Karam claims that there have been numerous studies on the Maharishi effect including a gathering of over 4,000 people in Washington, D.C. in the summer of 1993.

With the introduction of the TM-Sidhi program including Yogic Flying, the Maharishi proposed that the square root of 1 percent of the population practising this advanced program together at the same time and in the same place would create benefits in society.

This was referred to as the "Extended Maharishi Effect".

The TM organization has linked the fall of the Berlin Wall and a reduction in global terrorism, US inflation and crime rates to the Maharishi effect.

But whether you accept these protestations of meditation miracles there is no doubt that as a stress beater meditation offers amazing benefits for individuals.

During Stress Awareness Month, which this is, many people are contemplating learning how to meditate and these days there is a meditation technique for almost everyone. They can be given just a few moments or your whole lunch-hour … the choice is yours.

Concentration meditation involves focusing on a single point which could be a lighted candle, your breath, listening to a repetitive sound or counting the beads on a mala or a Pater Noster rosary.

In this form of meditation, you simply refocus your awareness on the chosen object of attention each time you notice your mind wandering. Rather than pursuing random thoughts, you simply let them go over time increasing your ability to concentrate and relax.

Mindfulness meditation is probably the most commonly discussed practise these days and is probably the most adaptable requiring nothing much more than a few spare minutes and a comfortable seat and it can even be done while walking!

Mindfulness meditation encourages the practitioner to observe wandering thoughts as they drift through the mind. The intention is not to get involved with the thoughts or to judge them, but simply to be aware of each mental note as it arises.

Through mindfulness meditation, you can see how your thoughts and feelings tend to move in particular patterns. Over time, you can become more aware of the human tendency to quickly judge an experience as good or bad, pleasant or unpleasant. With practice, an inner balance develops.

There are various other meditation techniques. There are also moving meditation techniques, such as tai chi, qigong, and walking meditation and meditation is included in yoga practises.

Studies on various meditation techniques have found the many short-term benefits including: lower blood pressure, improved blood circulation, lower heart rate, slower respiratory rate, less anxiety, lower blood cortisol level, more feelings of well-being, less stress, deeper relaxation and better sleep.

So: if you are feeling stressed out and frazzled why not give it a go? Things can only get better!

WAY back in the '60's the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi appeared on the hippy scene advocating a technique he called Transcendental Meditation.

His “silent meditation” technique soon caught on and even the Beatles became regular practitioners joining the Maharishi in India to learn it.

Before long “TM” was being taught worldwide and a teaching base was set up in Scotland with touring teachers taking it to small communities countrywide.

TM involves dedicating 20 minutes at least once a day to sitting comfortably and quietly repeating in your head a special mantra given to you at the end of your training in the technique.

It is now practised by millions of people worldwide who all extol its virtues as a potential creator of world peace.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi claimed that the quality of life would noticeably improve if one percent of the population practised the Transcendental Meditation technique.

This is known as the "Maharishi effect" and according to the Maharishi, it was perceived in 1974 after an analysis of crime statistics in 16 cities.

Author Ted Karam claims that there have been numerous studies on the Maharishi effect including a gathering of over 4,000 people in Washington, D.C. in the summer of 1993.

With the introduction of the TM-Sidhi program including Yogic Flying, the Maharishi proposed that the square root of 1 percent of the population practising this advanced program together at the same time and in the same place would create benefits in society.

This was referred to as the "Extended Maharishi Effect".

The TM organization has linked the fall of the Berlin Wall and a reduction in global terrorism, US inflation and crime rates to the Maharishi effect.

But whether you accept these protestations of meditation miracles there is no doubt that as a stress beater meditation offers amazing benefits for individuals.

During Stress Awareness Month, which this is, many people are contemplating learning how to meditate and these days there is a meditation technique for almost everyone. They can be given just a few moments or your whole lunch-hour … the choice is yours.

Concentration meditation involves focusing on a single point which could be a lighted candle, your breath, listening to a repetitive sound or counting the beads on a mala or a Pater Noster rosary.

In this form of meditation, you simply refocus your awareness on the chosen object of attention each time you notice your mind wandering. Rather than pursuing random thoughts, you simply let them go over time increasing your ability to concentrate and relax.

Mindfulness meditation is probably the most commonly discussed practise these days and is probably the most adaptable requiring nothing much more than a few spare minutes and a comfortable seat and it can even be done while walking!

Mindfulness meditation encourages the practitioner to observe wandering thoughts as they drift through the mind. The intention is not to get involved with the thoughts or to judge them, but simply to be aware of each mental note as it arises.

Through mindfulness meditation, you can see how your thoughts and feelings tend to move in particular patterns. Over time, you can become more aware of the human tendency to quickly judge an experience as good or bad, pleasant or unpleasant. With practice, an inner balance develops.

There are various other meditation techniques. There are also moving meditation techniques, such as tai chi, qigong, and walking meditation and meditation is included in yoga practises.

Studies on various meditation techniques have found the many short-term benefits including: lower blood pressure, improved blood circulation, lower heart rate, slower respiratory rate, less anxiety, lower blood cortisol level, more feelings of well-being, less stress, deeper relaxation and better sleep.

So: if you are feeling stressed out and frazzled why not give it a go? Things can only get better!

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