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April 15, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 150

In some minds, the thought of meditation conjures up a picture of years of fasting, hidden away in a Tibetan monastery. Fortunately, this rather drastic step is not required to achieve some of the benefits meditating can provide for an individual. As a matter of fact, a short, 10 minute session per day, or even just two or three times a week can have dramatic effects on the well being of a person.

It has been shown through varying studies that short periods of meditation can decrease depression and anxiety and increase relaxed brain waves, or alpha waves, as these relaxed waves are called. Harvard Medical School researchers conducted studies using MRI technology to monitor participants' brain activity during meditative activities.

The results revealed that meditating affects those sections of the brain that are responsible for governing the autonomic nervous system. In other words, meditating affects bodily functions that are out of an individual's control and are likely to be affected by stress, such as, for instance, blood pressure and digestive functions. The conclusion drawn from these results is that regular meditation even for short periods at a time may assist in warding off stress related physical conditions, like, for example, digestive problems, heart disease or infertility.

How to meditate is essentially a question of personal preference. There are many different traditions, involving many different practices. Some of the traditions include Buddhism, Taoism, Zen meditation, prayer and mindfulness. Methods depend partly on the tradition, as well as on what actually feels comfortable and assists the individual in their effort to still their mind.

Some people will lie flat on their back to meditate, while others prefer a sitting position; some will chant and others will remain perfectly quiet, focusing their thoughts on a particular image or object. Others still may prefer to wander about in a special place, such as a beautiful garden, a beach or perhaps even a church or temple. Creating mandalas, which are essentially round pictures, is another way to meditate. Regarded as sacred, symbolic images, mandalas are especially common in Buddhist and Hindi traditions, as well as often being used in pagan traditions.

Ranging from fairly simple images to highly intricate, artistic creations, these images focus the mind on the activity while allowing the creator to express their innermost thoughts and feelings. A particularly beautiful example of such creative meditation is found in the sand mandalas created originally by Tibetan monks.

Whichever form or practice of meditating is ultimately chosen does, as mentioned, depend on an individual's personal preference. In any case, reduced stress, better health and a quieter state of mind will be the result. For psychics, whether they work online or offline, meditation provides the stillness of mind required to tune in to the energies assisting them in their efforts to help others. Cutting out the chatter of the mind is essential to ensure that only that which is of importance and of positive influence will be allowed to influence proceedings and the outcome of readings.

Rachel Hindle works for the psychic & metaphysical arena and is a Reiki Master, promoting discovery of the personal spiritual pathway through the use of established and expert clairvoyants, astrologers, tarot readers and mediums.

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