Meditation is a mental state which allows the person to isolate himself/herself from daily obligation and to concentrate on a point of from to eliminate stress.
Meditation is perhaps, the oldest procedure still in existence and undoubtedly it is one of the most efficient for acquiring mental peace and dispelling stress and tension.
Because of its simplicity and the possibility of carrying it out alone without the aid of others, it has been popular throughout the centuries.
Jesus Christ practiced meditation and in this way received the power which became the secret of his peace, his confidence and success in dealing with those around him.
Jesus Christ assures us all that those who practice his type of meditation will receive mental peace and renewed Spiritual energy.
Meditation is an ideal form of introspection which permits the human being to find peace with himself and the necessary balance between the material and the spiritual words.
TRUE USEFULNESS OF MEDITATION;
1. Those who practice meditation regularly and systematically have greater control over what passes through their conscious mind. As a result of this, they are the ones who choose what to let into their thoughts.
2. Relaxation; is a by- product of meditation. Meditation and stress is incompatible. As meditation prevail, muscular and emotional relaxation occur. Frequent meditation makes the person less aggressive, less anxious and freer from stress.
3. Meditation helps the person to became more balanced meditation expands the cerebral functions until a state of equilibrium between the left and right hemisphere is reached. While the left hemisphere supplies the logical function, mathematics, scientific study and rational thought. The right side governs the creature abilities, the imagination and the spiritual side of the person.
Meditation helps to compensate for the possible functional deficiency of the right hemisphere as a result favouring a more balanced use of all the mental ability.
4. Meditation helps the person reach beyond the material side of daily life to touch the spiritual dimension.
Physiological sensors applied to people in moments of meditation show that, during meditation, the respiratory and circulatory rates slow, the heart rate is reduced and the circulatory system becomes more balanced.
Brainwaves show balanced patterns. This suggests that there is a spiritual dimension which is favorable to a state of mental and physical health
HOW TO MEDITATE
Depending on our lifestyle, It can be easier or more difficult to practice meditation.
THE PLACE AND THE TIME
It is important to choose a proper place and time of meditation. The ideal is to meditate daily in the same place and at the same time.
There are people who prefer the morning hours but for others, the calm of the evening before bedtime is more appropriate.
Depending on our personal circumstances, meditation can take place in a room or outdoor. No matter where it is done, regularity and silence must be a part of meditation.
The posture during meditation should be comfortable, though not excessively so.
Traditional methods suggest sitting on the floor on a rug or a pillow with the legs crossed. Some feel “too mystical” in such a positions.
In these cases, it would be better to sit up in a chair. This is the time when the person must set aside all the worries of the day and must decide not to allow interruptions and distractions.
THE FOCUS OF MEDITATION
It is important that the person must choose a point of focus, one must choose the object or experience around which the meditation is going to occur. Some traditions suggest a “mantra” (a word or short phrase which is repeated over and over). Others prefer the “mandala” (drawing of a geometric figure upon which the eyes focus).
Still others prefer a blank wall upon which to concentrate. But I suggest a more profound and significant experience: which is choosing a brief passage from the Holy Bible as the point of focus for the meditation.
The person must concentrate on the contents of the object of experience. That is reading the passage calmly several times, saying the word until one becomes familiar with the message.
Then the person must think about what is written and the circumstances which surround the writing. After this, we must try to identify personally with the passage.
After some 20 minutes of this exercise, the person prepares to end the session in a slow, quiet way.
In many cases, a personal prayer can add the final touch to a positive mental state. After a meditation session, one feels calm and relaxed. Rather than reacting defensively, we are now able to look for peace and harmony within ourselves and with others.
This is because the person becomes mentally healthy after meditation. You cannot lose anything by trying daily meditation for a week. You may discover that you gain in your ability to combat stress and other harmful emotions.