Monday, August 2, 2010
Meditation To Help With Recovery
Meditation pertains to a state where your body and brain are consciously relaxed and centered. Practitioners of this art report expanded awareness, centering, and concentration, as well as a more favorable outlook in life. This can all help with recovery.
Meditation is most normally associated with monks, mystics and other spiritual fields. All the same, you don’t have to be a monk or religious mystic to enjoy its advantages. And you don’t even have to be in a particular place to practice it. You put up even try it in your own living-room!
While there are a lot of different approaches to meditation, the basic principles stay the same. The most crucial among these precepts is that of taking away hindering, damaging, and wandering thoughts and illusions, and calming the mind with a rich sense of focus. This clears the mind of junk and prepares it for a greater quality of activity.
The damaging thoughts you have – those of noisy neighbors, bossy officemates, that parking fine you got, and unwanted cravings– are said to add to the ‘polluting’ of the mind, and closing them out is allows the ‘purifying’ of the mind so that it might center on deeper, more meaningful ideas.
A few practitioners even exclude all sensory input – no sights, no sounds, and nothing to touch – and attempt to detach themselves from the disruption around them. You might now center on a rich, profound thought if this is your goal. It might seem deafening initially, since we're all too accustomed to perpetually hearing and seeing things, but as you go along with this exercise you'll find yourself becoming more aware of everything around you.
If you find the meditating poses you see on TV ominous – those with impossibly arching backs, and painful-looking contortions – you need not fret. The precept here is to be in a comfy position conducive to concentration. This might be while sitting cross-legged, standing, lying down, and even walking.
If the pose lets you unwind and center, then that would be a great beginning point. While sitting or standing, the back should be straight, but not tense or taut. In other poses, the only no-no is slumping and nodding off.
Loose, comfy clothes help a lot in the process as tightly fitting clothes have a tendency to choke you up and make you feel strained.
The area you perform meditation should have a calming atmosphere. It might be in your front room, or bedroom, or anywhere that you feel comfortable in. You may want an exercise mat if you plan to assume the more challenging poses (if you feel more centered doing so,). You might want to have the place ordered so that it's calming to your senses.
Silence helps most individuals relax and meditate, so you might want a quiet, detached area far from the ringing of the phone or the buzzing of the washer. Satisfying scents likewise help in that regard, so stocking up on aromatic candles isn’t such a sorry idea either. Certain scents can aid in recovery as well.
The monks you see on TV making those monotone sounds are in reality performing their mantra. This, in easy terms, is a short creed, a simple sound which, for these practitioners, holds a mystical value.
You don't need to perform such; all the same, it would pay to note that centering on repeated actions like breathing, and humming help the practitioner enter a greater state of consciousness.
The principle here is center. You may also try centering on a particular object or thought, or even, while keeping your eyes open, center on a single sight.
One sample routine would be to – while in a reflective state – silently name every part of you body and centering your consciousness on that part. While doing this you should be mindful of any tension on any part of your body. Mentally visualize expelling this tension. It works wonders. You can also focus on expelling thoughts... like cravings.
Altogether, meditation is a relatively riskless practice and its advantages are well worth the effort (or non-effort – remember we’re unwinding).
Studies have demonstrated that meditation does bring about beneficial physiological effects to the body. And there has been a growing consensus in the medical profession to further study the effects of such. So in the near future, who knows, that mysterious, esoteric thing we call meditation may become a science itself!