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How does meditation help in healing?

Studies from reputed institutes have shed light on how meditation heals the body.

  1. Research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School showed that regular practice of meditation helped- reduce heart diseases by 45%, lower high blood pressure by 43%, reduce cholesterol levels significantly, slow down the ageing

  2. Breath-based meditation like Sudarshan Kriya and yogic breathing can help promote self-awareness and relaxation. They also have the potential to support better integration of the brain with other organs. This can lead to enhanced human performance.

  3. Meditation helps develop emotional regulation.It improves your response to stress and anxiety and helps control depression.

  4. It can help reduce stress by keeping you in the present moment. After all, only when you rue the past and worry about the future are you anxious.

  5. Meditation leads to enhanced sensory perception. By shutting out everything external for a short while, you start experiencing with an enhanced awareness.

  6. Studies have shown that the benefits of meditation last longer than the time you spend for meditation.

Breath-based meditation to heal yourself. It helps:

  • Oxygenate every cell of the body.
  • Flush out negative emotions from the body.
  • Release tension, frustration, and anger.
  • Relieve anxiety, depression, and lethargy.

You can also try Sahaj Samadhi Meditation (SSM). It is a simple technique that boosts your energy levels and connects you with your inner being.

Just remember to balance your practices with the right diet. You will then have the best prescription for healing yourself physically and mentally.

                                                            How do I meditate?

When learning how to meditate, beginners often have trouble finding the best posture for meditation. Don't be afraid to experiment — there's no "right" way to meditate. Prepare to meditate by finding a quiet room without disruptions and take the following steps:

  • Turn off your phone and any other gadgets.
  • Dim the lights.
  • Sit in a straight-backed chair with your head forward, knees bent at a right angle and your hands on your thighs. You can also sit with your legs crossed or, if you're flexible, pretzel your legs into a lotus position. If sitting isn't comfortable, lie on the floor (it's too easy to fall asleep on a bed).
  • You can chant a mantra to yourself, such as " Om Mani Padme Hum," a Tibetan healing mantra, or use a simple word like "calm," "one" or "om."
  • Close your eyes, or try staring at a focal point.

The best advice for beginners just learning about meditation is to start simple. Quieting your mind for long periods is more difficult than it looks,  All you'll need is a quiet space where you won't be disturbed.

Drawing directly from the early Christian teaching John Main summarised the practice in this simple way:
Sit down. Sit still with your back straight. Close your eyes lightly. Then interiorly, silently begin to recite a single word – a prayer word or mantra. We recommend the ancient Christian prayer-word "Maranatha". Say it as four equal syllables. Breathe normally and give your full attention to the word as you say it, silently, gently, faithfully and  - above all - simply. The essence of meditation is simplicity. Stay with the same word during the whole meditation and in each meditation day to day. Don't visualise but listen to the word, as you say it. Let go of all thoughts (even good thoughts), images and other words. Don’t fight your distractions: let them go by saying your word faithfully, gently and attentively and returning to it as soon as you realise you have stopped saying or it or when your attention wanders. Meditate twice a day, morning and evening, for between 20 and 30 minutes. It may take a time to develop this discipline and the support of a tradition and community is always helpful.