My husband and I both went through MBSR - Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction training with a local teacher. Books and DVDs are also available for those who prefer to do it alone or not having funds available to pay for a class.
As other's mentioned, it's really all about reducing the noise in our mind, not getting anxious about things from the past or things that "might" be in the future, just getting centered in the present. Some days you can do the same thing just by slowly counting to 10 while focusing on your breathing (grin).
shirleybob1, just wanted to give you a little feedback. Meditaion and Prayer are 2 seperate issues. Anyone reguardless of race, sect and religion can meditate, it has nothing to do with religion. There are some religions who do use meditation as part of there ritual. Now, as far as using a rosery this is a religious practice.( Meditation is Spiritual, Prayer is Religious.) Religion may not be for everyone that's on here, while Spirituality is an individuals choice.
I was jazzed to see an article about meditation, since I've been thinking of looking into it, but I was immediately turned off by the sales pitch. I like my advertising where I can see it - and ignore it if I want to. Jeepers.
3/25/2011 12:10:50 AM
Did you notice the cost for the TM classes (so that you will learn to do it "right") is $1,500. Absolutely ridiculous!!
Meditation is easy. One can learn to do it by reading a few simple steps. Relax in a quiet setting where you will not be disturbed. Breath deeply, close your eyes, hands on your lap with palms upward as if you are about to receive a gift (you are.)
Now just relax every part of your body as you breathe, starting with the crown of your head, your face, ears, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, chest, stomach, pelvic area, legs, knees, calves, feet, and up the back side of your body ending with the crown of your head. With each breath in, relax. With each exhale breathe out tension from each area as your awareness rests there. Simple!
It feels very good. Do it twice a day for 15 or 20 minutes. After awhile, you will be able to get into the meditative state just with a couple of breaths, or even while walking.
12/6/2010 9:29:45 AM
I agree with ShirleyBob1 that almost any meditative practice produces the same sort of drop in BP. That being said, I do find that my Buddhist metta meditation works best for me. I believe that this is because I do it for a longer stretch of time per session.
When I first started SP, my BP was dangerously high and I was on medication. I once measured my BP just after meditation and was surprised and delighted at how much it had dropped. It really, really works! With diet and exercise, my doctor told me my blood pressure was "perfect" at my last visit!
While I believe in the power of meditation and/or contemplation, I remember learning about the TM movement in a college course on cults. I did a brief websearch using the words 'transcendental meditation cult' and came up with some troubling information. Perhaps this article should include a disclaimer?
It makes me laugh that people are so open to something that sounds exotic like transcendental meditation. I have to admit that when I was younger it sounded more appealing too, but lots of types of regular prayer do the same thing. I am Catholic and say the rosary. I say it while I walk or hike sometimes and sometimes while I am sitting or lying in bed. Comtemplative prayer has the same affects. So for those of you that are more in the Christian vein there are loads of books and articles on contempletive prayer. Either way clearing your mind of clutter and centering yourself are good for your body.
Great article. I'm learning Tai Chi because it is a type of meditation, but good for Balance. I use the videos by TERRY DUNN, which are wonderful for beginners. I use the videos for Yoga by Rodney Yee, as he is easy to follow and a Teacher for B.K.S. Iyengar.
4/13/2008 2:01:47 AM
This sounds very good. I hope it will work. I will try it.
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