When it comes to alternative therapy, there’s no other healing practice that can benefit you more than meditation. If you've been around meditation for a while you know that it's helpful with a lot of things.
With Labor Day around the corner, school-aged children from all around the country are either back in school or quickly preparing for a return to the classroom. I'm not sure why, but most people are reluctant to admit they would like to increase their overall happiness. If you pay attention to yourself and those around you, more often than not you will find that most of us suffer from a closed heart. The truth is that we live in a society that consciously or unconsciously promotes the belief that if people can change their outsides that their insides will follow suit. For those parents of school-aged children, all you have to do is think back to when you were in school to appreciate how anxiety ridden the whole schooling process can be.
If you're anything like me, on a daily basis you come into contact with people and situations that, well cause you to become frustrated. Although the word charka is foreign to most people, put simply, it represents an energy vortex found in the body that helps to regulate mental, physical, and spiritual health. The reasons for meditation are as diverse as those who practice this ancient healing technique. Are you the type of person that stops to smell the roses, or are you a person that charges down life's path attempting to see as many of them as possible? For those who don't know, one of the main purposes in getting a good night's sleep is to allow your brain the opportunity to go into an alpha wave state. When it comes to stress and anxiety, most know that unless addressed through practices like meditation, these two silent killers can ultimately lead to physical and emotional distress. If you're like most people, your days are spent running around doing sometimes odd, sometimes purposeful things that hopefully amount to a life well-lived. With regard to health and well being, truth be told, I haven't yet found anything closely resembling the magic pill. I don't know about you, but when I was a kid you could go out and play and no one could find you until you were good and ready to come home. Of all the meditation techniques practiced, one of the more challenging is Vipassana meditation.
When it comes to meditation, most know that it’s not the way you practice that matters. Stephanie Gates pens this recent Daily Camera post on a group helping veterans suffering with PTSD in Boulder, CO who are using equine therapy to successfully practice mindfulness and meditation in an attempt to repair the damage done from the memories of war. The benefits of meditation infographic shows the benefits of meditation to your health body and mind.
Why is it that the place you spend the most time at is more than likely the place that causes you the greatest amount of stress?
In this recent Where I Live Sydney post, the results of a recent study are discussed in which various meditation techniques were administered and their effectiveness at dealing with stress compared.
Researchers led by Dr Ramesh Manocha of the university’s Meditation Research Program monitored the stress levels of city workers to find out how meditation could ease the burden.


But after an eight-week clinical trial, there was strong evidence of the clinically relevant impacts of meditation on the mental state of office workers, particularly among those who practised meditation aiming to achieve “mental silence”. Dr Manocha used the ancient eastern understanding of meditation rather than modern methods. These more modern meditation techniques, such as simple relaxation or visualisation, performed less well in the research. If you’re familiar with energy medicine and your chakra system, then you know how essential it is to keep your chakras in proper balance. Although all of the chakras are important, when it comes to issues like survival, stability, needs, and a sense of groundedness and security, bringing balance and harmony to your first chakra, also known as the root chakra or the muladhara chakra, is primary. Michelle Fajkus pens this recent Elephant Journal post on the importance of the muladhara chakra. If you’ve been practicing meditation for a while, you know that finding peace within can have a direct impact on how you orient and interact with the outside world. Wayne Codling pens this recent Times Colonist post on just how beneficial meditation is to a person’s well being.
One thing that you’ll get to know very quickly if you practice meditation for any length of time is your heart. Renowned yoga and meditation instructor Shivea Rea pens this recent Yoga Journal post on how to practice a lotus heart meditation. To begin, find a comfortable posture for meditation (seated on a cushion or blanket, in a chair, or against a wall).
Place your hands on your knees in Jnana Mudra (index and thumb touching), with palms facing up to open your awareness or palms facing down to calm the mind.
Susan Scott Morales takes a look at the benefits of meditation and it’s ability to release tension and more in this recent Ann Arbor post. After years of watching me meditate every morning my husband said, “There must be something to this meditation.
What he didn’t say, but what I understood, was that I am more relaxed, more spontaneous, less critical. And while the biggest challenge many beginning meditators face is finding the time to focus within, once a person commits to this inward reflection, most find that it becomes a vital part of their wellness toolbox. For most, the practice involves grabbing a cushion, plopping oneself down with eyes closed, and turning one's focus within. Emotional challenges, physical problems, and spiritual maladies are just some of the things that meditation can help provide both relief and insight into. Unfortunately, this view on how to cultivate peace and happiness is focused in the wrong direction. Some use it to relieve stress and anxiety, while others use the practice to tap into their creative center. What is important is that the way you do facilitates an opportunity to be with yourself so that you can learn about yourself, and in the process hopefully heal. Not only do vets benefit from riding the horses, but also from being responsible for their care and upkeep.
Of course there’s no telling why for most people where they work presents such a tremendous amount of angst.
According to Dr Ramesh Manocha, the lead researcher in the University of Sydney study, when it came to relieving workplace stress, silent meditation outranked other techniques such as simple relaxation and visualization.


An energy system out of balance can lead to emotional and physical issues that can have long term consequences.
According to Fajkus, using meditation and other types of healing and relaxation techniques, it’s possible to bring balance to your root. No other focusing technique seems to be more powerful when it comes to interpersonal relationships. According to Codling, in an ideal world, mindful internal focus would extend to all the activities in one’s life. According to Rea, apart from teaching you to focus your awareness, the lotus heart meditation is intended to allow a person to experience the gift of unconditional love. You may find it helpful to set a timer for 10, 20, or 30 minutes so you can deepen your meditation without wondering about the time.
Even better, the alternative practice helps to give perspective on one’s life and the issues that a person is needing to be taken away from in the first place. With those individuals suffering from the effects of PTSD or post-traumatic stress disorder, finding gentle, yet strong ways to cultivate this internal reparative relationship is vital.
Be sure to share these 100 benefits of meditation on Facebook and Twitter so we can motivate others to start meditating! It’s tough to get rid of the ego’s subconscious notion: “Why me?” (Or, “Why not me?”) Balancing the first chakra means going to the places that scare you, sitting there, breathing, feeling your body, feeling your feelings completely, not wriggling away, not plotting your escape. The more the better, meditation enables a person to manage the ups and downs through greater awareness. Meditation teaches us how to bring a high level of moment-by-moment awareness to all activity. Rather, your heart center – you know that thing you protect and close off from the rest of the world so you don’t get hurt?
The point is that it helps a person rest within themselves in a way that allows for the goodness within to more easily come forth. Please help share these 100 benefits of meditation on Facebook and by linking to this page. A healthy root chakra is connected to both the earth and the sky, the grounded, solid quality of reality as well as the expansive spaciousness of acute awareness. Unfortunately, closing off one’s heart center can lead to all sorts of problems including depression, anxiety, and heart issues, not to mention a lack of love and acceptance in your life.
This meditation serves two purposes: First, to learn to focus the mind on any object as an internal seat, and second, to receive the healing benefits of being connected to the heart as a place of unconditional love. The appearance of any of the “poisons” (ie, greed, hatred, jealousy, heedlessness, self aggrandizement, etc.) within mundane, usually solitary activities is much easier to acknowledge and to counteract than in the bigger, more significant activities.



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