We meditate to focus on the present, to become more aware. Meditation helps to center the mind and thoughts creating focus and allowing us to filter our thoughts. Through meditation we gain insight and clarity to help us process emotions and issues. Meditation teaches us to witness or observe our thoughts and weed out what isn’t necessary.
Patanjali teaches that we withdraw from the senses, Pratyahara. Concentrate, Dharana. Finally, meditate, Dhyana. For best results, create a regular practice, get comfortable and set a space, seek stillness and quiet.
In meditation there are 4 states of consciousness:
Beta or awake state-rapid firing of ideas, senses, processing
Alpha or lucid state-relaxation, creativity, awareness, and imagination
Theta or sleep/dream state-REM sleep, heightened insight
Delta or deep sleep state-deep sleep, dreamless state.
Meditation moves us from Beta to Alpha state and improves our quality of metal thoughts.
Benefits of meditation:
Increased parasympathetic response
Increased sense of purpose
Increased sense of balance
There are several different forms or practices of meditation:
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Check out this quick tutorial on meditation