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The benefits of meditation are subjectively felt but are also backed with scientific proof. An individual may practice meditation sitting, laying down, or even in a yoga pose. Ongoing practice of meditation training enhances the immune system, promotes positive thinking, and improves concentration and focus. The meditation practices researched in this paper are mindfulness, loving-kindness, and prayer. Mindfulness Meditation Having awareness of ones surroundings while accepting life’s current circumstances is the essence of mindfulness-based meditation training.
Through the use of additional surveys and follow up interviews, Barnhofer and his colleagues found that Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy was effective at decreasing symptoms of major depression (2009). Another study conducted in Japan attempted to determine if consistent Yoga practice benefitted one’s mental health. This study focused on ... ... middle of paper ... ... the scientific process in both designing and carrying out my experimental study regarding the effects of consistent Yoga practice on adult females with depression symptoms. Works Cited Barnhofer, T., Crane, C., Hargus, E., Amarasinghe, M., Winder, R., & Williams, J.M.G. (2009).
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Personal Meditation Reflection: Meditation is an important psychological practice that protects the brain against aging as well as enhancing an individual’s ability to learn new things. This practice achieves this through sharpening focus, lessening stress, lowering blood pressure, and relieving chronic pain. Generally, it helps a person to experience greater calm, connect with deepest feelings, and challenges tendencies of self-judgment. Consequently, meditation leads to open doors for actual and accessible happiness for an individual. According to Salzberg (2011), meditation is basically training an individual’s attention in order to become more aware of inner workings and external incidents (p.7).
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Meditation has been around for thousands of years. In every religion, the instructions for meditating are the same; only the words differ ("Buddhist Meditation"). There are two major types of meditation that benefit the user, Mantra and Vipassana meditation ("Buddhist Meditation") By meditating, the human mind... ... middle of paper ... ...effects it may have on you (Figen). Continue this practice until it gets easier and meditate whenever you feel that it is needed (especially if you feel tense or stressed). Scientific data shows that meditation has many significant benefits to a human, including health and cognitive improvements as well as decreased anxiety and psychological disorders (Figen and Harris).
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It is characterized as a state of rest, while allowing the body to become more alert. This is accomplished through a dramatic decrease in metabolism, in turn, relaxing breathing patterns, and thus slowing activity within the nervous system. Upon completion of meditation one is more likely to show faster reactions to certain stimuli, a greater level of creativity, and a more conscious understanding and comprehension (ICBS Inc., 2004). Vast health and spiritual benefits can be observed, as well. This paper will describe and discuss how meditation came about, the context in which it was used in the past, reasons for its use as compared to modern uses, as well as, ways in which meditating can heal the body and soul.