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Meditation; Ten Minutes to Better Health

In the middle of the bustling port authority bus terminal in mid-town, Manhattan, I passed by two people in a turn style sitting area, eyes closed, in the cross-legged half lotus posture. How necessary, and appropriate, I observed, however so appearing out-of-place. As I walked past them, I recognized the level of concentration that busy terminal demanded to receive the benefits of divine relaxation. The required discipline, will, and above all, necessity.

the object of meditation is not to check out, it is to check in. Daily, we encounter so many energy fields, that in proportion, it seems seldom that we stop, and consider the effects, or magnitude of the accumulation. meditation refreshes the mind, as our circulatory system recycles the blood in the body. It is as necessary to our health, and peace of mind, and should be considered a crucial component of preventive medicine.

Health Benefits of Meditation

Meditation is a useful tool in reducing stress, and anxiety; improves focus, concentration, mood, and memory; increases mental acuity, and objectivity; lowers blood pressure; improves bodily functions, and increases the body’s natural healing process. The results of meditation are of such benefit that it is well worth your time to invest a few minutes of your day to build your natural foundation to wellbeing.

the practice of meditation transcends culture, land, and religious affiliation.  techniques, methods, and aspects vary accordingly. On a personal level, Every individual has a specific, and unique chemistry, and DNA. If you are just beginning, don’t worry about perfection. You may use certain common aspects as your guide. Though keep in mind that in time, you will find your own methods, and techniques to focus your attention.

Building your Foundation

In meditation, you are a conduit for energy. To meditate, always begin with the physical senses. Relax your body.  Inhale through the nostrils, and exhale through the mouth. The eye lids are a thin veil of skin above the eyes. When the eyes are closed, light is still visible through this thin veil. Observe this light, and the patterns of light, or motion you may see additionally. These patterns resemble the motion of energy that flows all around and through us.

Listen to the quiet. You may hear an audible frequency. It may shift, get louder, or softer. Focus attention on each breath; the diaphragm gathering air, and expanding as you inhale, and retreating as you exhale. the repetition of the respiratory system is reflected in the sound of the ocean’s tide, entering the sea, and exiting through the shore.

In this way, direct the focus to the body, and the physical senses; and away from the stimuli of daily activities, words, and thoughts. The path of meditation begins with the physical senses of the body, and expands to the consciousness of the greater connection to the universe. Your meditation is the tide that enters the sea, and shuffles to the shore. When you become more objective, you are more able to see the larger picture, beyond the self.

You can enhance your experience in various ways that you will find over time. Try Facing the sun. Go to a place where it is quiet. The meditation posture: the lotus, or half lotus position aligns the  body, and improves the respiratory, and circulatory systems. It is not necessary to close the eyes, though it can more effectively direct, and maintain your focus, and attention. Take at least 10 minutes of every day to develop your meditation. You will achieve peace within yourself, and your skills will improve over time.