Understanding Meditation

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Meditation is something that you do to help clear your mind and give yourself a sense of peace and calm. The traditional form of meditation is what most people think of when they first learn about how to meditate.

If you are new to meditation, you may feel nervous; however, meditation is nothing to be scared of. A lot of people may tell you it is dangerous and you will be opening yourself up to a lot of unwanted psychic energy – this is not true at all. Meditation is a way of dealing with your daily worries and anxieties, so you feel better about yourself. After your first meditation session you should feel calmer and more relaxed. It is also common to feel a wonderful sense of peace during your meditation; if you experience this calming sensation you will want to practice meditating on a regular basis.

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The Beauty Of Meditation

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It is believed, that the first known use of meditation took place at least 15,000 years ago with hunter-gatherers. Cave paintings have been found showing people lying on the ground in meditation. These people are believed to be shamans who would use meditation to achieve a trance like state; And while in this state, they would consult the spirits for help when they hunted animals for food. The earliest recorded writings about meditation occurred in India about 5,000 years ago. They appear in the Vedas, (Books of Knowledge,) which are sacred Indian scriptures.

During the 6th century BC, Hindu Prince Siddharta Gautama was happy and wealthy. Although he was happy, he learned that not everyone else was satisfied with life. One day he sat down under a tree, folded his legs and began to look deep into his mind. After seven days of meditation, he awoke with new found knowledge. He became known as Buddha. Buddha had learned how to quiet his inner thoughts and develop a strong form of concentration. Buddhism began to spread and the religion and practices of meditation eventually made its way to China and Tibet. Since this time, particularly since the 1960′s and 70′s, the practice of meditation has made its way to the west. Where this beautiful peaceful practice has gained great popularity and respect.

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Dealing With Stress

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Stress is becoming increasingly common these days. This isn’t surprising when you think about all the changes going on in the world. Due to the economic meltdown, a lot of people are worried about losing their jobs, or wondering where their next meal is coming from. Food banks have been set up to help some of the poorest people, but there are others suffering from stress and anxiety who don’t know who to turn to.

Stress is a very debilitating illness. It is something that can be prevented, yet so many people let it get out of hand and this leads to physical illnesses manifesting. At its worst, stress can lead to depression. Depression is a clinical disease, which doctors prefer to treat by referring patients to counsellors; however, a lot of people prefer to take medication. This can lead to dependency. There are some types of depression that are hereditary, or are not caused by stress; however, there are incidences of depression that are a result of a build up of acute stress and anxiety. It is this type of depression that can be reversed using some stress-reduction strategies.

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Overcoming Fear

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Fear is what we feel when facing danger and the fear reaction is a natural primitive response. Invaluable to our ancestors whose lives were very different to ours. Life for them was a daily struggle to survive. The most basic response to fear is the ‘fight or flight’ reflex. Which allowed us to outrun preditors in a hostile world. Modern man does not have to deal with sabre toothed tigers or marauding rival tribes. What we do have to face is a world in which we are often put under a tremendous amount of mental and emotional pressure.

Stress, has been called the scourge of modern society; And is responsible for millions of people every year being off work. Fear can take many forms. There is a normal fear which causes us to avoid dangerous situations, which is healthy. There are phobia’s where someone may have a severe fear reaction, to what might seem to the majority of us to be a normal part of every day life.

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