Is meditation as helpful as therapy?


Meditation therapy is a method where relaxation and inside consciousness is awakened by focusing on a mantra or a keyword, sound, or image. Outside stimuli is eliminated. Certain breathing patterns, chanting, body postures are to be followed in this process.

Meditation therapy has certain common steps as choosing a peaceful place, finding a comfortable posture, and focusing your whole attention to a point or breath.

The duration of a meditation practice can be as short as one minute which may last to several hours. There is no fixed time for it. It depends on a person how easily and early he may focus and direct his attention.

Mindfulness meditation programs helps in anxiety, depression, pain and mental health-related problems. There is no side effect of meditation on positive mood, attention, eating habits, sleep, or weight etc.


6 Proven Benefits of MeditationTtherapy:


1. Meditation improves a healthy sleep.

Seven to eight hours of sound sleep is highly salubrious. It is found that 8-week mindfulness meditation training brings out a significant decrease in insomnia. If a person continues to use mindfulness meditation, his experience of insomnia lessens.


2. Researches also show that meditation improves the retention of information. After receiving a brief meditation training or rest, if students listen to a lecture followed by a quiz, they retain more information in comparison to them who do not follow meditation. It is seen the amygdala changes after two months of meditation training. In addition to helping in memory loss, meditation can improve memory in patients suffering from dementia.


3. Meditation has a stronger effect in reducing smoking, alcohol addiction and cravings for other drugs. It helps to control such addiction. Meditation makes a will power strong; it fills with confidence and decreases cravings. Meditation helps people learn to redirect their energy, increase their willpower, control their emotions and impulses.


4. Meditation improves emotional health. There are certain types of meditation that teaches us to improve self-worth and self-love. It brings a more positive attitude towards life. Some forms of meditation can help you develop a better understanding of yourself and your surroundings. Forms of meditation teach you to observe your mind and protect it from generating harmful or self-defeating, negative thought pattern. You gain a greater awareness of yourself. You learn to love your body, your own self, your birth, you can navigate your thoughts towards more constructive patterns.

5. A regular mindfulness meditation can also improve physical health as it reduces strain from the heart. It brings high blood pressure under control. High blood pressure makes the heart work harder to pump blood. High blood pressure proves to be alarming in atherosclerosis, or narrowing of the arteries, which paves the way to heart attacks and strokes.


6. Generally, it is seen that people try meditation to control stress and anxiety. Normally increased levels of the stress hormone cortisol produces harmful effects on body and mind accordingly. It may interfere with sleep, increase blood pressure, promote depression and anxiety, and makes a person feel fatigued. Research has shown that meditation may decrease stress. It stimulates the feel-good hormones in the brain.

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