What is meditation? How Mediatation affects your body?
Meditation is a set of techniques that are used to encourage a state of awareness and focused attention.
Meditation has been practiced all over the world in all cultures. Almost every religion like Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, etc has a tradition of using different types of mediation. It can also be used as a psychotherapeutic technique. There are various different types of meditation.
Types of Meditation:
Concentrative mediation and mindfulness meditation are two main types of meditation.
Concentrative mediation involves focusing all of the attention on a specific object or thing while turning out everything surrounding it. The main purpose is to experience the thing which person is focusing on, whether it’s a flower or breath in order to reach a higher state of focusing.
Mindfulness meditation can target different issues like drug addiction, depression, bipolar which means it focuses on the state of being aware of, involved in the present moment, and making themselves accepting. Guided imagery, visualization mediation, progressive muscle relaxation, and so on are examples of mindfulness mediation.
Different types of meditation may involve different elements to help a person to mediate self. It may depend on whose guidance is followed by the person. Some most common features in mediation are focused attention which helps the mind from distraction for relaxed breathing or deep breathing in a quiet setting or a comfortable place.
Many research has shown that mediation has both psychological and physiological effects. Some of the psychological effects include a sense of calm, peace, and balance that can benefit both emotional and health-related problems, increased self-awareness, improved emotional wellbeing, change in different aspects of attention, stress management, and also improvement in working memory. Some of the positive physiological effects are reduced respiration rate, decreased heart rate, changes in brain wave patterns, and a lower state of physical arousal.
At Innovative Zone Rehabilitation, we are practicing different kinds of mediation which are progressive muscle relaxation with deep breathing, guided imagery, and visualization, or focused mediation.
Written By: Aqsa Amin
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