Meditation Techniques: Meditation for Relaxation and Stress Reduction

Meditation refers to a state where your body and mind are consciously relaxed and focused.  Practitioners of this art report increased awareness, focus, and concentration, as well as a more positive outlook in life.

 

Meditation is most commonly associated with monks, mystics and other spiritual disciplines.  However, you don’t have to be a monk or mystic to enjoy its benefits.  And you don’t even have to be in a special place to practice it.  You could even try it in your own living room!

 

Although there are many different approaches to meditation, the fundamental principles remain the same.  The most important among these principles is that of removing obstructive, negative, and wandering thoughts and fantasies, and calming the mind with a deep sense of focus.  This clears the mind of debris and prepares it for a higher quality of activity.

 

The negative thoughts you have – those of noisy neighbors, bossy officemates, that parking ticket you got, and unwanted spam– are said to contribute to the ‘polluting’ of the mind, and shutting them out is allows for the ‘cleansing’ of the mind so that it may focus on deeper, more meaningful thoughts.

 

Some practitioners even shut out all sensory input – no sights, no sounds, and nothing to touch – and try to detach themselves from the commotion around them.  You may now focus on a deep, profound thought if this is your goal.  It may seem deafening at first, since we are all too accustomed to constantly hearing and seeing things, but as you continue this exercise you will find yourself becoming more aware of everything around you.

 

If you find the meditating positions you see on television threatening – those with impossibly arched backs, and painful-looking contortions – you need not worry.  The principle here is to be in a comfortable position conducive to concentration.  This may be while sitting cross-legged, standing, lying down, and even walking.

 

If the position allows you to relax and focus, then that would be a good starting point.  While sitting or standing, the back should be straight, but not tense or tight.  In other positions, the only no-no is slouching and falling asleep.

 

Loose, comfortable clothes help a lot in the process since tight fitting clothes have a tendency to choke you up and make you feel tense.

 

The place you perform meditation should have a soothing atmosphere.  It may be in your living room, or bedroom, or any place that you feel comfortable in.  You might want an exercise mat if you plan to take on the more challenging positions (if you feel more focused doing so, and if the contortionist in you is screaming for release).  You may want to have the place arranged so that it is soothing to your senses.

 

Silence helps most people relax and meditate, so you may want a quiet, isolated area far from the ringing of the phone or the humming of the washing machine.  Pleasing scents also help in that regard, so stocking up on aromatic candles isn’t such a bad idea either.

 

The monks you see on television making those monotonous sounds are actually performing their mantra.  This, in simple terms, is a short creed, a simple sound which, for these practitioners, holds a mystic value.

 

You do not need to perform such; however, it would pay to note that focusing on repeated actions such as breathing, and humming help the practitioner enter a higher state of consciousness.

 

The principle here is focus.  You could also try focusing on a certain object or thought, or even, while keeping your eyes open, focus on a single sight.

 

One sample routine would be to – while in a meditative state – silently name every part of you body and focusing your consciousness on that part. While doing this you should be aware of any tension on any part of your body.  Mentally visualize releasing this tension.  It works wonders.

 

In all, meditation is a relatively risk-free practice and its benefits are well worth the effort (or non-effort – remember we’re relaxing).

 

Studies have shown that meditation does bring about beneficial physiologic effects to the body.  And there has been a growing consensus in the medical community to further study the effects of such.  So in the near future, who knows, that mystical, esoteric thing we call meditation might become a science itself!

70 Comments

  1. Very nice and informative. I love this. Keep it up

  2. Very useful informations. 🙂 Thanks!

  3. I don’t meditate, however, I understand the power of meditation for relaxation and stress reduction. This was very important information.

  4. Thanks for the valuable tips.

  5. wow!! good message for all people. thank you very much for this.

  6. Good site with full of informations and advices

  7. now i know what mean and how i make a Meditation thanks for the artikle.

  8. In fact, meditation is the best way to control oneself and reduce stress. I practice meditation regularly and get good benefits through it.

  9. well after reading this, i think i needs to mediate for fitness and health

  10. very useful tips and suggestion , Thanks

  11. Thank you so much for this useful information

  12. meditation is really helpful for respiratory issues, i had breathing issues for anxiety. i completely recovered by doing meditation.

  13. really helpful for respiratory issues

  14. very nice information meditation for relaxation and stress reduction.thanks a lot

  15. Meditation for relief.

  16. very useful information im soo happy…thanks

  17. thank you a lot This was very important information.

  18. Meditation is good to health.
    We can feel our soul while practice and this article is very useful to our generation.

  19. Very helpful information for meditation and easy to understand…….

  20. Very interesting article, meditation is very important to have a healthy life and it is increasingly necessary to meditate and practice yoga.

  21. Very interesting article, meditation is very important to have a healthy life and it is increasingly necessary to meditate and practice yoga.

  22. That’s so nice to get meditation

  23. This information is helpful in our daily lives. Big ups to the author.

  24. Meditation gives peace of mind, positive energy.

  25. this method works 100% I really like this post

  26. The goal of meditation is to focus and understand your mind—eventually reaching a higher level of awareness and inner calm.

  27. Thank you for giving medication knowledge,it is very useful and important for our health.

  28. It is a good article. thanks for sharing

  29. Meditation Technique is very important to relax your both body and mind.

  30. Thank you for this useful information. Meditation is a perfect method to build a focused mind.

  31. This is the great idea how to remove stress.

  32. This is the great idea how to remove stress and it is easy to do while at home.very useful techniques.

  33. I read your article carefully and I think Yoga is the best technique for Meditation Techniques.

  34. Meditation is the best way to Relaxation and Stress Reduction. Its is a very important for current society.
    Thanks for sharing the article about Meditation Techniques. valuable post.

  35. meditation is really good for a peacefull mind thankyou

  36. thanks for sharing this

  37. I am mostly stressed out after a day long working, this article might help me overcome it. I am pretty much sure that the techniques from this article will surely help me. thanks

  38. Our mind is a very powerful thing. Through meditation we control our mind. When we are able to control our mind we are able to take it to any state we want to.

  39. I will try this thank you for sharing

  40. Thank u Very Much This article is very Nice

  41. very nice information meditaton is really necessary .

  42. Meditation is very important in our daily life. It helps most people relax and meditate

  43. for thousands of years, meditation is used as a technique of self relaxing, stress relaxing, control of emotion and so on. Nice topic…

  44. This article was very helpful . Many times despite being aware of the most common things we tend to neglect them . It is human nature . This article reminds of something very important once again , which is known to everyone yet is neglected. Thank you !

  45. this article was so good and helpful.

  46. meditation hs been vry effective since gautam buddha has performed it and had been an inspiraation for everyone so meditation is very essentail for having calm mind.

  47. Thanks for this article that made me understand things. Congratulations!

  48. Meditation helps our body and soul to relax and stay healthy.

  49. Very helpful tips. Meditation is very important in our daily life. It Helps people to stay calm and relax. Thanks for publishing this amazing article.

  50. I heard from many people that meditation can help for stress. And people today practise meditation a lot. So many people say that meditation help them for stress, so I think that is true.

  51. This post is very informative as it helped me know about different techniques for relaxation and reduction. I recommend everyone to read this.

  52. Very amazing and valuable Tips Thanks for the
    advice

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *