This article intends to offer information on meditation methods that will help you in managing pain and over coming pain using the principles of yoga. Yoga uses simple techniques which can be performed by anyone and more importantly it is not time consuming. The world over, this practice is becoming more and more popular to handle problems arising out of stress and tension. When you meditate, you feel the stress draining out and the calmness and stillness flowing in and this is what makes this technique so wonderful.
You can meditate with the accompaniment of chanting or maybe music – you could even do it with absolute silence. You could focus on an external object like a painting or you could internalize it and focus on your posture or your breathing. You need to find a place where you won’t be interrupted when you do this so never mind what technique you use, the place you are in is important.
Then select a word, object, or one’s own breathing rhythm and find a comfortable position – to prevent falling asleep it is best not to be lying down. The aim of the exercise is to enter a state of ‘mindfulness’ in which one is aware of all around and at the same time is in a detached mental state from the immediate surroundings as in a trance. This is just the first state and it is what most people achieve however, there are states that can be even calmer and more relaxing.
Among several religions, meditation is a very important spiritual practice, which includes Jewish, Sufism and Christian mystical tradition. Buddhism uses the technique to control one’s mind and to draw within oneself in an endeavor to attain enlightenment. This can be practiced in any posture: squatting, standing, walking or lying down, while the sitting or squatting position or ‘zazen’ is the most widely recommended posture.
In relationship to meditating, there are several psychological and physical benefits that have been documented, several of them arising out of a research project that was conducted by Professor Herbert Benson at the Harvard Medical School. Just twenty minutes is enough to make a visible difference in controlling your blood pressure, your heart and breathing rate and you metabolism. If you are fortunate enough to reach deep states you will start seeing psychedelic colors, mental imagery and also hear your internal voice. Studies have demonstrated that meditation can aid in relieving stress, anxiety, migraine and headaches, depression, insomnia, fatigue and chronic pain.
As this practice leads to happier, healthier and greater self-awareness, other advantages begin to ensue including, higher intuition, enhanced mental functioning, and access to unconscious abilities and resources.
While traditionally meditation was a tool to get you to a higher spiritual level, today it is also used to help you manage the stresses and tension that are a part and parcel of the modern lifestyle. Overall, the combination of yoga classes and daily meditation is going to bring you a lot closer to a life that is completely free of stress.