Meditation is acknowledged by many traditions such as Buddhist and Indian Traditions as a key to obtaining access to and development of the inner self. It is still seen by some as a New Age practice but for many the benefits of meditation are now seen to play a large part in finding our inner self.
Much research has been done with regard to meditation and it is now often incorporated to help clients with anxiety, helping clients to recognise their thought patterns and to change thoughts in order for this to change client feelings which then affect their behaviour.
During the 19th century Japan opened its doors to the West and the steady influence of meditation turned into a flood and many people turned to these Eastern traditions to find a different way of life. From this a modern western style of meditation developed.
Soon it became recognised that meditation could help with the physical as well as the inner self and moved away from its religious basis. For example it can help people cope with everyday life for example; fear of flying, visiting the dentist, public speaking, interviews, etc., by finding a quiet moment to still the mind using breathing and relaxation techniques what would otherwise be a very stressful and anxiety provoking time can become less fearful.
Practiced regularly it can be beneficial in improving our quality of life and health. If we are more relaxed and less stressful we can cope better with the challenges of life. Many hours are lost in commerce and industry due to stress. In small quantities stress can make us more decisive and energetic but prolonged high levels of stress can be dramatic and damaging leading to high blood pressure and risk of heart attack and other mental health problems such as depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, eating disorders and phobias.
With training and practice we can incorporate meditation into our daily lives and enable our lives to become more positive and healthy. The mind, I believe is the strongest force in the universe and by using meditation to exercise the mind, in the same way that we do physical exercise, can have beneficial effects on our wellbeing.
When the mind works in harmony with the physical self our life can be changed to be more positive and less stressful.
Using basic meditation skills regularly can change brain wave patterns and lower blood pressure. Used regularly the pulse rate and blood pressure can be lowered.