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Meditation Mental Health

If you regularly practice meditation mental health problems should never be an issue for you. Through meditation mental health as well as physical well being is enhanced.
Years ago, in order to link meditation and mental health problems together, one would have to tread extremely carefully, as to the safety and effects meditating might have on an individual with mental health trouble. Research however, has since scientifically proven that meditation, by way of deliberation and contemplation, is one of the safest practices in complementary and alternative medicine. Its countless values have become acknowledged and practiced for thousands of years; as a result more and more doctors are now found to be promoting the benefits of meditation to cure many stress related illnesses.

While there are many methods of meditation used to treat mental health problems, some  differ greatly. Some require a person to close their eyes and be still, giving deliberation to the sensations felt associated with breathing, while others involve focusing on a particular object, such as the flame of a candle, or perhaps slowly reciting scripture passages. Regardless of the different techniques practiced, all hold to the unique principal of quiet thought and focused attention in order to reach the desired state of rumination. Yoga postures are also often combined with several of the meditation techniques, “moving meditation”, such as tai chi, bringing immense practical benefit to those who practice. 

During your time of deliberation and reflection, you will gradually start noticing a heightened awareness of your ability to focus your attention, resulting in the ordinary flow of thought slowing to a very calming and relaxed state of contemplation. With enough practice, you may also experience periods in meditation where thought seems to stop. Buddhists call this state "Samadhi," meaning an altered state of consciousness, marked by both deep relaxation and heightened alertness.

Mental Health V’s Meditation !

Many psychotherapists now practice cognitive therapy, based on western medical tradition. Figuratively speaking, it is said that irrational beliefs promote depression, anxiety, obsessions, stress and other disorders relating to the mental health of a person. The influence these negative and damaging thoughts and beliefs have on our mental health only emphasise the immense power of the mind. Indeed not only the mind will be affected, so too will the physical body. Cognitive therapists encourage their patients to question their negative and irrational thoughts, giving deliberation, thus replacing “bad” thoughts with “good” thoughts. In my opinion, this is fine and certainly a step forward from negative thinking being in such control over the individual. However the constant chatter remains, and constantly needs addressing.

As an approach to mental health, meditation is distinctly dissimilar from this form of therapy. Meditation does not focus on replacing "bad" thoughts with "good". Instead, offering respite from the monologue that is normally present. You will quickly realize during meditation sessions, how certain thoughts may add to your sense of suffering. Instead of resisting such thoughts or having to alter them you can simply notice them and let them go.

If meditation to benefit mental health is of serious consideration to you, please be aware, that despite the proven beneficial results attained through meditating, there are many mental health disorders, all of which are extremely diverse and are at various levels. Those suffering from acute panic attacks or who are always extremely anxious should first consult their doctor. The reason for this is that, meditation may in fact heighten their anxiety initially. People who suffer from schizophrenia or any other forms of psychosis should also consult a doctor, being introduced instead to some of the extremely beneficial yoga postures. That being said, meditation is being practiced by people with this condition, as long as the individual is emotionally stable.

As an approach to mental health, is meditation worth some serious consideration? In my well researched opinion, most definitely!

Research will cost you nothing and the benefits on offer may really surprise you.

By Kiks

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