Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Do-It Yourself Meditation

In our society of “must-see” and ”must-have,” it’s hard to imagine taking the time to contemplate what we see and acquire. Fast and furious, we move from one trend to the next, never reflecting upon why we wanted something in the first place. This high-paced, mass-consumption lifestyle we’ve carved for ourselves has given way to real health concerns now facing a majority of people. Our hearts race, our weight increases, our anxiety attacks and we don’t have time for a fix that takes longer than the swallow of a pill. What else can we do?
Meditation has existed for over 5,000 years, as an intellectual exercise. Its goal is self-awareness. Once thought to be linked to religion, modern-day science has embraced this practice as a method of stress relief, arthritis, chronic pain and a variety of other conditions. While many methods of meditation exist, one thing connects them all: deep breathing. Deep breathing provides our bodies with an abundance of oxygen, a necessity to all living organisms. Humans can’t even go more than a few minutes without this vital element. (MORE)

Source: Conducive Chronicle

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