Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Meditation Aids In Relaxation, Improvement Of Mental, Physical Health
However, in the U.S., it is not practiced as a religious exercise — but more of a tool for relaxation and improvement of physical and mental health.
I remember the first time I meditated in a high school gym class. We laid down on the wrestling mats listening to the sounds of nature playing from a stereo, and the teacher instructed us to focus on relaxing our bodies, starting from our feet and moving upward. By the end of the meditation lesson, I was almost asleep I was so relaxed.
Meditation, though, is primarily used in religions like Buddhism and Hinduism. I am not well versed in the religion of Buddhism; however, I do know the Buddha used meditation to achieve enlightenment.
When studying world religions as a sophomore in college, I watched a documentary about the lives, routines and rituals they had, and the philosophies and beliefs of Buddhist monks.
Often, these monks would meditate for hours at a time and would sometimes meditate for several days — not eating, not sleeping, not interacting with anyone else. They experienced complete oneness with meditation, their bodies and their spirituality.
I was amazed by some of the stories about monks who would stay in these long-lasting periods of deep meditation. (MORE)