Cure yourself by meditation

Many people today suffer from chronic diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure diabetes, and depression. Many have problems such as back pain due to genetics or an accident. Despite state of the art medical care, these problems persist. It may be time for many individuals to become proactive in their medical care and try to heal themselves with meditation. This does not mean giving up your traditional health care routine. Most physicians recognize the many benefits to alternative, or complementary, health care and advise their patient to take part. There are many forms of meditation to practice and you should get information regarding several, and even try an introductory class, to decide which is the right one for you. Many breathing and meditation techniques have been shown to alter bodily functions such as blood pressure, adrenaline levels, heart rate, and reduce pain. Many forms of meditation such as yoga, tai chi, and qigong are rooted in Oriental philosophy and most employ deep breathing and controlled movement. Deep breathing therapy involves concentrating on the mechanism of breathing in order to relax the body and calm the mind, and is often performed in tandem with meditation, a process of clearing the mind of everyday thoughts, which reduces stress and elevates the mood.

Deep breathing meditation originated in Buddhism. It is a technique wherein the mediator learns to place attention on the flow of the breath in and out of the body. The attention is focused upon what is being experienced, without responding to the experience.
Transcendental Meditation (TM) arose from the Vedic tradition in India. This form meditation uses repetition of a word or sound (mantra) to prevent distractions from entering the mind.

Yoga is a mind and body approach to meditation that integrates deep breathing with stretching exercises. The exercise and breathing combination is a form of meditation when performed correctly. Yoga positions involve stretching and relaxing the muscles, while regulating the breathing. Yoga is a form of body work that often reduces pain by restructuring and relaxing the muscles, oxygenating the system and calming the mind.

Meditation has been shown to induce some changes in the body, especially the adrenal response. This is the system that automatically regulates many involuntary bodily functions such as the heartbeat, blood pressure, sweating, breathing, and digestion. It is thought that by concentrating upon and controlling breathing, one of the elements of this system, the mediator gains access to the other elements. In this way, when he or she lowers their rate of breathing, the other functions such as heart rate and blood pressure follow suit.

While not as exotic as an Eastern philosophy, maintaining an optimistic attitude and an open mind can be a form of meditation. Perform a daily routine of reflecting upon the positive elements in your life and dwell on them, instead of what is wrong. Research has demonstrated again and again that one of the most important factors in the success rate of treating patients with chronic disease is their ability to maintain an attitude, which nearly always improves their condition.

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