Meditation, although confused and misconstrued into various meanings, is simply an umbrella term for the different forms of being in a relaxed state. There are numerous ways in which you can practice the various types of meditation and relaxation techniques. They all share the most important goals of attaining inner peace and the calming of one’s mind. People have many false impressions about meditating. The beliefs like needing an empty mind, having to sit in a lotus position or needing to be in a silent place are all false. There is a false belief that people need to be sitting in a certain position while being inactive in order to meditate. However, the truth is that you could be running on a treadmill or driving while meditating.
Meditation is an experience not an end result nor a definitive process. That is to say that no meditation is right or wrong. Furthermore, the experience of meditation is exceptional and exclusive to each individual. Meditation gives you the ability to empty your mind of every single thought even if you are doing something else. In fact when in the chiropractor’s office or in yoga class they tell you to place yourself in certain positions in order to meditate. You can meditate anywhere and anytime you choose. Once you have learnt to meditate, you will be always happy and at peace. You will You will be connected to God, which ever divine power you believe in, but you will remain in the world doing your earthly tasks. Whether you are eating, talking or listening to music, once you are able to clear the thoughts from your head you will reach a state of meditation.
Forms of Meditation:
- Guided meditation
- Mantra meditation and Zen meditation are part of concentration meditation
- Mindfulness meditation and Vipassana Meditation are part of Insight Meditation
- Chi Neng, Qi gong and Tai chi are meditations you can practice while being in motion
- Transcendental meditation
Ways to Practice Meditation:
- Learn to take very deep breathes
- Take the time to dig deep and examine within
- Reiterate a mantra
- Practice saying prayer
- Read and reflect
- Focus on loving and showing gratitude
Benefits of Meditation:
The main goal of meditating is to gain a sense of calmness, peace and balance that benefits both your emotional well-being and your overall health. People seem to think that only during meditation you reap these benefits. Contrarily, the benefits of meditation will be continuous throughout the day.
If you continuously practice mediation then you will be able to control your mind and then your lifestyle will be rid or not focused on negativity. This is known as a nirvana when you are liberated and experience inner peace. External circumstances control our mood but in meditation we learn to control our own mind and also our moods. We have a huge problem with stress which causes a lot of problems with our mood and even affects our health. Meditation helps you control your stress levels and so your emotional well-being is improved through it. The emotional benefits of meditation range from having a new approach to stress in your life to being more aware of your negative emotions and learning to deal with them.
Another benefit to meditation is how it helps with illnesses. Do you have a medical condition which is brought on or worsened by stress? Although science has not accredited that this is 100% possible, meditation can help you. Allergies, problems with anxiety, asthma, depression, heart disease, high blood pressure, insomnia and many other health related problems can be helped by meditating. We let our hectic lifestyles take over but by just taking ten or fifteen minutes to meditate, the minutes would seem to be much more in our life because our mind gets settled and more relaxed. This in turn allows us to get more done in the day with less stress.
Meditation is a very powerful and easy way to balance our life and body. It allows us to gain only peace so whatever happens around us would not hinder us from being positive. The more you meditate, the greater strength you would have in showing others compassion, love and peace. The earthly world would not distract you from your connection within you, your soul will be free and happy. This in turn will let you see only positivity and your light will shine bright no matter the circumstances.
How Does Meditation Help with Dreaming?
Although it is not certain how meditation and dreaming influences the brain, it is somewhat obvious that these states use parts of the same system as normal consciousness in the brain. The self awareness you gain from mediation will be obvious in all mental states. These systems could all operate together and as meditation helps you clear your mind and be at peace, it allows your unconscious to act in a state of nirvana, like it does with your conscious state. This will in turn help connect with your dreams and remember them when you wake up. Meditation helps you to understand your own mind. This is why when you meditate before bed it even helps you more, in particular with lucid dreaming.
When you meditate in order to allow your dreams to flow properly you get all the benefits of the dreams. Meditation helps increase visualization in different states of consciousness and in both the Mnemonic Induction of lucid dreaming and wake induced lucid dreaming to be formed. There have been scientific studies which have proved that there is a link between meditation and lucid dreaming. If you understand dreaming and mediation and practice them, they both assist you in becoming more self aware and reflective. Being aware and able to go deep into thought makes you better with dream recall and visualization.
Meditation will slow your brainwaves into ranges into which are heavily associated with dreams and heightened creativity. It makes it easier to trigger a relaxed and creative state but it is dependent on how deep of a trance you get into with meditation while keeping a conscious state. This is because the relaxation your mind experiences after meditation allows you to tap into lower brain waves.
The things we see and do right before sleep plays a major part in dreaming. Therefore if you focus your attention of meditating before falling asleep it will relax the mind and influence your dreaming even more. The skills of mediation will help maintain concentration which is an important role in dreams.
All in all, any form of meditation allows you to access deep levels of awareness which with dreaming. Meditation is a lot like day dreaming but you only focus on the end result of your dream while you are in control in the state of meditation and only focus on peace. If you practice meditating regularly, you will reap a lot of benefits and it will increase your dream awareness and help you have more lucid dreams.