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Incorporating the Ancient Practice of Meditation into Daily Life

A growing number of people are being managed medically for mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression. A lot of people are also diagnosed with mental problem. This is often attributed to the changing world in which we live in. Many people are looking for ways to deal with mounting stress that characterizes modern living. Because of overwork and the demands of a fast-paced lifestyle, millions of people are now suffering from the deleterious effects of stress, and millions are unaware that they are already reaching the verge of a nervous breakdown. According to studies, millions of people are also suffering for mental illness that is hard to cure and up to now they are still finding ways to treat it.  Some experts would recommend some drugs that would lessen the symptoms. However there are many of those sufferers who do realize that they need help are keen on finding methods of dealing with stress that does not involve taking medication. Fortunately, for them meditation offers an effective alternative approach to help them be rid of their affliction and gain a new and better outlook. 

There are numerous meditation techniques and these approaches, particularly the one embraced by Western cultures have spread to millions of folks worldwide. The secularization of meditation has increased the numbers of those practicing it exponentially. Today, millions of people around the world are engaging in daily meditation or undergoing training for a particular discipline and all of them are benefiting from this ancient practice. They also used this as a form of curing some mental issues mentioned above.

Many practitioners of meditation are aware that modern practices are mostly based on two major religions, which are Hinduism and Buddhism. They also know that ancient Eastern cultures were the originators of the tenets that directly influenced the current flow and structure of the many different meditation techniques known to modern societies. However, they are largely unaware that meditation is believed to have existed for five thousand years, as shown by Hindu texts and cave drawings discovered in the Indus Valley in the early part of the last century. Evidently, man has been seeking stillness and enlightenment from the chaos of his own mind even when life was much simpler. This will simply help them a lot in the future as well.

Once the decision has been made to incorporate meditation into one’s daily routine, this person is making the first step towards peace of mind and happiness, leaving behind frustration, anger, and impatience. These negative emotions pile up to lead eventually to health issues, not only mentally but also physically. Moreover, a person who harbors negative and chaotic thoughts is also spiritually wanting. Meditation is a great help to busybodies who are always in a hurry to get things done just because in their minds there is not enough time to finish everything. 

Meditation helps develop a mind that is balanced, calm, and quiet and able to function more efficiently and reasonably. In addition, a person who meditates is given a unique glimpse at the workings of his own mind. A person who meditates is apt to discover how disturbing thoughts are developed and nurtured so that these behaviors can already be abandoned. In this way, the mind can be transformed and changed such that it possesses a trait known as “focused attention”. This change is necessary so that the mind is freed from worry and distractions. Incorporating meditative practice into the daily routine is not difficult at all, and worth the 10 to 15 minutes that is regularly allotted to it. 

Sarab Sandhu


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