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Meditation and wellbeing
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What are the six steps to meditating
1. Begin by choosing something to think about (this is known as a mantra) which you will repeat to yourself during meditation. An example of which would be Love, Peace or So Ham pronounced 'so-hum' in English (literal translation being 'I am he/ that') is a commonly used Hindu mantra. A mantra is used to focus your attention on. For people with English as their native language, using this mind mantra can be very helpful as it allows for no additional thought to manifest.
2. Sit comfortably, it is important to be as upright as possible whilst remaining comfortable. As if you are slanted it is easy for most people to fall asleep.
3. Close your eyes and breathe normally, take two or three 'cleansing breaths' (slowly through the nose and out the mouth) which will help to calm you and centre your mind.
4. Repeat the mantra in you head without the use of your tongue or lips, it can but doesn't have to correlate with your breathing. Let it be gentle, do not force it.
5. Allow thoughts to enter your mind, don't attempt to empty your mind. As your mind naturally wanders do not try to stop your thoughts, just calmly return to the mantra.
6. Stop repeating the mantra after around half an hour and begin to breathe deeply before gently opening your eyes.
What are the main forms of meditation
Transcendental, Heart rhythm meditation, Kundalini, Guided visualisation, Qi gong, Zazen, Mindfulness
Where was the first reference to meditation?
What other religious forms of meditation other than buddhism have appeared?
Christian, muslim, jewish
Who brought meditation to the western world?
What does meditation grow?
The cerebral cortex of the brain
What can meditation help to improve?
Improved cognitive, emotional and immune responses can be tied to the growth of the brain
'one who is awake'
So - hum (hindu mantra)
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