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Meditation: Benefits of Meditation

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Which benefits of meditation do you need right now – peace of mind, a calm heart, easier breathing, less pain, a fresh perspective or renewed control of fragile emotions? Just a coffee break’s worth of breathing can lighten your load and reverse the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual effects of stress. Come with me now and let’s explore this together.

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Physical Benefits of Meditation

According to the Mayo Clinic, meditation can prove helpful in alleviating symptoms related to:

  • Anxiety
  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Chronic pain
  • Depression
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Sleep problems
  • Tension headaches

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Emotional Benefits of Meditation

In Beth Shaw’s book, Yoga Fit, excerpted by Human Kinetics, meditation can lead to:

  • Reduced anxiety and depression
  • Better decisions and critical thinking
  • More self control over thoughts
  • Peace from centering in the present moment, versus past of future

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Mental Benefits of Meditation

The Medical Daily states that meditation is like exercise for your brain, with results including:

  • Improved memory, self esteem and empathy
  • Altered gray matter, which helps process information and deliver nutrients and energy to neurons

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Spiritual Benefits of Meditation

The Brainwave Research Institute shares that many seek out meditation for:

  • Relief from life stress
  • Inner peace
  • Deeper spiritual connection
  • Understanding of one’s true essence
  • Silent mind
  • Pure bliss

Well, that’s the scientific evidence. Time to see what my friends have to say about the benefits of meditation, starting with the numbers:

  • 100% reported rest, relaxation or stress relief as a result of meditation.
  • 40% said they meditate for focus and clarity.

Now let’s dig a little deeper and explore their individual experiences.

Lesfic author Elle Hyden says her practice of meditation helps her “let go of the outer world.” Reviewer Ameliah Faith agrees, “the outside world melts away.”

Boston-based author LJ Cohen and artist Jennifer Lynn Mattka both utilize meditation beforehand to enhance their creativity.

Oregon editor and Reiki Master Toni Rakestraw seeks out meditation for “insight into who I am and becoming one with everything.”

Dance teacher Jan Floyd, also a Reiki Master and ordained minister, reports her stress, sleep and health issues have faded into distant memories. “Now I meditate to increase my vibes, improve productivity and remain in receptive mode. Ya never know when great things are coming your way!”

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Mary, another kindred spirit in the adventure department, uses meditation benefits “to travel into the past to seek out information about former lives, and further answers from the astral plane for self and others.”

What benefits of meditation do I seek and receive? For starters, the rest, relaxation and stress relief, quiet mind, focus and clarity all happen for me. I’ve done many forms of meditation for anxiety, sleep, pain and past life research.

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I’ve also used it to significantly lower my blood pressure before physical exams. But shhh – don’t tell my doctor!

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The astral travel bit I kinda stumbled into. I’ve also meditated to find out what happened to lost pets and help distant friends with their health.

One night in Hot Springs, AR, after a Full Moon Drumming (and dancing) double session atop the Golden Leaves Bookstore, it felt like I floated to the car and my entire being buzzed for hours.

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What benefits of meditation have you experienced?

NEXT: Meditation for Beginners

Belinda Y. Hughes is a lifestyle coach and freelance writer. She is a Certified Yoga Teacher (CYT) and retired Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT). Her vegetarian cookbook, Confessions of a Red Hot Veggie Lover 2, has made the Amazon Top 100 a few times.

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REIKI: Sleep (Jan Floyd)

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Whether it’s helping you get to sleep, stay asleep or get a better night’s sleep, Reiki is definitely worth trying.  Reiki (pronounced Ray-kee) is Japanese for Universal Life Force Energy or Spiritually Guided Energy.  Reiki works off of the principle that energy is running through everyone and everything at all times.  This energy is what binds all living things together, like a network.  Reiki is an ancient form of healing which uses both laying on of hands and floating hands techniques, through which the life force energy flows.  Reiki balances the subtle energies within us which allows the body to heal.  Think of a Reiki Master or practitioner as a conduit for this energy, like a straw, if you will.  The energy flows from the Universe through them to the recipient. It does not originate in the practitioners themselves.

Reiki is widely known for its wondrous effects, not only on recipients, but also on practitioners.  Reiki is great for numerous concerns, such as pregnancy, premature birth, miscarriage, infertility, menopause, obesity, eating disorders, grief, stress, depression, shingles, IBS, burns, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, seizures, stroke, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, addiction, headaches, sprains, back pain, anger, anxiety, PTSD, auto accident injuries, post-operative recovery and almost anything else you can think of.  Reiki is particularly beneficial in addressing insomnia.  The healing energy of Reiki is reported to have a soothing and calming effect for insomnia sufferers.

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Reiki is divided into three levels of practitioners: I, II and Reiki Master.  Reiki sessions can last anywhere from a few minutes up to an hour and can even be done remotely.  The Reiki principles that energy is always in constant flow and binding all living things together allows for successful distance sessions.  This means that the Reiki practitioner does not have to be in the same location as the person receiving Reiki.

Self-care with Reiki is wonderful as you could practice Reiki anytime you wish.  There are several benefits to this. Sleepless nights are a great place to start.  Subtle energies flow to exactly where they are needed, in the quantity, frequency and format that are required.

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Both the Reiki treatment sessions and practitioner trainings are referred to as “attunements.”  This process is similar to tuning in a radio station on an old fashioned radio dial.  There is a process in which the Reiki Master attunes or aligns you to this energy.  This process is combined with a short course or class so that you can learn how to tap into this energy.

Practicing self Reiki in the evenings before going to sleep is a wonderful way to end the day and promote a more restful night’s sleep.  Many people report feeling a sensation similar to a warm blanket when receiving or practicing self Reiki just prior to going to sleep.  Reiki is so effective that according to Veterans Today, in 2009 the United States Army implemented a four million dollar program to study the efficacy of alternative therapies for veterans suffering from PTSD and insomnia. Reiki was included in that study.

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The 5 Reiki Principles 

Just for today I will not anger.

Just for today I will not worry.

Just fot today I will be grateful for all my blessings.

Just for today I will work with honesty and integrity.

Just for today I will be kind to all living beings.

These are good principles to live by even if you are not familiar with Reiki. For more information on Reiki treatments and trainings, contact Jan Floyd HWP, RM, CHt.

Resource: Alli Dahlhaus, aka Dharmadevi

 Jan Floyd

Jan Floyd HWP, RM, CHt is a Holistic Wellness Practitioner, Reiki Master and Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist based in the Baton Rouge, LA area. She is a Southwest Institute of Healing Arts (SWIHA) alumna with certificates of excellence in Holistic Nutrition, Transpersonal Hypnotherapy and Life Coaching. Additional areas of concentration include Homeopathy, Aromatherapy, and Flower Essences. Jan is available for private and group consultations, trainings, demonstrations, booths, speaking engagements, guest posts, interviews and networking opportunities.
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EDITOR’S NOTE: Please disregard both notations of Author – Belinda Y. Hughes. The above, Hypnotherapy: Chronic Pain Management, is a guest post written by Jan Floyd at my invitation. I changed my position on this post to Administrator in WordPress’ Users menu, buy it didn’t publish correctly. – BYH