Meditation is one form which makes up a total health care system known as traditional Chinese medicine and is a form which has been practiced for thousands of years. Meditation is a form of therapy more than medicine but it has many medicinal values when helping with a variety of problems and illnesses and is one form which has gained in popularity throughout the last few years.

What does meditation involve?

Meditation is a relatively simple form to learn and to perform and anyone of any age can quickly learn and reap the benefits that is has to offer, it has many forms with the simplest of these relying on focusing on something with the intention of making all other thoughts and feelings leave the mind.

One of the most widely used practices feature focusing the mind on the breath, this is usually achieved by counting the breathing pattern and focusing on how the breath feels as it enters through the nostrils and as it leaves through the mouth.

By focusing in this way on one particular point, the mind comes to rest and when the mind comes to rest then so does the body. When the body is at rest it is at peace and so the mind and body becomes as one in total harmony.

Practicing meditation for a healthier lifestyle

Meditation should be a way of life, meaning that the more you put into practicing the easier it becomes to relax and the more benefits you will gain in your day-to-day living. There are many factors in day-to-day living that affect our health, throughout the day our mind and body becomes stressed and when we get stressed our body is depleted of its vital Qi energy and then symptoms and signs of illness start to show.

By spending as little as 15 minutes twice a day to take time out from our busy life we can replenish the mind, body and flow of Qi throughout our body and therefore ward off illness and disease.

What can I expect from meditation?

If you put in the time and have the commitment to practice meditation on a daily basis then you might eventually reach the point that the masters have longed for, enlightenment. This is a state of total peace, tranquillity and calm but it won’t be reached easily and you will have to dedicate time to learning the simple process of meditation.

There are no right and wrong feelings when meditating and everyone will have a different experience when meditating, some feel happy and overjoyed without knowing why while some feel an extreme sense of sadness and find that they cry.

All of these feelings are quite natural and you should let any feelings and thoughts come and go as they please without giving them any thought, whatever the thoughts or feelings may be they be shouldn’t be cause for concern.