Meditation is practised by a wide cross section of the population. Psychologists, doctors, naturopaths and other health practitioners frequently prescribe it to individuals who are suffering from anxiety, insomnia and psychosomatic illness.
Studies conducted in the 1980's and 90's found that meditation enhances aspects of immune functioning, and for this reason it has become popular for people with stress-related illness, chronic fatigue syndrome and cancer. In addition, people with heart disease often use it as a way of reducing blood pressure and keeping a lid on stress.
Three golden rules for meditation andrelaxation
- Maintain a passive attitude during meditation – don't try to 'make it happen'. Meditation is a process of letting go – the harder you try the more elusive it becomes.
- Set a regular time and place for your meditation and practice for at least 15 minutes each day. Think of it as your own special time, rather than something to be squeezed in whenever you get the chance.
- Meditate sitting upright in a chair or armchair. Lying down may feel more comfortable but it makes it more difficult to focus your mind and increases your likelihood of falling asleep.
What is it good for?
Meditation is great for treating stress, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, insomnia and heart disease.
Beaming with Health
For more information, take a look through "Help Yourself: an A-Z of natural cures for common complaints" by Mim Beim and Jan Castorina. It's published by Doubleday and is available through all good bookstores.