Mastering Meditation contains meditations for recalling past and future life memories.
Did you ever want to try meditation but didn’t know what type of meditation to use? Or maybe you didn’t know there were different types of meditations? Well, there are and Mastering Meditation explains them and offers examples of each type of meditation technique.
Do you want to relax? Or are you looking for help or guidance? Try some of the different meditations from the book, and see which of them works for you. Do you wonder what types of lives you might have lived previously, or what lives you might live in the future? Using the regression and progression meditation techniques included in the book can help you find out. The book also contains some examples of past and future life memories.
Meditation is a practice that first appeared in the Asian culture. However, it was soon adopted by many other cultures and nations around the world. Different types of meditation have become popularized throughout history, with each type of meditation having a unique goal and purpose. Tantric meditation—meaning to stretch oneself and one’s mind—became an integral part of Taoism, Buddhism, and several forms of Sufism.
Primarily, meditation is a way to clear the mind and focus your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual energy toward a specific purpose. That purpose might be anything from improved health, to conquering your enemies.
There are cultures that incorporate a form of meditation into their various religions. Most Western religions refer to it as prayer, but the concept is similar—to still the mind so that an answer can be heard, or to still the mind and allow the body, mind, or spirit to heal itself. In fact, some cultures consider meditation a complementary form of healing, since it can help individuals produce a healing state physically, emotionally, and mentally.
Benefits of Meditation
Meditation can help you get and maintain a healthy mind, body, and spirit by creating a more positive mental outlook and improved breathing, circulation, and posture, as well as providing an overall shift in awareness and perception.
Meditation can give you a sense of calming peace and balance that benefits both your emotional well-being and your overall health. And best of all, these benefits don’t end when your meditation session ends. Meditation can help you maintain your calm throughout your day.
Some of the emotional benefits of meditation can include:
- A new perspective on a troublesome issue or situation
- The release of bad habits
- Heightened sense of self
- Increased awareness of others
- Improved emotional balance
Meditation might also be useful if you have a medical condition, especially one that may be worsened by stress. Scientific experiments have shown various advantages attainable during meditation including:
- Improved metabolism
- Increased immunity
- Improved circulation and lower blood pressure
- Stress reduction
- Increased mental acuity and memory function
- Heightened creativity
- Improved motor skills
The Science of Meditation
Daily or even weekly meditation can change the way your brain works. The cells and neurons in the brain are constantly making new connections and disrupting old ones based on response to stimuli, a quality that researchers call experience-based neuroplasticity. This affects the neural circuits of the brain, which in turn affects how we respond to situations. It also affects the actual structure of our brains—thickening some areas and making others less dense.
“Think of the end of a neuron as a hand, with thousands of fingers,” said Dr. Sara Lazar, a neuroscientist at Massachusetts General Hospital who studies mindfulness meditation. “The number of fingers relates to the number of interconnections between neurons and that number can change—one reason it can change is due to stress.”
For much of the last century, scientists believed that the brain essentially stopped changing after adulthood; however, research has shown that sustained meditation aids the brain’s ability to change structurally and functionally on the basis of environmental input. University of Wisconsin neuroscientist, Richard Davidson, has shown that experienced meditators exhibit high levels of gamma wave activity. Even after the meditation session, frequent meditators are able to control their thoughts and reactions to adverse and stressful situations.
A 2005 study on American men and women who meditated only 40 minutes a day showed that they had thicker cortical walls than non-meditators. This means that their brains were aging at a slower rate. Cortical thickness is also associated with decision making, attention and memory.
In a 2006 study, college students were given a choice to sleep, meditate, or watch TV. These students were then tested on their alertness by being asked to hit a button every time a light flashed on a screen. Those who chose to meditate did 10% better than those who chose to nap or watch TV.
In 2008, Dr. Randy Zusman, a doctor at the Massachusetts General Hospital, asked patients with high blood pressure but who were not using medication to correct the problem, to try a meditation-based relaxation program. After meditating regularly for three months, 40 of the 60 patients showed significant drops in blood pressure levels.
There are still studies being done on the benefits and long-term effects of meditating, as well as on the different effects of the various forms of meditation. However, it is enough to know that both medical and scientific experts agree that meditation is a valid complement to Western medicine, offering physical, mental, and emotional benefits to all who practice it.