Meditation: A Path To Inner Peace
Updated: Mar 8
Throughout history, meditation has been an integral part of many cultures. Many historians believe that meditation was practiced in ancient Greece and India more than 5,000 years ago. In the Buddhist religion, meditation is an important part of their spiritual practice. Different forms of meditation are practiced throughout the world and through various religions. The word meditation comes from the Latin word meditatum which means ‘to ponder’. However, meditation is not just used for relaxation. Brain imaging studies have also shown that meditation has the ability to induce an altered state of consciousness.
Meditation is one of the proven alternative therapies that in recent years have been classified under mind-body medicine therapies. Other mind-body medicine therapies include things such as breathing techniques, yoga, and tai chi. Meditation is continuing to gain popularity, as more and more health experts believe that there is more to the connection between mind and body than modern medicine can explain. According to researchers, meditation has been shown to aid the immune system and improve brain activity, including increasing gray matter within our brains. More and more doctors are prescribing meditation as a way to lower blood pressure, to improve exercise performance, to help people with asthma to breathe easier, to relieve insomnia, and generally relax everyday stresses of life. Many hospitals now offer meditation classes for their patients because of the health benefits.
Traditionally, meditation has been used for spiritual growth, but more recently has become a valuable tool for managing stress and finding a place of peace, relaxation, and tranquility in a demanding fast-paced world. Benefits resulting from meditation include: physical and emotional healing; easing stress, anxiety, fear, and grief; improved breathing; developing intuition; deep relaxation; exploring higher realities; finding inner guidance; unlocking creativity; manifesting change; emotional cleansing and balancing; and deepening concentration and insight. Meditation elicits many descriptive terms: stillness, silence, tranquility, peace, quiet, and calm. Meditation is an opportunity to learn more about ourselves in a safe, simple way and to balance our emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual well-being.
If you are ready to explore the many benefits of meditation, I would encourage you to sign up for one of our guided meditation classes. If you would like personalized help to create a meditation routine or to see how working with a meditation coach can benefit you, please feel free to book your Discovery Call now.
Liza Powers | Certified Meditation Coach & Facilitator
The Powers Within LLC | www.thepowerswithin.com