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Meditation - "A mental discipline by which one attempts to get beyond the reflexive thinking mind into a deeper state of relaxation".

With that being said, true meditation is when the mind is silent but fully alert. A state of thoughtless awareness. Reducing activity of the mind without reducing the awareness. An awareness in stillness which brings about happiness, joy, inner peace, healing, well being, protection, and enlightenment. A profound deep peace occurs when we actually acheive a true state of meditation.

The benefits of meditation reach the body as well as the mind. These benefits are universal. It provides the opportunity to connect to your spiritual purpose, and higher self. This is where you can experience great insights and enlightenment.

Research shows that there are so many benefits from meditation. It lowers blood pressure, helps reduce and release tension and in turn decreases tension related pains like headaches, ulcers, muscles aches. It improves the immune system and increases energy. It has also been proven that meditation actually increases the gray matter (Brain tissue) of the brain increasing intellectual acuity, and life expectancy of the mind.

Meditation brings the brain wave pattern into an Alpha, Theta and hopefully Delta states (mostly Alpha, but the goal is Delta) which promotes healing. With regular meditation, it has been shown that anxiety decreases, creativity increases, intuition develops, you gain clarity, peace of mind, and gain focus.

There are five brain wave patterns, Beta, Alpha, Theta, Delta, and Gamma. The patterns (or frequencies) change to match the experiences you are going though. Driving, working, arguing, stress, anxiety, fight or flight mode, and other engaging activities set you in the Beta pattern.

Beta waves release the stress hormone, Cortisol, which when prolonged can cause ill effects, such as accelerating age, interference with memory, and slower learning congnitive function. Although cortisol is necessary, small bursts of this chemical is better. DHEA acts as a buffer to Cortisol, but as we age we have less and less of this hormone which makes us more suseptable to stress and disease.

Alpha brain wave patterns occur in the slow activity and relaxed stage, such as watching TV, reading, contemplation, or just before falling asleep. Human Growth Hormone, DHEA, Melatonin (known as the sleep hormone-a powerful antioxidant), is released in this phase. These hormones also decreases with age.

Theta brain wave patterns are usually during dreamstates, but are also related to moments of revelation and deep insight.

The Delta state is the slowest brain wave pattern. This occurs during deep, dreamless sleep. The brain releases good hormones during this frequency which are very beneficial and healing. These hormones are Serotonin and Human Growth Hormone, along with other healing hormones. Serotonin is a calming neurotransmitter in the brain and Human Growth Hormone increases brain function, makes you stonger, and more energetic and both prevent age related diseases.

Gamma waves have been debated and there isn't a extact scientific base. There is only experimental and simulated studies, so I will only say that the theory is that there is a synchronized firing of the neurons of the cognitive processes (such as memory and visual perception). So its actually a singularity of the conscious and sub-conscious, a synchonicity. If the wave stops then there is no conscious awareness.

There are many different types of meditation. Breathing meditation, Bahai faith meditation, Sahaja/Yoga, Buddism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islamic, Judaism, Sikhism, and Transcendental.

The most basic method is the Breathing Meditation. This is just as it says. Focusing on the breath. This is usually the first step to meditation, helping quiet the mind. I use this technique in the beginning of all my meditations, but can be used as a full meditation by itself.

Baha'i Faith Meditation is incorporating fasting into the practice. This form of meditation uses chanting in Arabic-God is Most Glorious. It is a faith based on "One World Religion".

Buddism uses Shamatha to reach a state of Nirvana (Delta), using chanting a mantra as well. They focus on an object such as the breathe or a flower, there is no goal, just concentration on the object of focus. Letting go of ambition even if that ambition is to meditate perfectly. Posture is very important in this type of meditation, for if the body is straight so are the channels and therefore the energies will flow freely, the throat should be slightly forward to reduce mental agitation, and the legs in a criss-crossed position (lotus position). To keep this position you join your hands together and hold them four finger-widths below the bellybutton.

Christianity uses the Rosary in prayer, which is a form of meditation. The prayers with rosary unites mental and vocal prayer. Prayer is speaking to God, while meditation is listening to God, (which can be true in all meditation, not just Rosary Prayers).

Hinduism uses Sahaja. This is the awakening of the Kundalini energy which is believed to be the supreme cosmic enlightening energy, once awakened we see that we are unlimited consciousness with unlimited potential of energy, creativity, and infinite knowledge-not egotisitcally, but spiritually. The Kundalini is described as a female serpant coiled three and a half times at the base of the spine sleeping and waiting for the energy to be awakened. If the Chakras are cleared of blocks then the Kundalini is awakened.

Transcendental Meditation uses sound, chants and mantras to reach restful alertness, reaching a true inner peace, a restful state of mind beyond thinking. It is said that with this practice you reach the meditative state in less time.

I use a mixture of these meditation styles. I focus on my breathing, especially when I have fleeting thoughts. I use chanting OM when I am doing Third Eye work to clear the Pineal Gland. I use visualization for protection and healing, and I definitely use Shaja to clear and cleanse the Chakras with the belief that there is a universal energy that needs to be awakened to reach enlightenment.

Most people find meditation daunting and time consuming, but it doesn't have to be. Any time given to daily meditation is beneficial. If you can only do ten minutes a day that's great as long as its consistant.

By Debbie FragettiMeditation - "A mental discipline by which one attempts to get beyond the reflexive thinking mind into a deeper state of relaxation".

With that being said, true meditation is when the mind is silent but fully alert. A state of thoughtless awareness. Reducing activity of the mind without reducing the awareness. An awareness in stillness which brings about happiness, joy, inner peace, healing, well being, protection, and enlightenment. A profound deep peace occurs when we actually acheive a true state of meditation.

The benefits of meditation reach the body as well as the mind. These benefits are universal. It provides the opportunity to connect to your spiritual purpose, and higher self. This is where you can experience great insights and enlightenment.

Research shows that there are so many benefits from meditation. It lowers blood pressure, helps reduce and release tension and in turn decreases tension related pains like headaches, ulcers, muscles aches. It improves the immune system and increases energy. It has also been proven that meditation actually increases the gray matter (Brain tissue) of the brain increasing intellectual acuity, and life expectancy of the mind.

Meditation brings the brain wave pattern into an Alpha, Theta and hopefully Delta states (mostly Alpha, but the goal is Delta) which promotes healing. With regular meditation, it has been shown that anxiety decreases, creativity increases, intuition develops, you gain clarity, peace of mind, and gain focus.

There are five brain wave patterns, Beta, Alpha, Theta, Delta, and Gamma. The patterns (or frequencies) change to match the experiences you are going though. Driving, working, arguing, stress, anxiety, fight or flight mode, and other engaging activities set you in the Beta pattern.

Beta waves release the stress hormone, Cortisol, which when prolonged can cause ill effects, such as accelerating age, interference with memory, and slower learning congnitive function. Although cortisol is necessary, small bursts of this chemical is better. DHEA acts as a buffer to Cortisol, but as we age we have less and less of this hormone which makes us more suseptable to stress and disease.

Alpha brain wave patterns occur in the slow activity and relaxed stage, such as watching TV, reading, contemplation, or just before falling asleep. Human Growth Hormone, DHEA, Melatonin (known as the sleep hormone-a powerful antioxidant), is released in this phase. These hormones also decreases with age.

Theta brain wave patterns are usually during dreamstates, but are also related to moments of revelation and deep insight.

The Delta state is the slowest brain wave pattern. This occurs during deep, dreamless sleep. The brain releases good hormones during this frequency which are very beneficial and healing. These hormones are Serotonin and Human Growth Hormone, along with other healing hormones. Serotonin is a calming neurotransmitter in the brain and Human Growth Hormone increases brain function, makes you stonger, and more energetic and both prevent age related diseases.

Gamma waves have been debated and there isn't a extact scientific base. There is only experimental and simulated studies, so I will only say that the theory is that there is a synchronized firing of the neurons of the cognitive processes (such as memory and visual perception). So its actually a singularity of the conscious and sub-conscious, a synchonicity. If the wave stops then there is no conscious awareness.

There are many different types of meditation. Breathing meditation, Bahai faith meditation, Sahaja/Yoga, Buddism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islamic, Judaism, Sikhism, and Transcendental.

The most basic method is the Breathing Meditation. This is just as it says. Focusing on the breath. This is usually the first step to meditation, helping quiet the mind. I use this technique in the beginning of all my meditations, but can be used as a full meditation by itself.

Baha'i Faith Meditation is incorporating fasting into the practice. This form of meditation uses chanting in Arabic-God is Most Glorious. It is a faith based on "One World Religion".

Buddism uses Shamatha to reach a state of Nirvana (Delta), using chanting a mantra as well. They focus on an object such as the breathe or a flower, there is no goal, just concentration on the object of focus. Letting go of ambition even if that ambition is to meditate perfectly. Posture is very important in this type of meditation, for if the body is straight so are the channels and therefore the energies will flow freely, the throat should be slightly forward to reduce mental agitation, and the legs in a criss-crossed position (lotus position). To keep this position you join your hands together and hold them four finger-widths below the bellybutton.

Christianity uses the Rosary in prayer, which is a form of meditation. The prayers with rosary unites mental and vocal prayer. Prayer is speaking to God, while meditation is listening to God, (which can be true in all meditation, not just Rosary Prayers).

Hinduism uses Sahaja. This is the awakening of the Kundalini energy which is believed to be the supreme cosmic enlightening energy, once awakened we see that we are unlimited consciousness with unlimited potential of energy, creativity, and infinite knowledge-not egotisitcally, but spiritually. The Kundalini is described as a female serpant coiled three and a half times at the base of the spine sleeping and waiting for the energy to be awakened. If the Chakras are cleared of blocks then the Kundalini is awakened.

Transcendental Meditation uses sound, chants and mantras to reach restful alertness, reaching a true inner peace, a restful state of mind beyond thinking. It is said that with this practice you reach the meditative state in less time.

I use a mixture of these meditation styles. I focus on my breathing, especially when I have fleeting thoughts. I use chanting OM when I am doing Third Eye work to clear the Pineal Gland. I use visualization for protection and healing, and I definitely use Shaja to clear and cleanse the Chakras with the belief that there is a universal energy that needs to be awakened to reach enlightenment.

Most people find meditation daunting and time consuming, but it doesn't have to be. Any time given to daily meditation is beneficial. If you can only do ten minutes a day that's great as long as its consistant.

By Debbie FragettiMeditation - "A mental discipline by which one attempts to get beyond the reflexive thinking mind into a deeper state of relaxation".

With that being said, true meditation is when the mind is silent but fully alert. A state of thoughtless awareness. Reducing activity of the mind without reducing the awareness. An awareness in stillness which brings about happiness, joy, inner peace, healing, well being, protection, and enlightenment. A profound deep peace occurs when we actually acheive a true state of meditation.

The benefits of meditation reach the body as well as the mind. These benefits are universal. It provides the opportunity to connect to your spiritual purpose, and higher self. This is where you can experience great insights and enlightenment.

Research shows that there are so many benefits from meditation. It lowers blood pressure, helps reduce and release tension and in turn decreases tension related pains like headaches, ulcers, muscles aches. It improves the immune system and increases energy. It has also been proven that meditation actually increases the gray matter (Brain tissue) of the brain increasing intellectual acuity, and life expectancy of the mind.

Meditation brings the brain wave pattern into an Alpha, Theta and hopefully Delta states (mostly Alpha, but the goal is Delta) which promotes healing. With regular meditation, it has been shown that anxiety decreases, creativity increases, intuition develops, you gain clarity, peace of mind, and gain focus.

There are five brain wave patterns, Beta, Alpha, Theta, Delta, and Gamma. The patterns (or frequencies) change to match the experiences you are going though. Driving, working, arguing, stress, anxiety, fight or flight mode, and other engaging activities set you in the Beta pattern.

Beta waves release the stress hormone, Cortisol, which when prolonged can cause ill effects, such as accelerating age, interference with memory, and slower learning congnitive function. Although cortisol is necessary, small bursts of this chemical is better. DHEA acts as a buffer to Cortisol, but as we age we have less and less of this hormone which makes us more suseptable to stress and disease.

Alpha brain wave patterns occur in the slow activity and relaxed stage, such as watching TV, reading, contemplation, or just before falling asleep. Human Growth Hormone, DHEA, Melatonin (known as the sleep hormone-a powerful antioxidant), is released in this phase. These hormones also decreases with age.

Theta brain wave patterns are usually during dreamstates, but are also related to moments of revelation and deep insight.

The Delta state is the slowest brain wave pattern. This occurs during deep, dreamless sleep. The brain releases good hormones during this frequency which are very beneficial and healing. These hormones are Serotonin and Human Growth Hormone, along with other healing hormones. Serotonin is a calming neurotransmitter in the brain and Human Growth Hormone increases brain function, makes you stonger, and more energetic and both prevent age related diseases.

Gamma waves have been debated and there isn't a extact scientific base. There is only experimental and simulated studies, so I will only say that the theory is that there is a synchronized firing of the neurons of the cognitive processes (such as memory and visual perception). So its actually a singularity of the conscious and sub-conscious, a synchonicity. If the wave stops then there is no conscious awareness.

There are many different types of meditation. Breathing meditation, Bahai faith meditation, Sahaja/Yoga, Buddism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islamic, Judaism, Sikhism, and Transcendental.

The most basic method is the Breathing Meditation. This is just as it says. Focusing on the breath. This is usually the first step to meditation, helping quiet the mind. I use this technique in the beginning of all my meditations, but can be used as a full meditation by itself.

Baha'i Faith Meditation is incorporating fasting into the practice. This form of meditation uses chanting in Arabic-God is Most Glorious. It is a faith based on "One World Religion".

Buddism uses Shamatha to reach a state of Nirvana (Delta), using chanting a mantra as well. They focus on an object such as the breathe or a flower, there is no goal, just concentration on the object of focus. Letting go of ambition even if that ambition is to meditate perfectly. Posture is very important in this type of meditation, for if the body is straight so are the channels and therefore the energies will flow freely, the throat should be slightly forward to reduce mental agitation, and the legs in a criss-crossed position (lotus position). To keep this position you join your hands together and hold them four finger-widths below the bellybutton.

Christianity uses the Rosary in prayer, which is a form of meditation. The prayers with rosary unites mental and vocal prayer. Prayer is speaking to God, while meditation is listening to God, (which can be true in all meditation, not just Rosary Prayers).

Hinduism uses Sahaja. This is the awakening of the Kundalini energy which is believed to be the supreme cosmic enlightening energy, once awakened we see that we are unlimited consciousness with unlimited potential of energy, creativity, and infinite knowledge-not egotisitcally, but spiritually. The Kundalini is described as a female serpant coiled three and a half times at the base of the spine sleeping and waiting for the energy to be awakened. If the Chakras are cleared of blocks then the Kundalini is awakened.

Transcendental Meditation uses sound, chants and mantras to reach restful alertness, reaching a true inner peace, a restful state of mind beyond thinking. It is said that with this practice you reach the meditative state in less time.

I use a mixture of these meditation styles. I focus on my breathing, especially when I have fleeting thoughts. I use chanting OM when I am doing Third Eye work to clear the Pineal Gland. I use visualization for protection and healing, and I definitely use Shaja to clear and cleanse the Chakras with the belief that there is a universal energy that needs to be awakened to reach enlightenment.

Most people find meditation daunting and time consuming, but it doesn't have to be. Any time given to daily meditation is beneficial. If you can only do ten minutes a day that's great as long as its consistant.

By Debbie Fragetti, RN

Reiki Master/Teacher


 





 
 
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