Meditation is a practice which
is part of many world religions. It is designed to induce a state
of profound relaxation, inner harmony and increased self-awareness.The
actual method of practising mediation might vary between schools
of thought: from mantras and watching your breath, to candle gazing
- but the purpose remains the same: to focus one's awareness on
an object or thought, so that extraneous thoughts are excluded.
The mind then becomes calm, relaxed and aware.
Meditation has been shown to
reverse the body "flight or fight" response to stress,
and initiate the Relaxation Response. Whilst it is practised as
a means to spiritual enlightenment in the East, in the West it is
mainly used as a stress management tool.
Those practising Meditation on
a regular basis report feeling more relaxed, alert, calm, happy
and focussed than before.