The Reasons Why
The eruption of contemplative practices into our daily lives seems to be in direct response to the amount of stress and mental illness we are experiencing.
At least 1 in 5 adults experience mental illness which means 30% of the population is affected at some point, by 2020 depression will be the second biggest illness internationally.
(Harris – p.3)
As modern medicine fails to provide the solutions to our systemic health crisis could we find the solution to good health and happiness in our own minds? As ancient technology becomes new-science we discover that within us are all the tools we need to live well, live long and be happy.
Most people come to meditation to escape stress in mind and ailments in the body. Meditation offers a way to decompress tension and quieten the mind while providing a safe space to escape your children.
Along with the benefits of a soothing retreat for mind, body and soul meditation can also help us to face the more significant questions in life like; who am I?, why am I here?, and will I ever look as happy and relaxed as that girl over there?.
Along with managing the symptoms of stress, meditation can heal the damage stress does, reverse the impact of stress-related illness and can also get to the very bottom of why you are so imbalanced in the first place, (if you stick with it long enough).
Meditation can be beautiful, magical, otherworldly and deeply rewarding and it can also be very confronting, sometimes frightening and confusing as you face life’s biggest obstacle – your mind.
It takes courage and consistency to overcome the mind – but the benefits are unlimited- as so it seems. Looking at the science that supports the practices of meditation we are hinging on a door to a limitless reality where the mind can be used to heal the body and change your perceptions.
Whatever your reasons for taking the practice of meditation – whether it be to master your mind or heal the body – the success of your practice lies with your ability to focus and concentrate.
1. Russ Harris, 2007, ‘The Happiness Trap’, (Harris)
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Published on May 30, 2017
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