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With the stress and high emotions that can crop up around the holidays, in addition to the economic woes many are facing, why not put away the chocolate cookies and try something inexpensive that helps you stay healthy and balanced? Meditate and levitate! Hopefully you will enjoy this info from GreenYatra, an NGO in India.

The medical benefits of meditation can result in healing for the three main areas of health: physical, mental and spiritual.

Mental disorders that can benefit through meditation are vast. Some conditions in which meditation can help are:

  • Relaxation
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Panic attacks
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability and moodiness
  • Memory
  • Self esteem and self confidence
  • Relationships

For improved physical health, meditation can also aid in relief for the following:

  • Pain
  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Angina pains
  • Asthma
  • PMS
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • High blood pressure
  • Cholesterol

Scientists and doctors agree, more and more, that meditation is having a direct impact on the way the brain is ‘wired’. There has, in recent years, been a dramatic rise of the research and testing of meditation and the exact effects meditation can have on the brain and the heart.

There are various forms of meditation, all of which have separate characteristics that offer a unique method for healing. Stress has been proven to result in depression and fears. That depression from excess stress can result in physical injuries and negative health disorders such as heart disease. Meditation is proving that you can reduce the risks to such conditions by first reducing the stress. When your brain is relaxed, a dramatic improvement to your mental health occurs, which, in turn, reduces the risks to poor physical health as well.

The spiritual needs of people can become deeper and have a stronger impact by increasing the following:

~ More meaningful understanding of the endless existence of a higher power.
~ Feelings of a sense of oneness with yourself and your higher power or with the universe.
~ Strong sense of Unconditional Love
~ General feelings of well being
~ Improved psychic abilities
~ A Deeper feeling and realization of purpose
~ A strong sense of achievement
~ Strong increase of discerning abilities
~ Occurrence of a deep, inner sense of knowingness

Traditionally, meditation comes from Eastern cultures, primarily India and Tibet. Buddhism and Hinduism play a great role in meditation, although meditation can be adjusted to accommodate any religion. Prayer is in and of itself a form of meditation, in Christianity, for example, prayer is a way to ‘talk’ to God.