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meditation to reduce stress.
PRACTICE IS NON DENOMINATIONAL AND EASY TO LEARN
and its' Benefits:
one gains increasing awareness of all inner activities. Emotions are
keys to these inner activities; every thought is often accompanied by
an emotional response whether good or bad. In learning to observe and
control thought patterns one invariably becomes more aware of the attached
emotions. Being more aware of these emotions they are no longer suppressed
and repressed, instead they are understood and accepted. By observation
and acceptance of emotions the meditator acknowledges that these emotions
are separate, circumstantial and not inherent to the being of
the meditator. Therefore a sense of peace is allowed to diffuse through
the mind of the meditator as the growing realisation that "I am not
my feelings" perpetuate and become more permanent. This gives the meditator
a greater degree of skill in dealing with emotions and life's unavoidable
difficulties than the non-meditator. This is further enhanced by the
active engagement with emotions, both positive and negative, on behalf
of the meditator, through various meditative practices.
be applied to all human activities. It can be used to extrapolate meaning
from a whole array of menial activities, and can therefore enhance the
life of the individual and in turn enhance society as a whole. For example,
the necessary but often undesired task of cleaning the house can be
given a whole new meaning when it is practised in a meditative fashion;
so that instead of being a chore, it becomes a tool for gaining insight
into what it means to be human; we stop putting off the ironing and
become enthralled in its workings, how a crease is eliminated by the
steam iron, the sound the iron makes as it exudes its misty contents;
the ordinary becomes fun and exciting simply by the application of a
bit of awareness and attention. When given some thought this is obvious,
there is nothing inherently painful about such activities; even if one
says "yes, but it's tiring", so are sports, but people do them anyway
for fun. Therefore, it is only a matter of perspective.
In a wider sense
this can teach us how to deal with any situation that is undesirable.
We can learn to enjoy standing in queues, enjoy waiting in traffic,
enjoy commuting to work. The deep rooted benefits that result in confronting
our emotions, and learning to deal with our emotions as and when they
come, prove that even life changing circumstances, which can sometimes
psychologically cripple people, can be dealt with in a positive manner,
and can even serve to heighten our experience and knowledge of self.
In all, meditation can fundamentally change the inner workings of mankind
in a positive and fruitful way, removing pain from the individual and
thereby removing pain from the world at large, as everyone learns to
observe themselves, deal with their emotions, interact with each other
better and enjoy life so that the world can reach its potential of becoming
a pleasant and happier place to be.
in the workplace:
STRESS-FREE OFFICE IS A PRODUCTIVE OFFICE
short-term stress is helpful for meeting deadlines, chronic stress
can be quite debilitating, leading from anxiety and poor judgment,
to a whole array of psychosomatic illnesses. Stress costs industry
approximately 150 billion dollars per year.
epidemic in the western world. Stress is a major contributing factor
linked either directly, or indirectly, to coronary artery disease, cancer,
respiratory disorders, accidental injuries, cirrhosis of the liver and
suicide; the six leading causes of heath in the United States. Stress
is a state of tension that is created when a person responds to the
demands and pressures that come from work, family and other external
sources, as well as those that are internally generated from self imposed
demands, obligations and self criticism. Stress is both additive and
cumulative. It adds up over time until a state of crisis is reached
and symptoms appear."
Meditation is proven
to help substantially reduce stress in the following way. Meditation
has shown to: