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Living With Stress-ways to relieve

Meditation

I am a big fan of this method for relieving stress. It’s not for the faint hearted either. The practice of meditation can take you on a spiritual journey to allow you to live in the now and enjoy being in the present. It is also an excellent form of exercising deep breathing techniques, visualization and gaining an inner sense of peace.
The journey of meditation unveils an understanding of who you really are, helps you re–discover and use the positive qualities which already exist within you, enables you to develop your strengths of character and create new attitudes and responses to life.
This is the place, just beyond every day consciousness, where spiritual empowerment begins providing you with the confidence to choose creative thinking rather than automated thinking, response rather than reaction, peace, love and harmony rather than stress, conflict and chaos. It stills the mind. The benefits of meditation include achieving greater focus and improved performance, enhancing creativity or self-awareness, cultivating a more relaxed and peaceful frame of mind, managing chronic pain, depression and anxiety, and providing a range of physiological and metabolic benefits for the cardiovascular, immune and neurological systems.
You begin to remember things about yourself that you once knew, but had long forgotten. You start to enjoy moments of silence and to relish periods of introspection and reflection.
Meditation also helps you disconnect from damaging habits of thought, feeling and reaction which can cause stress, depression and anxiety. It will allow a conscious, positive release of energy which improves the quality of your attitude, actions, and interactions.
The process of going within, disconnecting from harmful habits, connecting to your innate spiritual resources, and reconnecting with your external life, is personally empowering in a lasting way.
Interested in learning how to meditate? Then why not pop along to a local class. For more information follow the ATMA website: www.meditationaustralia.org.au

Article written by Zeinah Keen Osteopath

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