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Meditation: It's not what you think.

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Victoria Peltonen

on 22 April 2010

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Meditation It's not what you think. What is Meditation? The active practice of emptying and calming the mind
The recognition of energy (external and internal)
A heightened state of awareness Stress and its Effects Anxiety causes an imbalance of oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in the blood - Decrease of carbon dioxide Breathing from the chest - Diaphragm goes up and the chest is compressed Health Benefits Releases stress
Increases immunity and promotes healing
Reduces the intensity of pain
Decreases heart and respiration rates
Lowers blood pressure Other Benefits Boosts attention and effectiveness
Improves overall mood
Lowers levels of anxiety, depression, anger, and fatigue
Allows people to respond less easily and less intensively to being startled Kinds of Meditation Concentration-based
Focus on a single word, phrase, image or sound and repeat it mentally
Focus on the sensory aspects of your immediate experience
Breathing Visual Imagery
Imagine a relaxing scene or experience
Consider a specific question or induction of a specific state of being
Compassion, Loving-Kindness "Breathing is the first thing we do when we come into the world and the last thing we do when we leave the world." It's all in the breath. Thoughts
Goal of mindfulness is NOT to stop the mind from thinking
"All thoughts are created equal"
Observe, accept, let it go and return to thought Sensation
Observe the feeling
Let it go and return to breath External Stimuli
Let go Anxiety
Panic disorders
BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder)
Mindfulness as treatment I want to have what I want.I have a strong attachment to being right.I have strong sensual attachments.I have strong desires for money, wealth, and material goods.I have strong desires or fame, reputation, and/or a strong concern for how others see me.I have strong attachments to how I look.I have strong attachments to my family and loved ones.I have a strong attachment to my health and long life.I get angry when I don’t get what I want.I get angry when others disagree with me.I am right, and others who don’t agree with me are wrong.I get angry with my primary relationships.I dislike others who have more money, wealth, and material goods than I do.I dislike others who have more fame, a better reputation, and are better liked than I am.I dislike myself for how I look.I dislike many in my family.I don’t care about my health and long life.I don’t really care about looking into improving myself or my life.I don’t really want to put out energy for a relationship.I don’t really care about having a career or financial security.I don’t really care about how others see me.I don’t put much energy into how I look.I don’t put myself out to be with or find out about my family.I don’t really think much or do anything about my health and long life.I worry a lot about whether I will get what I need.I fret about whether I am thinking, feeling, doing the right things.I can’t seem to keep a steady, close relationship.I am preoccupied and worried about money, wealth, and material goods, and if things will turn out okay.I worry a lot about how others see me.I put a lot of energy into how I look but I’m never satisfied.
I worry a lot about my family and loved ones.I worry a lot about my health and long life.I don’t think I’ll ever get what I need.I go back and forth all the time about what I think.I can’t make up my mind about relationships or commitment.I doubt my ability to provide money, wealth, and material goods for myself and my family.I don’t think others like me much but I’m never sure.I go back and forth about my looks.I have many ups and downs in my relationships with my family and loved ones.I’m never sure about my health and long life and whether that is important or not. Concentrated and able to be one-pointed
Able to be in the here and now
Tranquil and calm
Able to be reflective and restrained
Able to have equanimity
Able to be generous, moral, patient, joyful in effort, mindful, and wise The Liberating Mind-State
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