Meditation Methods

Far From the Maddening Crowd – Find Peace With Meditation and Spiritual Retreat

Woman MeditatingIn the year 2005, I found myself among hundreds of my neuroscientist co-workers, attending a spiritual conference that enlightened us on meditation therapy. Like any other aspiring young, those were nothing but mere lectures to me. In fact, I didn’t realize its benefits until I went on a 10-day meditation retreat in the year 2010. Just as you can guess, I felt scared, anxious, lonely, depressed and restless, with almost no capacity to focus on one task. However, when I left the place, I was a completely different person – an incarnated soul. Surprisingly, I felt more confident and focused in whatever I did or even thought of doing. In a nutshell, I felt calm and energized, while still sitting in the same place. Having availed the benefits of this therapy, I thought of sharing them with my readers today.

In simple words, meditation is all about sitting silently, focusing on your inner soul, taming your restless mind, improving your thought process, and finally finding peace within. In fact, there are scientific studies that show that people who meditate are happier and better human beings than those who don’t meditate. The contentment comes with higher neural activity in the left anterior part of the brain – a place scientifically associated with positive feelings. An interesting fact surfaced in 2004, when scientists discovered that a fast and unique form of brain wave, better recognized as gamma waves, were higher in those who meditated regularly, as opposed to those who don’t. After many laboratory tests and studies, they found that these gamma waves result in better assessment skills and higher self-confidence. However, investigation continues, since in some cases these waves caused acute physical as well as mental disorders. Now, the question is – is meditation really beneficial?

In ancient times, meditation was a useful way to relieve your stressed mind and restless soul. In fact, some of them are still very popular among the psychiatric specialists. Two of them are – Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. The treatments proved unbelievably effective in lowering depression, anxiety, stress, unhappiness and other psychological disorders.

Meditation or spiritual retreat is all about taking time out of your busy schedule, which keeps us linked to endless thoughts and activities. Mostly, it’s the lack of retreat that buries us under the load of routine life. Naturally, we fail at connecting with our inner soul – something that deprives us of self-satisfaction and contentment. On the other hand, with spiritual retreat, one can meditate upon his life, values and his bonding with the inner soul. This helps us in leading a life that’s in perfect peace with our deepest values.

Singh Vikash is a health professional, who loves writing on a range of health related topics. For self-development, growth and enlightenment, spiritual retreats Australia is the best option. We provide online coaching classes for exclusive retreat programs.

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Deal With Stress

Stressed to Relaxed – Care to Join Me?

stress tipsThere’s an approach to stress reduction and a calm and more fulfilling way of living that most people are not aware of. I was not aware of it until several years ago and now practice it on a daily basis.  It can take time to master, but you’ll get better at it every time you put it into practice.

Here are the three critical things we all need to do to move from stressed to relaxed every time stress tries to gain a foothold:

First, get serious about helping yourself and be conscious of your ability to beat stress by becoming and staying aware that you have the power to change the stress response and move out of it and into a positive state of mind (and therefore positive emotion).

Second, come to the understanding and always remember that stress is only a physical response to a negative thought or emotion. If we recognize that this negative thought or emotion is simply caused by our own fearful projections of the unknown (that likely will never happen or we don’t have the power to change anyway), the physical stress response will stop;

And third, learn to immediately recognize (be aware of) your body’s stress response every time it rears its ugly head so you can take positive action to clear it.

You see, when we don’t do these three things, we stay in stress mode because our focus remains on all the “what if” questions and scenarios we keep running through our mind. When we allow this to happen, this useless mind chatter takes us into a full-blown physical stress response.

If you’ve been there, and who hasn’t, this stress response can keep us awake at night terrorized with senseless fear and keep us out of touch during the day because we can’t think clearly when in stress mode.

But when we do these three things, it takes our awareness to a whole new level where we can allow or “surrender to” whatever the cause of the stress is, thereby taking away its power over us.  This does not mean succumb to your fears caused by the stress; it simply means allow whatever has engaged you to just be whatever it is but see it as having no influence on you.

In other words, we can bring it to our own attention that we are stressed only because of how we responded to a thought or emotion, most of which are just perceived (and 90% of the time not valid) fear. With this awareness, we can then make the choice to let it go and not let it get the best of us.

So how does this allow us to let the stress go? Well, if we are aware that our body’s stress response is nothing more than an unfounded perceived fear causing an overactive mind and negative emotional (physical) response, we can consciously change our thinking to positive ideas and thoughts rather than stay in fear and stress mode.

This allows us to clear our mind and stand in our faith and confidence again. It allows us to stop, think, and respond positively in any situation rather than letting negative thoughts and emotions trigger a physical stress response.  This is how we all can live a much more peaceful, successful, and happy life.

Author Bio: Peggy Nelson is a professional Life and Personal Development Coach, owner and founder of Life Your Way Coaching, a published author, and a professional blogger. Her mission is to help people access that part of themselves that allows them to shift their thinking, release fear at every level, experience personal growth and empowerment, and ultimately create fulfilling, happy, and successful personal and professional lives they love. To learn more about the benefits of coaching with Peggy, follow her blog, or to schedule a free consultation with her, please visit her website at