“Meditation…is the intentional directing of attention to the clear aspect of one’s own inner nature”, Roy Davis.
The use of Mediation for healing is not new Meditative techniques are the product of diverse cultures and persons around the world. The value of Meditation to alleviate suffering and promote healing has been known and practice for thousands of years.
There are many different types of Meditation practiced today which are based on different principles. They can be roughly classified into five categories depending on whether they are based on the body or mind and whether they employ control or letting-go mechanisms as a means of achieving a meditative state.
The first category of Meditation, based on body control, is incorporated into certain types of yoga to unite body and mind. This type of Meditation is concerned with the body assuming a certain posture. The spine is kept straight and the body remains still and immobile. This lowers the metabolic level and reduces stress.
The second category of Meditation, based on control of the mind, utilizes concentration, contemplation, and visualization to achieve the meditative state. Concentration involves focusing the consciousness on a single simple object, such as a black circle. Contemplation uses the continuous repetition of a word of syllable. Visualization uses a scene complicated enough to require focus and attention by the meditator.
Many cultures use mind control in their Meditation and some have religious connotation. Examples include the repeated intonation of vowel sounds, chanting of Buddhist Monks, repetition of prayers such as the Hail Mary, and war chants of Native Americans.
The third category of Meditation is based on the “letting-go” of the body. One technique involves the deliberate relaxation of muscular tension.
The fourth category of Meditation is based on the “letting-go” of the mind. The mind remains passive and open to whatever enters it, in the here and now. By leaving the mind open, the individual is able to retrieve insight into a particular problem or the answer to a question concerning his health.
A fifth category of Meditation could be the most powerful. This pertains to “letting-go” of the mind and connecting with our heart space. The Heart is a place of “Feeling”. It is a place of “higher Consciousness”. Here we feel totally centered and have the ability to tap into our “Higher selves”, our Spirit.
Research has shown that Meditation can contribute to an individual’s psychological and physiological well being. This is accomplished as Meditation brings the brainwave pattern into alpha state which is a level of consciousness that promotes the healing state.
There is scientific evidence that Meditation can reduce blood pressure, and relieve pain and stress. When used in combination with biofeedback, meditation enhances the effectiveness of biofeedback.