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Some Benefits of Meditation

Some Benefits of Meditation

The aim of Yoga, of union, is to unite the thinking mind with its source in pure awareness. In modern terms, “pure awareness” means quantum space, the silent, empty void that is the womb of all matter and energy.

Pure awareness exists in the gap between thoughts; it is the unchanging background against which all mental activity takes place. We would not ordinarily suspect that such a state exists because our minds are so preoccupied with the stream of thoughts, wishes, dreams, fantasies, and sensations that fill waking consciousness. That is why the ancient Indian sages had to devise the specific technique of meditation, in order to show the mind its own origins in the quantum depths.

Sitting in meditation with the eyes closed induces the nervous system to enter a state of “restful alertness” – i.e., the mind remains awake while the body goes into a deeply relaxed state.

Sleep is a hypometabolic state in which oxygen consumption decreases, heartbeat slows, and consciousness blanks out. The waking state, on the other hand, is marked by higher oxygen consumption, a faster heartbeat, and an alert mind. These opposites are united in meditation.

While remaining alert enough to feel the experience of pure awareness, people go into a state of rest twice as deep as sleep. Moreover, they do so very quickly, usually within ten minutes after shutting their eyes, compared to the four to six hours it takes us to reach our deepest relaxation in sleep.

Adapted from Ageless Body, Timeless Mind, by Deepak Chopra (Three Rivers Press, 1998).

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Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D. continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Chopra is known as a prolific author of over 49 books with 12 best sellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra's books have been published in more than 35 languages with more than 20 million copies in print.

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10:12AM PST on Feb 20, 2013

LOVE

3:43AM PST on Nov 14, 2012

Thanks for posting this.

11:30AM PST on Nov 13, 2012

I love meditating on God's word and what glorious beauty will be like to live in youth and no aging or this dispensation of times drama will be like...Can't hardly wait!!!

3:56AM PST on Nov 13, 2012

Good to know so many people on Care2 practice meditation.
I do believe that I would not have survived without it.

3:20AM PST on Nov 13, 2012

also enjoying Dr Chopra's 21 day meditation challenge!

11:06PM PST on Nov 12, 2012

Thanking you for helping us help ourselves.

10:35PM PST on Nov 12, 2012

I have one of those guided meditation tapes which seems to work on a deeper level. I notice changes- slower too react, presence of mind etc, when I continually listen to this tape week in week out.

9:08PM PST on Nov 12, 2012

Peace of mind is valuable, thanks for this.

8:55PM PST on Nov 12, 2012

Thanks

8:23PM PST on Nov 12, 2012

According to an article in Wikipedia, the electrical rhythm of the brain in meditation -- alpha waves -- looks pretty similar to EEG readings of Jell-O. Just thought you should know.

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