Meditation - The Antidote for Tension and Worries
By Remez Sasson
Meditation has always been recognized as the antidote and remedy for tension, worry and fear. It is not a magical medicine, and results do not show overnight, but they are assured if you commit yourself to meditate each day.
We are living in a world full of tensions and worries. Work, relationships, financial conditions, health, dangers and fears provide enough fuel for tension and worries. They prevent inner peace, produce toxics in the body, injure the health and disturb life. They weaken both mind and body, and bring all kinds of problems.
The mind and the body need something to relax and calm them down, and this is one of the roles of meditation. Its effects last not only during the actual period devoted to it, but throughout the whole day, but for that to happen it has to be practiced earnestly and correctly for some time.
You might find it is difficult to start to meditate, because you do not have the motivation to do so, and you feel the need for proof of the benefits of meditation before you begin. The best proof you can gather is through your personal, direct experience. It is good to read about other people's experiences, but it is much better to gain first hand experience.
If you approach meditation with interest and love you will develop the patience and persistence necessary for success. Soon the twenty minutes will extend to thirty minutes and even longer. As in every other area, here too, when you start to see results your ambition and desire to succeed would grow.
There are many meditation techniques, and you may follow any one that attracts you, and with which you feel comfortable. Do not force yourself to do something that you do not like to do. This produces tension, which you are trying to avoid.
After practicing for some time you will see how your inner peace level grows, and situations that previously caused you worry and tension lose their power to affect you. You will find that physical, emotional and mental tensions gradually start to diminish, and the door to peace of mind opens for you.
The process of meditating gradually takes your mind, thoughts and senses away from your immediate environment. The flow of stimulus from the environment and mind diminishes gradually, and both mind and body relax. This affects the metabolism of the body, cleanses it from toxics, and provides renewed energy and peace of mind.
Meditation is the antidote for tensions, fears and worries that most people go through. Its accumulated effects make it easier to stay calm under difficult situations, and thus get over them or steer away from them. It gives you not only peace of mind, but it also increases your inner strength, will power and self discipline. It is an important tool for a happier and more relaxed life for everyone, no matter where he lives and what he does.
Meditation is a great tool not only for the seeker after spiritual awakening and enlightenment, but for the ordinary person who wishes to live a calm and peaceful life and to preserve his sanity. It bestows the ability to be free from tension and unnecessary thinking, and opens the door to happiness and peace of mind. In its higher levels it opens the door to spiritual awakening.