Sunday, July 26, 2009

Does Medatation and Visualization really help you to succeed?

I believe that meditation and visualization are extremely helpful in helping one to succeed. Thought is where everything begins. Nothing in our experience would be as it is without thought. What is our experience anyway? We give our lives meaning and order. Life is different for every individual depending upon the way that they perceive the world. The wonderful thing is - we can choose our thoughts, and therefor we can choose how to experience the world. I am not suggesting that we should ignore the things in our lives that aren't fun or that we ignore our responsibilities. I am suggesting that we don't have to see things the way that we have in the past. Powerful thoughts are accepted by our mind as real, which then changes our entire outlook on life, so therefor our behaviors, habits and actions change accordingly. This helps us to meet new people, and creates new situations and circumstances for us. Whether bad or good, we can help to create our destiny each day. Visualization and meditation are different. Meditation is relaxing and stilling the mind, while visualization is actually picturing something in your mind. Many people claim that they can't visualize. If you can right now, imagine the face of someone close to you, then you are visualizing. The images that you see do not need to be crystal clear, and they don't even have to be in motion - still shots work just as well. The important thing is that you visualize with feeling and focus. Meditation is simply allowing yourself to just relax. Sometimes there is a focus, like a mantra (one word or phrase spoken over and over). The most effective meditations that I have done have been simply paying attention to breathing. It is a great way to reduce stress and also to open yourself up to the small voice within, your intuition.

Some statistics abut people who meditate regularly:

-Heart rate, respiration, blood pressure and oxygen consumption are all decreased.
-People who meditate are less anxious and nervous.
-People who meditate were more independent and self-confident
-People who deliberated daily were less fearful of death.
-75% of insomniacs who started a daily meditation program were able to fall asleep within 20 minutes of going to bed.
-Production of the stress hormone Cortisol is greatly decreased, thus making it possible for those people to deal with stress better when it occurs.
-Women with PMS showed symptom improvements after 5 months of steady daily rumination and reflection.
-Thickness of the artery walls decreased which effectively lowers the risk of heart attack or stroke by 8% to 15%.
-Relaxation therapy was helpful in chronic pain patients.
-60% of anxiety prone people showed marked improvements in anxiety levels after 6-9 months.

There is also the fact that placebos have been given to patients with just as much of an effect as a real medication, sometimes even more of an effect, because the mind believed it would work. Why then, are people so hesitant to believe that the incredible brain that we as humans have been blessed with is capable of helping us in other areas of our lives. If we believe that we will find that perfect mate, or truly believe that we are capable of being completely independent financially, or that we can quit smoking or whatever. I feel strongly that shifting our perceptions through intentional visualization and meditation can help us to accomplish so many 'impossible' things.

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