Natalie Bausone December 6, 2010 Dr. Sirlin Ace-001 English – Persuasive Essay With the hectic pace and demands of modern life, many people feel stressed and over-worked. It often feels like there is just not enough time in the day to get everything done. Our stress and tiredness make us unhappy, impatient, , and frustrated. It can even affect our health. A simple ten or fifteen minute meditation a day can help you to overcome your stress and find some inner peace and balance. Meditation provides benefits to all of the major categories of human existence:  Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual.

Nevertheless, the term “meditation” is usually associated with hippies sitting around chanting “Ohmmm”. I have a couple family members that do feel this way. One disadvantage in meditation can be that some individuals connect it to eastern religions such as Buddhism or Hinduism. By relating meditation to these religions it tends to turn some people away from the practice of meditation. Another disadvantage is “time”. Some individuals say that it takes too much time out of their normal day to practice meditation.

However, one of the largest challenges faced by people today is overcoming the stress produced by everyday life. I know family and friends that take anti-depressants in order tothe deal with the stresses of everyday life. Meditation, on the other hand, provides a natural means of reducing stress and anxiety and can lead to enhanced mental health either in combination with, or in place of, popular anti-depressants. The improved mental health that can result from meditation can be seen in many ways. It generally gives you the perspective you need to manage your busy schedule and bring back a feeling of “I can handle this”.

Additionally, more traditional meditation requires deeper breathing than normally, involves breathing which allows for greater oxygen flow through our systemwe get large amounts of oxygen which we don’t get while normal breathing. The greater flow of oxygen increases levels of energy decreases high blood pressure and also makes falling asleep and soundly easier. My husband had a anxiety attack one evening. He decided to sit at the edge of the bed and begin meditation. He concentrated greatly on his deep breaths and within 2 minutes his body was balanced; it was amazing.

A technique of meditation known as Yoga is considered to be active meditation, which facilitates proper blood circulation and stretching of the muscles. This technique directly helps with strengthening the muscles which produces more of a physical benefit than other technique. So no matter which technique you use you are sure to receive numerous health benefits through meditation. The result of this de-stressing, or relaxation is to improve all of the major bodily functions and can arguably lead to enhance immune, cardiovascular, digestive, and reproductive health.

The main advantage for me is Spirituality, in general, a state of being. Trying to describe it is difficult, as it can be different for each individual. Nevertheless, spirituality can be described in a very general manner as a sense of connectedness with that which surrounds us. Primarily, it allows the individual to explore his or her own mind, resulting in self-awareness or connectedness that removes the individual from the thoughtless unthinkdaily grind that can be soul-sucking and which can detract from a life well lived.

The connectedness goes beyond the self, and generally brings the individual into the present, as opposed to worrying about or being concerned with the past and the future. I attend self-development classes and feel that this leads to connection with the people and things around us, resulting in an enhanced spirituality that is very beneficial to me. Incorporating meditation into your lifestyle is painless, low-cost, and easily accessible. There are a number of ways you can start. You could go the old-fashioned route and pick up a meditation music CD from your local Target or Barnes and Nobles.

This might work for some but many people find it difficult to meditate on their own right away. A great tool that’s now available for free thanks to the internet is is meditation podcasts. For those not familiar with podcasts, go to www. themeditationpodcast. com. You can also find local yoga lessons or a Zen meditation center. So recharge your life and your brain. It’s simply spending some time focusing your thoughts and concentrating on a single goal: relaxation! | |

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