Although like many people, I do slightly enjoy the thrill and rush of having no concrete idea of how this world works, there are those times when a little guidebook would be helpful to navigate through all the ups and downs that this journey holds. The question is, would I use it?
According to blogger Andrea Zarczynski in this New Baltimore Patch post, all of us have the little guide book. Another story, however, is whether or not a person is conscious of it. Says Zarczynski, meditation gives us the tool to access this resource.
In an interview with Theresa May, owner of Santosha Yoga in Chesterfield Township, May acknowledges not only the problem solving benefit of meditation, but also the mental and physical benefits a solid practice can hold.
According to May, yoga was originally developed by monks as a stretching exercise to loosen tight muscles that they experienced during long meditation periods. Therefore she said that meditation has long influenced other healthy practices and can be used to pinpoint and achieve one’s goals as well.
For some people, meditation is a great problem solving strategy. Because of the technological nature of modern life, May said that many people are constantly distracted and out of touch with their inner needs and desires.
“Our minds are over-stimulated with all the garbage,” she said. “The health benefits of meditation are to the mind what yoga is to the physical body.”
Besides achieving overall balance in the body, meditation offers physical benefits, including lowering high blood pressure, sharpening cognitive and memory operation and anti-aging effects, according to May. She also said that many people use meditation to assist with pain management.
Read more from Zarczynski including how yoga and meditation compliment one another here.