Today’s world is a stressful place, with its many demands, crises, and sudden changes intruding into the lives of its inhabitants. Constantly bombarded with pressures and stresses, it is not surprising that most people absorb this negative energy into themselves, and begin to suffer the detrimental effects of becoming attuned to the modern world’s problems.
Once the mind has been invaded by these negative influences, both inner peace and positive thinking become difficult to achieve. Fortunately, a cure for this negative influence can be found in meditation – a cleansing spiritual exercise that allows even those immersed in the most hectic lives to use this stress management technique.
Meditation is an ancient art – indeed, the vast array of cultures and peoples who have practiced it is a testimonial to its timeless effectiveness. Meditation has been used by a staggering range of cultures and creeds to cleanse the spirit of negative energy, restore the mind’s positive balance, and achieve inner harmony.
You can use meditation in your own life to improve both your outlook and your quality of living. Without the safety valve of meditation, stresses begin to wear ruts in the mind, and can lead to constant unhappiness, a loss of mental focus, and even self-harming behavior such as alcoholism or drug abuse. Stress, clearly, can transform your life in a highly negative way. You owe it to yourself to make use of meditation to handle your stress, suppress it, and make room in your mind for positive energy to flourish.
Open and closed meditation are the two main forms of meditation. They will be described here, but if you are unable to choose one merely from description, it is best to try both and discover which technique is most in tune with your unique spiritual needs. Each human mind is individual and special, and some may even find the most relief from combining the two forms.
Open meditation makes use of a focus, such as a mantra, an idea, a visualization, or even a regular action such as breathing or a repetitive physical movement such as walking. The person who is meditating allows their mind to move freely through whatever ideas and images occur to it, but regularly returns their attention to the focus or mantra. In this way, the mind is allowed to move freely from idea to idea in an almost dream-like way, but does not begin to analyze. Thus, the mind remains calm and detached, allowing it time to refresh itself, melting away the negative energy of stress through relaxation.
Closed meditation drives out all external thoughts and ideas in favor of focusing steadily on the focus or mantra itself, or even on simply maintaining a complete blankness of mind. Closed meditation thus clears the psyche of tension either by keeping the mind concentrated exclusively on one focus, so that no room is left for stress, or by removing concentration entirely by blanking the thoughts, thus preventing the mind from concentrating on problems and generating stress.
Those who wish to clear their minds of stress’ negative energy and make room for positive energy to improve their lives should therefore consider a regular program of meditation for stress management. The two types of meditation should be explored, the more soothing chosen, and meditation made a regular part of your schedule. You will find that meditation is one of the most fruitful methods of freeing your mind from tension, handling stress, and energizing your spirit to meet the challenges of life in a fresh and effective way.
Hilary Stewardson has been doing meditation regularly for over 30 years. She finds the regular practice is very effective in stress management and organizing one’s time. It also deepens spiritual connections. You can obtain more information at her website: http://www.Mind-Visualization.com