Q.Are there different kinds of meditation?
A. Yes. Different people benefit from different kinds of meditation and different relaxation techniques. It is important that meditation be consistent with your religious beliefs and with your disposition. People may meditate whether they are atheists, Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, Moslem, Hindu, or Ba'hai. If you choose a form of meditation that requires repetition of a prayer or mantra, that phrase must be compatible with your beliefs. Some forms of meditation are compatible with all beliefs, like meditation with music as a focus or use of the Holosync technique, a modern technology designed to produce deep relaxation.
Q.Is meditation a complete answer to stress?
A.For some people, the practice of meditation is the only thing they need to to relieve their stress. However, meditation works best if you are also working to have a healthy, active body. You can feel stressed and depressed and can have insomnia because of drug dependency, including prescription drug dependency, or from withdrawal from drugs. Too much caffeine also can cause stress.
So, to reduce stress, do not abuse drugs. Eat right. Get proper nutrition. Stretch your limbs, much as the Yogis have done. Stretching relieves tension and keeps the body supple and responsive. It also helps to develop the ability to sit quietly while feeling alive and comfortable.
Q.Should I also consider therapy or
A.Meditation is very helpful. However, all of us developed unique ways of seeing the world as we grew up. Some of those ways are no longer helpful to us as adults. Therapy (especially meditation therapy and Meditation Therapy Weekends can be very helpful in gaining insight into patterns that do not work and in making changes in those patterns. For some, meditation may in time be all that is needed. Therapy can speed up the process..
Q.How should I stretch?
A.One excellent way is to practice Hatha Yoga. These are time-tested stretches. If you use other stretches, please try to stretch muscles in different plains and directions. Two-dimensional stretches do not limber up the whole body.
Q.Do I need any other exercise?
A.Yes. Do some aerobic exercise, like walking, ice skating, bicycling, swimming, using a treadmill, or using a health rider. Do not do too much. The test of a good workout is that you feel good when you finish. Do not get too tired. Do not get too sore. If your body feels good, you will keep exercising. You will also want to eat right in order to keep feeling good. You will not want to stuff yourself and end the good feeling of fitness.
Q.Is medicine ever helpful to relieve stress?
A.Yes, definitely. Some people may require psychiatric medicine because they have a genetic deficiency or a neurological condition. Abnormalities may be caused early in life, even while the child is being carried in the womb.
Q.Should I meditate while I am taking psychiatric medicine
Yes. Psychiatric medicine may be helpful, but your long-term solution is meditation. Meditation completely changes your relationship to stress and your basic attitude. A meditative life is joyful and energizing. Even if you have never experienced joyfulness, meditation has the power to open up this road of living.
Q.I find meditation hard and even boring. How can I become
committed to meditation anyway?
A.There are several helpful suggestions.
Q.I have insomnia. What can help me?
A.First you may want to find out more about insomnia by visiting the excellent discussion offered as the Mayo Clinic's answers about insomnia. For insomnia, there is a useful proven technology. A complete diagnosis of the cause of insomnia can be obtained from a reputable sleep laboratory, maintained by a hospital or a group of doctors. Regular meditation may be helpful. If you meditate regularly, you may find it useful to use a different kind of meditation to go to sleep. For this purpose, meditate in bed on your back. Have the intention of falling asleep. Focus on your breath or on your mantra or prayer. Let yourself grow drowsy, as you would not if you were meditating at another time. Use meditation to relax you and help you fall asleep.
Q.I am depressed or anxious and I wonder whether smoking, caffeine, prescription drugs or other substances may be helping to cause my problem.
A.Many substances can seriously affect mood. Check out the substance abuse information on the web. Caffeine, found in coffee, cola drinks and some other soft drinks, is generally a safe substance; however if you are a heavy user (over 350 milligrams a day) then caffeine can make you irritable and you can have withdrawal symptoms when you go for a period of time without consuming coffee or another source of caffeine.