If you have ever examined a Yoga or Zen book then you have surely viewed a number of photographs of practitioners sitting in a lotus position while surrounded by burning incense. The person in such a picture is clearly meditating and meditation is one of the very best methods of achieving a relaxed state of mind. After all, meditation has been practiced for just such a purpose for thousands of years. Clearly, it works quite well or it certainly would not have lasted the volume of centuries that it has!
But there is much of the confusion regarding meditation and the confusion centers on the notion that it is rooted in mysticism. As such, skeptics will look at meditation as being a "fraud". There have been a number of critics of meditation techniques and the epicenter of their criticism is that there is no mental state one can achieve meditating that can not be achieved without meditating. While this is a true statement it also ignores something critical. Some individuals are not able to relax without meditation because they need help achieving their goals. Consider the following example: there are a number of diets where one can lose weight without cutting their intake of sugar so there is no reason to try a diet that eliminates sugar. This would be a foolish statement because many people clearly can drop weight on a low sugar diet. Similarly, many people achieve a state of relaxation through the use of meditation and this is why the value of meditation should never be knocked.
The way meditation works is that it reduced clutter and anxiety by seeking to empty the mind. That is, part of the reason people feel stressed out and wired up is due to the fact that their minds often race a hundred miles a minute. By sitting down and slowly emptying the mind out of all thoughts a calming effect may occur that creates a sense of relaxation. No, this will not make all the problems in life go away nor will it provide anyone with secret insight to the human condition but it will allow one to truly relax and feel a sense of peace of mind. This can later be the building block for further mental improvement
While many suggest that meditation be performed in silence this is not necessary. Playing music or audio books while meditating can prove equally helpful provided that the music is not blasted so loud that it yields a distraction as opposed to a complement. The subliminal audio of Easy Relaxation is perfect for this goal and can significantly help in achieving inner peace via meditation.
Ultimately, meditation works and as long as you perform it regularly as part of your relaxation program. If you can effectively empty your mind of clutter then your ability to calm yourself and relax will be achievable. While meditation for relaxation may not yield complete nirvana it can most definitely prove to be a step in the right direction.
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