Professor Sonia Cruz
12SP - LA101 53
31 May. 12
In these days people cannot avoid stress from their bodies. They have tried various methods to help cope with stress such as exercise, diet, etc…However; the most effective method to deal with stress is not one of these modern methods but rather a 5,000 year-old idea that is meditation. Meditation (Rene Zhanay, 2012) is originated in ancient religious and spiritual traditions. It may involve invoking or cultivating a feeling or internal state, such as compassion, or loving kindness. Meditation also can relieve everyday stresses like being stalled in traffic, earning a living, and raising children, as well as major ones like the loss of a job, chronic pain, or severe illness. It not only helps reduce the negative effects of stress, but also leads to a better sense of well-being by uniting mind and body.
The basic principles and practices of meditation are rooted in Hinduism, an Asian religion whose followers believe that the soul is eternal and maintains an eternal relationship with God. Hindus believe that because the soul is eternal, it must reincarnate in various forms to retain this everlasting relationship. Thousands of young people flocked to the ideas of Hinduism in the 1970's to escape the drug culture of the times. As the troubled youth of the 1970's matures into the professionals of the 1990's, the practice of meditation has been incorporated into the medical field and studied for its effect on the body and mind (History, Meditation, 2005). Many researchers and professors learned of the multitude of benefits that meditation had to offer as they began testing the effects of it. The physical practice of meditation slows and calms the body, lowering blood pressure and heart rate with the use of deep breathing exercises (National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2006). The calming of the body in itself works to fight stress but those who meditate say that...