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For many years working with people trying to get rid of their addictions, we have seen that meditation is the most powerful method to change negative patterns. Indeed, we have never seen anyone fall which took the consistent practice of meditation. According to Buddhism, we create the world through our thoughts. When the mind is quiet and concentrated, the experience of ourselves and the world around us reflects the internal state of focused awareness.

Addictive behaviors are attempts to neutralize unpleasant thoughts and feelings that accompany them. Meditation is the most important natural technique known to calm the mind and gain access to the Silence contained therein. Although we all have the natural attitude to experience inner peace, most need help to awaken this ability. As a vehicle to expand consciousness, meditation is the best habit that can encourage, because it eventually takes the place of all other addictions.

According to the Upanishads kata, "The highest state, say the wise, is one in which the five senses are stilled, the mind quiets and intellect is stilled." The meditative journey into ourselves leads us to discover the transcendental state of being from which our individuality arises. By bringing silence to life, body and mind are enriched and we shortcut the soul, which is the Eternal Silence of our desires, talents and creativity source.

Meditation helps us focus on the best possible way, while extending our sense of self. When we experience from an expanded perspective, catalyze our own healing. Through the power of Silence, we can find different solutions to problems provided free from the limiting patterns and programs of life.

Stress biology

The outer limits of the body are full of nerve endings which aims to raise the alarm when personal boundaries are violated. The pain you feel when he stepped on a nail, hitting his head against a shelf or burn your fingers with a match, I send strong signals to separate the offending agent who has crossed the threshold of his individuality without your permission.

The evolutionary basis of this reaction is obvious. If we do not protect our personal boundaries, we can not maintain our individuality. From amoebas to elephants, living entities have the innate disposition to defend themselves by flight or attack. Humans have benefited us through millions of years of biological evolution and have developed complex defense mechanisms that physically move us when we feel threatened. This reaction survival compels us to act aggressively to flee or fight when we perceive a threat. The American physiologist Walter Cannon described this reaction for the first time in 1930, but now we understand both the immediate benefits and long-term risks of this primitive reaction.

The reaction of escape or attack, under the direction of the nervous and endocrine systems, channels all the vital energy available to protect the person. When we feel threatened, the pupils dilate immediately to allow the passage of more light. The heart beats faster and more intensely to send more oxygen and energy to the tissues. The blood flow is diverted to the muscles spontaneously limb away from the digestive tract, because digestion ceases to have priority when we are in danger of becoming another dinner. Sweat glands produce sweat to prevent overheating of the body, whereas glucose levels are increased by complex changes of sugar regulating hormones. The adrenal glands produce adrenaline and noradrenaline, stress hormones, which can mobilize and harness the energy. It is obvious that promote the reaction of escape or attack when a tiger is about to devour is an adaptive and savior reflex. Given the limited nature of the natural defenses of the human being (we have no claws or fangs), the ability to quickly activate the reaction of escape or attack allowed in ancient times see the light every day as we developed the technology to master our environment.

In modern, save time in the field, the experience of physical threat rarely occurs. It's not very often that we run to save or chase prey to satiate hunger. However, we still tend to express aspects of the reaction of escape or attack when we fail to meet our needs. The urge to run or escape is almost to the surface when you are stuck in traffic, we opened a phone bill that seems too high, or discover a dent in our new car. These annoyances have a cumulative effect on our physiology and lead to increasingly turn our reaction without actually have the ability to release the pressure that builds up inside.

Considering the major hassles of modern life, many of which could be attributed to inappropriate activation of the reactions of flight or attack. The elevation of blood pressure, heart rate and activity of the cardiovascular system can be very useful when trying to run away from a tiger in the jungle, but engenders the risk of premature myocardial if a lawyer labor under great pressure. Divert blood from the digestive tract into the arms and legs is useful when trying to climb a tree to escape a pack of wolves, but predisposes a digestive disorder when it comes to exceed the speed limit to be on time the recital of a daughter. The elevated levels of blood sugar to bring energy to the tissues is useful when trying to hunt a wild beast, but it becomes diabetes and obesity when foods are consumed calories to maintain energy in order to work overnight. Adrenaline and noradrenaline, stress hormones, excite the mind and enhance metabolism, which is useful when it comes to run from a grizzly bear to be recalled its burrow. However, if the adrenal glands release these hormones when we are in financial trouble or in danger of going broke, they produce insomnia and anxiety. Addiction to alcohol or drugs (formulated or illegal), as well as other compulsive habits are produced in an effort to relieve the unpleasant symptoms of stress.

We value the reaction of escape or attack as part of our physiological arsenal in situations where we need to fight or flee for life, but can not afford the price of physical or emotional perpetually ready to react with aggression against a perceived threat. The wear to which we subject the mind and body when we perceive the world as a threatening place us sick, can engender maladjustment and ultimately lead to death. Fortunately, as we have the intrinsic propensity to trigger this reaction, we have the natural ability to cancel.

The physiology of conscious rest

Scholars and brain scientists have the neurological function divided into two main categories: voluntary and involuntary. The voluntary nervous system is involved when we button a shirt, answer the phone or run to reach the airport on time. The involuntary nervous system acts when it comes to regulating blood pressure, body temperature and keep moving food through the digestive system. Until the latter half of the twentieth century, neuroscience believed we could consciously influence the voluntary part of the nervous system, but not in the involuntary. However, from the 1950s, physiologists began to report cases of people who seemed to possess unique skills. It was observed that the monks who practiced Zen Buddhism could raise their body temperature through mental practice. Indian teachers could slow the heart rate through self yogi techniques. Others could drastically reduce the frequency and depth of breathing through meditation. At first, they ignored these reports anomalies considered inconsequential to our knowledge of human biology. However, when Western culture opened its mind to the phenomena of the East, scientists were curious about the physiology of yoga and meditation. During the 1960s and 1970s, college students across the world began to learn various techniques of meditation to expand consciousness and began reporting the beneficial changes in the mind and body.

These statements have attracted the interest of physiologists and physicians. Researchers from Harvard, MIT and Stanford connected to meditators machines electroencephalography, heart rate meters, galvanometers skin and breathing monitors. They analyzed the participants' blood to determine changes in hormone levels and psychological functioning assessed by batteries of tests. These investigations revealed that human beings have the ability to alter physiology in a way not considered possible before. The changes were sufficiently unique to that researchers begin to describe meditation as a fourth state of consciousness different from wakefulness, sleep and dreaming. The scientific term suggested was to hypometabolic been aware. We prefer the simplest expression of conscious rest.

Meditators can slow the heart rate, reduce your breathing patterns and lower your blood pressure through simple changes in attention and intention. They can reduce their levels of stress hormones and create coherent brain waves. We now know that almost everyone can learn to voluntarily influence your involuntary nervous system. This reaction is beneficial for the body, mind and soul, particularly of people trying to escape from the chains of addiction.

The physical benefits of conscious rest

Meditation produces benefits in the physical, psychological and spiritual levels. This multidimensional value for human life described for thousands of years in the traditions of oriental wisdom. Scientific studies of the last forty years have reaffirmed the fact that aside time to quiet the mind and relax the body results in positive changes to health.

In terms of physical health, regular practice of meditation affects all body systems. Meditation can relieve irritable bowel disease, reduce the frequency of migraines and improve immune function. Over time, you can reduce the risk of hypertension and improve heart function in people with coronary disease. The practice of meditation can reduce the need for analgesics in cases of chronic painful musculoskeletal diseases and cancer.

The rest conscious calm emotional turbulence

In terms of emotions, studies have shown that meditation can help reduce both anxiety and depression. By reducing anxiety and sadness, the person is less inclined to use drugs, alcohol or drug regulators affection, to modulate their emotions. Meditation helps to reduce the level of shock and silence the internal dialogue turbulence generator.

Our inner world of thoughts, feelings, memories and desires determines the quality of our life. For many of us, the idea of who we are depends on how comfortable we feel about our profession and our relationships. Sigmund Freud, the "father of psychoanalysis" said that "love and work are the cornerstones of our humanity". We live in a constant dialogue with ourselves about our work and our relationships. Meditation serves to temporarily interrupt the traffic of thoughts arise and allow new and different points of view that perhaps we had not considered previously.

When we understand the nature of mental activity, it is easier to value silence the mind in meditation. If you notice your mind, you will notice that each of your thoughts is related to something that happened in the past or something that might happen in the future. In traditional writings on meditation in India, it is said that the mind is active through a continuous cycle of three stages. At one stage, the mind records an impression. Because of her, passed to a second stage in which generated an intention to inquire a little more or a little less of that experience that gave rise to the impression. The intention leads to the third stage, which consists of an action or behavior. In Sanskrit, the action is karma, well-known term in the West. As a result of the action, new impressions, giving rise to new impressions are generated and new intentions.

This cycle of action → Print → intention → action is known in the Vedic and Buddhist traditions as "cycle of karma". It is the cycle that makes us always behave predictably in response to different situations, circumstances, people and things. It is at the root of all habits, favorable or unfavorable for life. To free yourself from habitual behaviors must free ourselves from the cycle of karma. This can not happen only through conscious intention, because the impressions are deeper than the conscious mind level. The fuel that keeps alive mental cycle is the meaning. The meaning we attribute to an experience triggers memories and feelings, which generate associations and intentions. For example, imagine strolling through a park and see a puppy. The puppy reminds the dog that was in its infancy. The memories and feelings associated with the puppy activate other images of his childhood. That reminded of the time when his father, led by anger, kicked the dog for soiling the carpet. The feelings caused by the memory are bothersome, so he decides to stop at the bar for a drink on the way home. Impressions emanating desires, which in turn engender actions. Meditation interrupts mental cycle because it introduces an impression which does not contain any urgent meaning. Printing can be watching the breath, watching the flame of a candle, watch the free movement of forms or repeating a mantra. Regardless of the method used, the value of meditation is to temporarily silence the incessant activity of the mind. When the mind enters the space between thoughts, the body also relaxes. Experience is peace of mind and physical relaxation. It is the conscious rest. The subjective experience of conscious Sleep is a state of relaxation in wakefulness. When the mind is active, have a focus on internal or externally generated things. We can be aware of a thought, a feeling, a memory or a wish. We can be aware of a sound, a feeling, an image, a taste or aroma. These internal and external experiences absorb our attention and generate emotional reactions to the object of our attention.

During meditation, the mind is awake but disconnected from internal and external objects. The rest of conscious experience brings peace of mind and tranquility to the body. More important is the fact that this balance is achieved in meditation is maintained during periods of activity. Meditators observed frequent greater stability during the day.

The repetitive thoughts that restrict our perspective and limit our creativity drive us to seek temporary relief through addictive behaviors. Meditation offers a technology to access some different points of view. A balanced mind free from anxiety and turmoil is more powerful and creative. When disconnecting the mind, we can gain access to freedom and creativity that resides in the space between the patterns of conditioned thinking. By switching activity with periodic immersion in silence, cultivate healing, creativity and balance. Peace obtained in meditation is manifested in thought, word and action.

Meditation to awaken the soul

The average experience of conscious rest through meditation results in physical benefits for the body because physiological imbalances product neutralizes stress. Meditation also helps improve the psychological state that reduces mental agitation associated with worry, nervousness and insomnia. These advantages alone reaffirm the value of meditation as a tool for healing and transformation. However, the traditional role of meditation is to serve as a means for spiritual development, and this is where it contributes more deeply to free ourselves from our negative habits.

The spiritual path is the suffering that leads to peace. Life is short and is beset with difficulties. All human beings live moments of confusion during which we experience moments of anxiety and insecurity about what is to come. Spiritual practice gives us the peace we need to feel connected with a dimension of our being that is beyond the concern derived from confusion. Does not really matter if we give this dimension the name of God, spirit, nature, creative intelligence or consciousness, despite the religious battles that have been released by that name. The important thing is to have access to that level of consciousness through direct experience. As part of the process of building our individuality, we cling to ideas, people and things that presents the world. Our ego-our identity is developed through our relationships with external objects. In early childhood, we develop our sense of "I" through our connection to family members. This sense of self expands rapidly through our relationships with places and things, like toys, pets, schools. As we mature, we welcome certain ideas about the world and ourselves. Through the feedback we receive from those around us, we can conclude that we are intelligent or stupid, beautiful or ugly, quick or slow, kind or unpleasant. We can appropriate religious ideas and policies and identify as Christians or Muslims, liberals or conservatives. In adulthood we define our identity even more through our jobs and responsibilities: "I'm a lawyer," "I am a teacher", "I am a mother".

We met a number of functions and we appropriate countless things and ideas that change over time. The essential spiritual question is: Who am I in the midst of my positions, possessions and beliefs? The question is essential because we can not have lasting peace while our identity remains entrenched in the field of change. If my office in an organization defines my identity, then who am when I stop to hold office? If the direction of what I am dependent on my relationship with another person, who am when the relationship ends?

The spiritual value of meditation lies in expanding the internal reference point, which leads us to stop identifying with the functions, things and beliefs, to identify with the aspect of our being that is precisely conscious. My conscience ever present observer provides the continuity of my experiences in the world, but transcends all objects of identification. When Siddhartha Gautama became the Buddha, his disciples asked him to define himself. Was it God? A prophet? A saint? The enlightened master humbly stated that the most accurate way to answer the question he was saying simply, "I am awake."

The way of the internal reference point occurs spontaneously through constant practice of meditation, during which clarifies increasingly the experience of being conscious but without mental activity. Direct experience of "being awake" begins to imbue all our daily activities. We further present our underlying consciousness as we represent our various roles in the world. The average experience of conscious rest cultivate the psychology of a quiet mind and awakens and a body in which we feel comfortable. It enables a state of inner peace emanating regardless of external sources. Anchored in this platform conscious rest, we lose the compulsion to alter consciousness through drugs and alcohol because these substances negatively impact the state of inner peace.

To get started meditation

There are many paths to silence. Without a formal technique, most people have been able to glimpse the gap between thoughts through experiences that leave "without breath". A magnificent sunset, a beautiful rainbow, or the amazing view of the mountains, can fully place ourselves in the present and temporarily silence the chatter of the mind. Hear a canon of Bach, receive a wonderful message, enjoy a delicious dinner or orgasm in sex can also quiet the mind and relax the body temporarily.

The practice of meditation as taught by Ishaya Monks is a reliable way to the conscious rest, regardless of the circumstances. Direct access to the silence beyond the chaos of the inner and outer worlds is a good ally in our quest for peace.

At Holistic Health Care our Ishaya Monk, Sathya Sanda Ishaya, will teach you simple and effective techqniques to achieve getting into your Silence. These ancient techniques are specially based on Praise, Gratitude, Love and Compassion. With these techniques, we have seen that anyone, regardless of their prior experience, their religion or age, can quickly learn to silence the internal chatter of the mind and relax. We have over several hundred instructors certified to teach meditation in the world (Contact us for information).

Print power to their intentions through silence

Through the years, we have served thousands of people who want to make healthier choices. The difficulty to translate good intentions into works is universal. Based on our observations, we have come to the conclusion that the most powerful intentions to print medium is through the constant practice of meditation. Like the archer who is launching his arrow, when we quiet the mind can focus all our attention on our goals, to provide the energy needed to manifest our desires.

Most people who come to Holistic Health Care in order to transform their unhealthy habits in healthy habits achieve success. Every time someone comes along who could modify their behavior but later relapsed, always start with the following question: Do you still meditate three times a day? And we repeat that we have never seen relapses in people adopting the practice of meditating regularly. Meditation provides the basis for the conscious commitment to heal and transform. We urge you to spend time to quiet your mind every day for at least twenty minutes or, what is best ttwenty minutes three times a day.
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