This meditation fact sheet contains information about several types of meditation, all slightly different, but still related.
One of the first place to start if you want to live the life you're like to live is to begin meditating. Meditation will directly impact on your parasympathetic nervous system, relaxing muscles and dilating blood vessels.
Ainslie Meares worked for 30 years as a psychiatrist and used meditation extensively in the treatment of psychosomatic and psychoneurotic illnesses.
He died in 1986, but his books are widely read and still readily available.
Here is some of what he had to say about meditation.
How Meditation Works
The brain operates on a range of brain-wave patterns, measured in cycles per second.
When the brain is operating at the Alpha brain wave level and you are relaxed and calm, the parasympathetic nervous system is stimulated; muscles relax, blood vessels dilate and you begin to achieve a more balanced state of health.
At the Alpha level we experience the state of deep relaxation which is very useful in managing the stress of becoming smoke free, by calming the body and re-establishing equilibrium within the nervous and endocrine systems.
You will have felt the Alpha state on waking up, when you are drifting from the Theta through to the Beta state.
Creative Visualisation can you picture that?
The Alpha level can also be used as a powerful medium for tapping into your sub-conscious mind, where you can create and then affirm a powerful image of what it is you want from life; short, medium and long term.
In this case we want it to create a powerful movement toward being smoke free.
At the Alpha brain wave level you can begin to feed visualizations into the unconscious, the aim being to reprogram the unconscious so that it starts to work toward the achievement of your goal of being smoke free.
This means that the unconscious is working toward your objective of being smoke free, even while you are not!
To get into the Alpha state when you are awake, sit or lie comfortably, close your eyes, take a deep breath and as you breathe out count from 3 down to 1 and relax.
Imagine a large screen in front of your eyes and visualize on that screen a picture of yourself as a fit and healthy person, smoke free, living the lifestyle and doing all things a smoke free person does.
Visualize aspects of the major areas of your life and how you would like them to be.
Visualize yourself doing all the things you need to do to reach and then maintain the smoke free lifestyle.
To return from the Alpha state to the Beta state, count from 1 to 3. Before you begin counting affirm that 'when I awake I will be feeling absolutely fantastic and in perfect health.' Start counting. When your eyes are open, affirm that you are 'wide awake, feeling absolutely fantastic and in perfect health.'
In the early part of this Century, in a Paris suburb, Emile Coue established an autosuggestion clinic. Coue became famous for an autosuggestion which he encouraged his patients to repeat out loud to themselves twenty times, twice each day. He described it as his general formula.
'Day by day, in every way, I'm getting better and better.'
The success of his clinic in restoring people to good health was based on the premise that
And healed they were.'
According to Brooks, 'The unconscious, in its character of surveyor over our mental and physical functions, knows far better than the conscious the precise failings and weaknesses which have the greatest need of attention. The general formula supplies it (the unconscious) with a fund of healing, strengthening power, and leaves it to apply this at the points where the need is most urgent.'
You are encouraged to adopt Coue's general formula and use it twice a day, preferably just on waking and just before going to sleep.
Books and Tapes
to visit the Health and Fitness Bookstore and search for books on stress
management and meditation.