The Exciting History of the Ancient Practice of Meditation

December 14, 2012

You must be aware of the popularity of meditation these days.

You might even think that it is a form of a style statement.

Did you know that the History of Meditation traces way back to the birth of civilization itself? Tantric meditation was the first type of meditation that was mentioned in the ancient Hindu scripts which are over five thousand years old.

The hunter-gatherer population of the ancient civilization was the first group of people to employ this tantric meditation to explore different planes of consciousness. They also used this to gain a retrospective view of their lives. From those humble beginnings, meditation has become a universal phenomenon.

You must be wondering what the first step was in the history of meditation, right? It was its adoption by a major religious figure. The first major historical figure to incorporate meditation into daily life was the Buddha.

The Buddha has been able to influence the practice and spread of meditation to such an extent that now nearly one in five people in the world have awareness about meditation. One in six people in the world accept that meditation has many benefits and one in ten people in the world are regular practitioners of meditation. Meditation has now been included in the fitness regimes of major cultural icons, world famous celebrities and powerful world leaders. The most popular styles of meditation originate from India. Did you find that informative?

You must be wondering now: When did meditation become popular in the west? Well, although the history of meditation was well known for thousands of years in the east, it was not until the 1900’s that it began to be recognized in western countries. The organized practice of meditation first took place in the city of New York in the 1960’s.

Meditation was formally studied by many scientists and researchers to ascertain its purported benefits. The results were unanimous: almost all the people who tested for the benefit of meditation stated that at the very least, it led to an immediate reduction in stress and cortisol levels. It also relaxed the various heart muscles and the nerves of the spinal cord.

Are you finally convinced that meditation is a holistic form of treatment? Well for your information, it is completely psychosomatic. It has no side effects or contraindications. It is quite simply the manipulation of the conscious state of the body in order to tap into the subconscious state.

Meditation can be used as a natural anti-anxiety or anti-depressant. It taps into the lower brain wave states that cause a release of serotonin and oxytocin. These neurochemicals are responsible for stabilizing mood and achieving natural calm and satisfaction. The physical benefits of meditation include reduced muscle rigidity, increased flexibility and a reduction in unwanted weight. These are just a few examples.

Meditation has been touted as a form of exercise that aids in addiction recovery and impulse control. Such addictions as drug and alcohol, sex and gambling can be reduced and even overcome completely through the regular practice of meditation. Meditation also makes a person more conscious of his or her surroundings.

Hence there are also reports of increased self-esteem.

The history of meditation is a testament to the control of the mind over the body. So next time, why don’t you consider giving meditation a shot!

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