Stress for long can kill
Stress can kill when it amounts to "deadly doses" for a long time. Otherwise it is related to many common diseases. Among the physical ones, estimates of doctors range between 50 and 90 percent. "Related" means either wholly caused by stress, or partially caused by it.
Stress influences a lot of people, and sets its marks on many - hardly for good in the long term. Thus, stress and its most relevant causes could need to be dealth with in jolly good time - at best before there is stress, by stress prevention. The next best is to handle the causes of stress when the stress is mild. The third best is to seek therapy before the ill effects have gone too far.
Stress prevention and stress handling had better be common knowledge, if you consider the diverse, harmful effects and diseases it may give rise to, either by itself or along with other factors.
At this point you are referred to gentle, all-round surveys (bottom of page). Add to it: If you learn to relax wisely and methodically, you could bulwark against stress, many harmful effects of highly paced modern living, and enjoy life more or better. It depends much on you.
Sound relaxation and fit skills can help a life
To learn to meditate wisely is not impossible. Many could thrive more and better by meditating wisely and well. Much depends on the good method. And every little sitting may help you guard and evolve rest for mind and body. Regular resting periods may counteract stress to some extent. [Smith 2004:505].
Go about your business fit and to the point, linking up to your advantage. Do not exploit your inner reserves. It hardly works all right to force anyone to get calm and uncomplaining; it is hardly different with your deeper mind. Life may get easier on you if you learn to stand by your assets and even increase them - save money, for example - than to dispense with things. Many teach meditation and yoga these days. The Western lifestyle and its strains and abuses is a great reason, for yoga and meditation counteract it, or gives release - Few consider that if you can stand more exploitation and abuse - by mainstream yoga and meditation and many other ways, you do not manage ideally. You have to build a life-style that fits you too, ideally, and lets you improve your conditions also.
Heaven is said to be inside. 'Heaven' is a word, what is inside is the Deep Mind
Many big-sounding words and ideas may appear and disturb the practice. There is at times a deep need to digest hard experiences - it is not so bad to be distracted by the mental handling of it in the meditation. You get caught on a memory train and try to stay aware anyway, focusing on the method as best you can till you get aware that - oops, you drifted again. This happens to many, and not seldom. Try to avoid or lessen it by steady, relaxed focus on your fit method. Otherwise memories, memory fractions, reveries, and other distractions may crowd out very much of the time you have set off for practice. The risk is waste of time. If you contemplate well for a while, maybe you get happy.
You can follow suit and link up to the very best ancestors
To follow suit in these times, an education is much to go for. And so are instructions from your nearest of kin, hopefully. Maybe you can take off from accumulated winnings of near ones if you find them interesting. If not, I suggest you let it be, and stick to your main motivations. They do not tend to be fickle, and maybe they lead to gains to be had. Who knows.
Learn to relax as you perform chores at home and at work, and you may be spared much trouble. You may need to know how to handle some persons too, even psychopath bosses above you. Many diseases are psychosomatic, one half to two thirds of most common ailments have a psychosomatic component, medical doctors estimate. (Smith 505)
Check now and then how well you are doing in various alleys; some self-tests assist it. Maybe you can ferret them out and sort out the rubbish tests. There are difference between "all sorts of tests", valid tests, and reliable tests. It pays to discern between them, and go for reliable, valid wisdom too. And do not be reckless or sloppy about meditating if you do not have an experienced instructor. If your attainments go beyond those of the instructor's, you may be ill advised by that one. [Ams 477 ff.
Adjust to how the mind works naturally: allow it its say as you practice. Tune into hints from the poignant dreams you get as you move ahead - that is one method. ◊
Mud can be filtered and also allowed to settle
Minds are compared to lakes, and some lakes are muddy. A sitting (session) is like clearing the water of the mind so it gets limpid. Ruminating on experiences may assist the filtering. The mind is an intriguing thing to understand, and so is the psychosomatic connection - how mind operates in the body and sensing, and how the body and sensing affects the mind. The Deep Mind is the thing to go into in deep meditation, and thoughts of Padma-Sambhava are well worth noting. Being literal about descriptions of "heavens" and other things outside of your experience, may serve to block you from having a keen, alert mind that registers the experiences you do have. In short, being literal-minded may block you. [Link]. ◊
Be recurrently divested of language for more time and harvest many benefits A man should go for benefits that accrue and tend to get stored in good neighbourhoods if possible. When you know how to, think hamsa, but not as it is written, though.
A man should go for benefits that accrue and tend to get stored in good neighbourhoods if possible
Meditation can be variously described as "sound diving", "diving", "slipping" and even "insensible flying". If you do not have meditation experiences, these terms may not tell much, unless you read into stories and sayings of yogis where they are used. Ramakrishna is one source of such formulations. He describes meditation experiences at length in a large work, The Gospel of Ramakrishna. It is in part on-line these days.
Allusions and figurative mentions are not easy to deal with for the literal-minded of fixed mentalities and stubborn habits. Maintain integrity and lax proficiency as best he can, if surrounded by them. And the effects or fruits of "gentle slips" (meditation sessions) by "duck sounds" and the like as you fathom your inner sides - "plumb yourself", well, they may be accumulative. It means you can build health reserves through the best meditation methods available in the West. But not all are for free.
Effects of some meditation methods:
There are many needs in a life. Sound preparations may spare troubles also.
Be recurrently divested of language for more time and harvest many benefits
Regular periods, remain tidy, enjoy titbits of nature. The sight of a duck, goose, or swan in the sky: Is a flying duck something to look up to as it passes you overhead? You do not have to be a hunter to appreciate the bird. Aesthetic pleasures reach high. The first experience of higher states came to Paramahansa Ramakrishna when he was a boy of seven or so and looked up one day. There he saw some swans flying across the sky - the sight took his breath away and he fell into a swoon. You do not have to do that to rally nature sights.
Koan: Saying "swan" in Sanskrit, do you make yourself into one in time?
You should know exactly how to and eliminate possible bad sides to the enterprise, if possible. A complete training program may pave the way for you and go a long way. But do not overdo it.
SIMPLY. In traditional yoga the regenerative effects of good meditation methods are said to depend in part on how you live also. [Yoga essentials].
There are many who exploit the earth, verdure, animals, and less lucky humans. Exploited ones, for example in the stress of living in cities, may feel deplete of energy and start to feel lacks. Some turn to miracle helpers "as shown on TV" and so on, others turn to self-help training and instructions. Peel of the "fantastic" from the ads, and see if the things are "neat and handy" instead. If so, they may be worth buying, if affordable.
The same goes for self-help methods. Learn to check if the methods or other means really work, and judge how good the proof is and how far it goes. Take a look at the teacher and tone - is it dogmatic? Is your part in "the play" "the little one"? Maybe you are made an ass of already there. It could be. Authoritarian structures and attitudes demand that some are "bottomers" (under-dogs).
One ought to put meditation in perspective. Be alerted to this: Proficiency helps:
In order not to be misunderstood here: Good yoga is good for many, many. There are good reasons to focus on winning streaks and parts of yoga and meditation. That could work well for a long time. Seek to get informed about what you could be up to in gross outline before you invest mind, other resources, and valuable time. That shows good sense. Steer along and drop abuse.
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