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By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 12/6/2019 11:35:12 AM IST

 “The relaxation response from meditation helps decrease metabolism, lowers blood pressure, and improves heart rate, breathing, and brain waves,” Benson says. 

Tension and tightness seep from muscles as the body receives a quiet message to relax. There’s scientific evidence showing how meditation works. Any condition that’s caused or worsened by stress can be alleviated through meditation, says cardiologist Herbert Benson, MD, well known for three decades of research into the health effects of meditation. 

He is the founder of the Mind/Body Institute at Harvard Medical School’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. In people who are meditating, brain scans called MRI have shown an increase in activity in areas that control metabolism and heart rate. 

Other studies on Buddhist monks have shown that meditation produces long-lasting changes in the brain activity in areas involved in attention, working memory, learning, and conscious perception. “Meditation is not difficult to learn,” Chapman tells WebMD. “You don’t need to see a therapist 40 times to learn it. But like tennis, it’s a skill. 

You need to practice. In time, people develop the ability to produce these meditative, very relaxed states very quickly. When they meditate several times during the day, they become more relaxed during the entire day.”

1. What is Raja Yoga ?

Rajyoga is the king of all Yogas. Raja means (King) and Yoga means(Communication). Raja Yoga is communication between the self and the Higher Being (God). Raja Yoga is not physical exercise, rather it is an easy mental exercise. Raja Yoga transcends the mind beyond the body and creates lasting peaceful experiences. 

2.Why is Raja Yoga Meditation Unique ?

Meditation is practised with the eyes open. There are no postures, physical exercise or breathing exercise. We take our mind beyond the influence of the body. This creates an experience of freedom and deep inner peace. The body automatically relaxes: “mind over matter.” There are no mantras. We learn to make our mind our best friend and harness its power. This brings about newness in the way I think about myself and the world I live in. Involves understanding the ‘self’ and the ‘Supreme Being’

3. Gain freedom from Stress and Anxiety

Everyone wants to gain freedom from stress and anxiety and yoga has been promoted as a go to tool for the ultimate relief. However though Yoga deals with the breathing process, meditation technique of Rajyoga deals with the mind and its state of calmness. For example if someone is angry or shouting at you then you cant deep breathing and practising yoga asanas but a calm mind you can handle the situation

4. Improve Personal Relationships

Personal relationships can improve with 2 main aspects which is the core of Rajyoga Meditation practice. 1) Each one of us is a soul and a child of one Spiritual Father, GOD. The soul has no religion attached to it. 2) Everyone has weaknesses but there is also some quality in each one. Start looking at the qualities and is always useful to face the situation.

B.K. Sis Rupa,Centre Incharge of Brahma Kumaris,Kohima.


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