Nirvana is the state of liberation and meditation, It provides freedom from suffering, reached by the human being when his spiritual search ends when he is free of bondage. Nirvana can be translated as the cessation or extinction of suffering from the attachment of material desires, which only bring suffering and do not elevate the spirit. is a state of the Buddhist, Hindu and Jainism religions.
Nirvana is associated with peace and stillness. By experiencing this state, the person abandons the false idea of the self and despoils consciousness, desire, necessity and hatred. It is, in a way, an absolute truth.
Defining meditation is complicated, because it is a very abstract concept that each person lives in a particular way. For some it can have religious or spiritual connotations, while for others it is an intellectual method to silence the internal bustle and get more creative or emotionally positive states.
Meditation, as practiced by Buddhist monks and practitioners, has become a spiritual tool and health enhancer in one. More than just the chants and meditative posture, meditation is about proper breathing and concentration of one’s thoughts. As a health and spiritual practice, meditation came into prominence centuries ago in the East where people’s lives and culture demanded a way to “escape” the realities of life.
Types of meditation
There are two types of meditation; the concentrative and the mindfulness type. concentrate is more on the person’s concentration, sitting quietly and calmly with good breathing patterns. It is said that the one’s mind is somewhat connected to one’s breath of air.
Continuous rhythm of inhales and exhales of the breath will make the person feel more calm and relaxed, focusing on their steady flow of air in and out of their bodies. This will result in the mind being more aware and tranquil at the same time. Mindfulness, on the other hand, involves attention and awareness on passing wave of sensations, images, feelings, thoughts, sounds, smell, anything that your body can interact with.
This in turn will give the person a more non-reactive mind state, much like looking at a television, without any feeling or thoughts that can bother you away.
Benefits of Meditation
The practice of meditation has very specific physiological effects on the organism, that have also been demonstrated by science, which always seems to give some security in our civilization, even though many other wonderful disciplines do not find their niche in the scientific method and that does not make them less effective.
But well, lovers of scientific evidence will like to know that there are more and more clinical and scientific studies that demonstrate the effect of meditation on different areas of the brain:
- Power Mental and physical health
- Increases the intellectual quotient
- Develops emotional intelligence and empathy
- Improves memory
- Relieves stress, anxiety and depression
- Reduces blood pressure
- Increases happiness (literally)