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Mantra meditation* has been practiced in India for thousands of years because people knew that it reduces stress, calms the mind and increases inner peace. In the 1970s medical researchers at Harvard University began studying mantra meditation. They found that during the practice of mantra meditation the body has what they call the relaxation response, which gives the body deep rest that is deeper than the rest from sleep. They also found that through regular meditation that that deep rest builds up in the body over time, and it is that deepening reservoir of rest that reduces stress and results in the many benefits of mantra meditation.
Stress accounts for over 60% of doctor visits. So building on their studies those Harvard researchers then developed a form of mantra meditation that easily elicits the relaxation response and started teaching that meditation to doctors through Harvard Medical School. Inner Peace Meditation is based in part on that meditation developed at Harvard and in part on decades of mantra meditation practice by the staff of InnerPeaceMeditation.org.
Harvard researchers and others continued to study meditation and found that it can lower blood pressure, cholesterol and the risk of heart disease and stroke, can help relieve stress, depression, insomnia, sleeplessness, anxiety and worry, and can increase productivity, learning, happiness, well being and inner peace. And people report having more mindfulness and deeper transcendence from Inner Peace Meditation and that it's easy to learn.
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There are many different types of meditation being taught today under many different names by many different groups. As you investigate learning to meditate we suggest that you consider two points:
First, meditation has been freely handed down from generation to generation for thousands of years. In recent years however teaching meditation has become a billion dollar industry that is often more interested in your money than in your well-being. So when you must pay to learn meditation be cautious. Even when learning from a non profit group your teacher and their managers may be getting paid modestly while the very top people may be getting rich through salaries, fees, gifts, etc. (as opposed to distributions, which are not permitted). Also, many meditation groups and teachers claim that their meditation is the best, or that it contains some sort of magic, but such claims are unproven.
Second, the primary goal of many who teach meditation today is to convert you to their religious or spiritual beliefs rather than to advance your well-being. Some initiate you into their religion or spiritual group when they teach you meditation, often without you even being aware of it. Others try to convert you by interpreting your experiences of meditation for you in the language of their beliefs. It is our experience that the benefits of meditation come soley from meditating, not from any such initiations or beliefs.
The staff of Inner Peace Meditation has been practicing mantra meditation for over 40 years on average. We continue to meditate regularly because it still helps us better manage and balance our lives. However meditation is not THE answer to having a happy, balanced life, it is only a part of that answer. If you invite too much stress into your life you will be stressed out even if you meditate. When you behave badly towards others that also creates stress in your life. So meditate regularly, but remember that to have a happy, balanced life you must also be honest, do a good job at whatever you do, and treat others the way you want them to treat you.
* Inner Peace Meditation is nondirective mantra meditation. Other meditation techniques classified as nondirective are the Relaxation Response and Transcendental Meditation® according to the research report "Nondirective Meditation Activates Default Mode Network and Areas Associated with Memory Retrieval and Emotional Processing" in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience; 2014: 8:86.
Nondirective meditations are based on effortlessness and acceptance of mind wandering whereas directive meditations are based on exerting effort to resist thoughts and mind wandering. The above research report found that nondirective meditation activates the default mode network of the brain more than directive meditation, which means nondirective meditation provides deeper rest than directive meditations such as mindfulness.
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