|The Compassion and Understanding of Kuan Yin|
There has been extensive research and documented benefits of meditation. Dr. Herbert Benson, a Harvard Medical School professor, has studied meditation and found the effects to stimulate the relaxation response, bringing about decreased stress levels, lower blood pressure, and improved sleep and heart function. Stress can interfere with our body's natural balance, making us less immune to disease and infection. Relaxation, clarity, calmness and kindness allows our bodies to be in a state conducive to healing and accepting of love.
I have learned and practiced only two types of meditation, both of which bring me back from my wayward thoughts and endless to - do lists made in my head. Vippassana meditation, or insight meditation is a detached observation of the mind and body from moment to moment. This includes any technique that cultivates insight, including contemplation, introspection, observations of bodily sensations (I use the breath) and lived experiences. Loving kindness meditation is a more focused technique that offers a way to wish ourselves and others well. It acts as a form of Reiki by sending out signals of energy rooted in love, and stands by the belief that all living things are interconnected.
It can start with phrases such as:
May I/We be well.
May I/We be free from suffering.
May I/We be free from greed, hatred and delusion.
May I/We live lovingly.
May I/We be peaceful and at ease.
May I/We be safe.
May I/We be happy.
May I/We become wise and compassionate.
The transition of meditation is noted in stages from the self, to others, and then to all living beings.
The Relaxation Response Herbert Benson
Mindfulness in Plain English B.H. Gunaratana