Meditation is the process of slowing down our mind, and controlling our stream of thoughts. It’s achieved mainly by controlling our breath. Breathing, when we focus on it, acts as the connection between our mind and our body. By taking slow, soft, rhytmic breaths, we calm down both our body and our mind, and before long, we’re meditating. We achieve a state of deep relaxation.
Everything slows down, the outside world ceases to exist, and we connect with what’s going on inside us. As we do that, the brainwave patterns in our brain begin to change. From a beta state where our mind is busy even a beginner meditator can quickly go into an alpha state which already feels quite nice.
Then, with some practice, we start calming our mind enough to produce Theta brainwaves, which is when the real fun begins. This state of relaxation is unlike anything a non-meditator has ever experienced, and is also the source of a lot of insights.
Finally, the Zen Buddhist masters have been shown in EEG’s to produce Delta brainwaves, which is the same as normal people in deep restorative sleep.
From our perspective, we just feel progressively more relaxed, light, and eventually (in my case at least), I feel like my body doesn’t exist anymore. I just feel the energy all over specially in my hands. -
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