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April 27, 2015
Yoga and Meditation for Less Violence
Yoga and meditation is believed and has indeed been proven to have a lot of physiological and psychological benefits to people. At such, someone who may have been quite violent in the past or present may enroll for yoga and meditation classes with the hopes of curbing the vice thereby becoming less violent.
Through yoga and meditation, one tends to become more self aware of what’s going on in their lives and therefore develops the need to become more satisfied with which they are. At such, the likelihood of one developing mood swings or becoming angry unnecessary is less likely. This is all because people who are satisfied and content do not feel the need to be involved in acts that may harm other individuals.
Moreover, through yoga and meditation, the levels of lactate and cortisol are reduced. With the reduction of these two, one’s levels of stress are highly decreased and since it’s out of stress that one is believed to become more violent, then it’s clear that a reduction in these will make one less violent. Furthermore, yoga and meditation tends to increase the levels one’s emotional stability and happiness. As direct as it may sound, it is less likely to have someone become violent when they are happy, for violence is usually brought upon by feelings of anger.
In addition, there is the issue of one being able to reflect on their past behaviors and actions during the time when they are meditating. Within this time frame, one is able to analyze every aspect of their behavior from different viewpoints and out of this, they can easily get to sympathize or even empathize with their victim(s). This is made possible for one gets to be presented with a second chance to take a look at their actions, and as it has always been, the second chance always makes us ashamed of the first actions.
Therefore, it’s indeed more than clear that yoga and meditation is a great way to curb the behavior of violent kids as well as that of adults towards making them less violent individuals. But more importantly is that they learn to do so while keeping fit.
April 27, 2015
I agree that the world would be much more peaceful if everyone meditated.
Two Forms of Meditation
Yogic philosophy includes two broad categories of meditation. In Samadhi, or concentration meditation, we focus on a particular object, idea, or concept. In Vipassana, or insight meditation, we dwell on something, such as a situation or feeling, in order to gain insight or analyze it.
The Sanskrit word “Samadhi” refers to the highest state of consciousness, or the blissful stage during which we become at one with the universe. An old saying from Vedic teachings says, “Concentration is the arrow. Meditation is the bow.” In the Buddhist tradition, there are over 40 objects of focus, including mantras, breath, earth, water, fire, and air. Among these, breath is one of the most popular.
When we practice this type of meditation, we focus on a single subject to gain revelations into its mysteries. When we do this, our minds quiet down, and we enter a higher realm of consciousness. Samadhi meditation includes nine mental stages, beginning with evoking the object of focus and ending with self-realization.
The goal of Vipassana, or insight meditation, is to remove illusions so that we can see things as they really are. Taught by the Buddha as an art of living, insight meditation helps us to make changes in our lives based on our observations of our thoughts and actions.
When we see the world as it really is, we no longer behave in ways that hurt ourselves, others, or the world around us. As a result, we stop reacting to the things that happen to us and take a balanced approach to life, one that includes compassion and wisdom. According to the Buddhist tradition, when we give up our attachments, we also give up our pain.
Benefits of Meditation
We meditate because we want to understand the mysteries of life, remove the veils that separate us from our own truth, become more compassionate, and experience feelings of being connected with something bigger than ourselves. While there may be mystical moments of bliss, the goal is simply to be present in the moment. As Ram Dass says, “Be here now.”
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