As a useful tool for promoting the mind-body fitness, meditation can be integrated into your fitness program to train your mind and body concurrently just the same way as you train your muscles. While improving the connections between the mind and the body, meditation can also help keep the balance between them. In this busy world, stress can cause the imbalance between the mind and the body, while meditation can help restore such balance toward homeostasis, a harmonious state between the mind and the body. By promoting your own mind power, meditation provides a better path toward homeostasis than medication pills such as aspirin and antacids, in a natural way without the adverse side effects.
Most importantly, meditation can help you achieve happiness. As many studies have pointed out, those who were happy and satisfied with their lives had much lower rates of serious diseases compared to those who were “thoroughly dissatisfied.” Happiness is not only important for your mind, but also critical for your body. At least half of the physical diseases have been considered to be related to stress. Long term or chronic stress has been associated with headaches, back pain, fatigue, chronic indigestion, ulcers, heart problems, and immune dysfunctions including suppressed immunity and autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis.
Meditation is not to make you out of touch with or get away from reality. Instead, it is to help you more focused on the present moment. Most meditation techniques can promote concentration and increase the focus of attention. Many of us are so absorbed in stressful events that we are not aware of what we are thinking, what we are doing, or even where we are.
In addition to meditation sessions, we can also practice mindfulness when we are doing our daily jobs, being aware and awake, paying attention to our mind and our body, paying attention to the people around us and our environment, and paying attention to the work we are doing. We do not need to control or worry about these things. We don’t have to judge these things. We just need to observe and experience them. We can just watch or observe our thoughts as a third person, observe how they come and go, without any judgments, and without being engaged.