Stress Prevention & Reduction for Minorities: Part 7 – Meditation, Spirituality, Adequate Sleep

Meditation

Is a state of concentrating on some object or thought. It usually involves a person turning his or her attention inward to a single thing. The benefits of meditation can result in a higher state of consciousness. Meditation is recognized as a component of eastern religions, where it has been practiced for many centuries. Different meditation techniques have a wide range of spiritual and/or psychophysical practices which can focus on developing either a high degree of mental concentration, or the apparent opposite, mental quietness.

 

Meditation can be practiced anywhere – at home, during public transportation, or almost anywhere else. Although more research is needed about the role of meditation for medical treatment, some research shows that it may be helpful for allergies, arthritis, hypertension or high blood pressure, and heart disease as well as several other conditions.

Spirituality

Spirituality links physical, mental and spiritual health. It includes:

  –  Feelings of love – for self, for others, and for nature

  –  Joy of living
  –  Faith in a higher being or force, or in a perceived inner force
  –  Belief in Others

In addition to reducing stress, spirituality is for many, “A Unifying Thread for Minority Health”. In fact, Health Power considers the link between physical, mental and spiritual health so important that its website has both a distinct Mental Health Channel and Spiritual Health Channel, and we recommend that both be visited, since each is only ‘One Click Away.  For example, an article about “The Connection of Our Spiritual Threads and Heritage to our Health” by a Health Power Spiritual Health Channel Editor, Darci Graves, provides an important overview. Other content in the Spiritual Health Channel includes stress preventing and reducing poems, quotes by the known and the unknown, and verses from the Bible and other sacred texts.

It’s important for a person to see his or her doctor if one of the following two things happens, because they could both be signals of an important medical problem:

(1) .A change in the normal sleeping pattern develops,or

(2)  There is a long-term problem with insomnia.

Much more information on Spirituality is provided on the Health Power website Spiritual Health Channel.

 


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