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Better Meditation Therapy for People in Utah

Better Meditation Therapy for People in Utah

Meditation is the practice of reflection and present awareness. It is typically characterized by concentrating on a single stimulus—breathing, a candle flame, a soothing voice—as a way to quiet the mind and achieve a state of relaxed focus. The practice is correlated with a number of physical and mental health benefits including:

  • Improved, stabilized mood
  • Increased capacity for concentration
  • Lower levels of cortisol, stress, and anxiety
  • Slower respiratory rate
  • Better cardio-vascular health (blood pressure, heart rate, circulation)
  • Better neurological health


Who can Meditate?

The easiest way to introduce yourself to meditation is to give it a try. Though some take to it more naturally than others, anyone can meditate with practice. In fact, those who struggle at first may end up discovering the most satisfying results. Other people may not discover a lifelong love and yet be better for the experience anyway. If you’ve been struggling with a lot of anxiety or panic attacks, for example, here’s a personal account we recommend to better understand how the meditative experience may interact with your mental health.


Who has Time to Meditate?

It could be work, family, the church, or any number of hobbies, many people in Utah will recognize how little time they have. We’re not going to make blanket statements about how you should prioritize your life. Plus, there are a lot of ways to potentially strengthen your mental health. But for those who do find enjoyment in mediation, it’s a good idea to stay in the habit. Much like physical exercise, even a few minutes every day is better than nothing.

That said, we also suggest you take stock of how much you’re getting out of your time, especially in comparison to the past. When a crappy mood, lack of concentration, crushing self-doubt, manic episode, or overwhelming anxiety cause serious disruption to your life, it may be time to talk to a mental health professional about creating a more comprehensive plan to restore your mental health.


Religious and Spiritual Meditation

A lot of people in Utah have questions about the religious significance of meditation. While the practice is common in Buddhism, know that the vast majority of religions and religious communities believe the practice to be a positive spiritual influence. LDS members can find a discussion of meditation’s spiritual value from church leaders, as well as specific tips from Mormon Life Hacker. Here are a selection of Biblical scriptures that speak to meditation, as well as a general guide for using religious mantras.

Religion not your thing? There doesn’t need to be any religious significance at all for the practice to work. The solitude of the mountains beckons to people of all faiths. Even those people who are put off at first by the new-age, pop culture, overhyped branding of meditation practices are often surprised by the result of their meditation. In fact, a big reason for the hype is the growing research that supports earlier claims about the benefits of meditation and a new wave of secular-minded individuals who are giving it a try.


Advanced Techniques and Licensed Therapists

While you may prefer mantra-driven meditations, it’s worth pointing out that many meditation experts claim the most powerful meditative states are reached in silence. If you’re feeling apprehensive anyway, it’s usually not recommended your first time out. On the other hand, if you can’t find a quiet room in the house and you have a chance to go up into the mountains or find some other quiet spot, you may relish the idea. Trained mental health therapists can also integrate a number of different meditation techniques into a more structured and personalized therapy plan, especially for the treatment of a specific mental health problem.


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