Health Benefits of Meditation

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Jodi Signer
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Feb 09, 2011

Finding Balance Through Meditation and Overall Bodily Awarenes

General Purpose: To inform.

Specific Purpose: At the end of my speech, my audience will understand that using medication is not the only means of treating mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety.

Central Idea: Meditation is a healthy alternative to focus the mind in order to help calm symptoms of depression and anxiety.

We all strive for balance in our lives, emotionally, physically, and mentally. But as you all may know retaining that balance is harder for some than others. I will use myself for a example. In March 2010, at the school hospital at University of Washington, I was diagnosed with hereditary depression. I was an emotional wreck, which was new to me because all my life I had always kept a positive attitude, and it wasn’t because life was good and I was happy, no it was because life around me hurt me and I ignored my true feelings. Due to all the stressors in my life my body underwent unbalance. Unbalance is defined as “an outside force that upsets the equilibrium or balance of something” and the Psychology definition is “to disturb the mental stability of (a person or his mind)”. Now medication helps stabilize the unbalance. Once I began taking anti-depressants I became emotionally stagnant. No more ups or downs, just there. Because I am an emotional being, I found stagnant boring, life lost meaning, I felt life wasn’t worth living if you can’t embrace the low times in order to experience the high times, so I decided to stop taking the medicine, and began looking into alternative medicine. Now, I know I am not the only one who struggles with these feelings in life. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 21 million American adults, or about 9.5 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year, have a mood disorder. So why is it that often people feel medication is the only answer? I’m here to inform you about an alternate way to conquer feelings of depression and anxiety without medication, Meditation. Through meditation, countless numbers of people around the world are able to calm the mind and body. In doing that they are able to cure many deficiencies in their body especially when they are able to locate the source, for example their imbalanced chakra. (Transition) From the words of Einstein "Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction." With that let’s start by taking a look on what emotional balance really means. BODY

I. What is balance? Balance is simply a state of equilibrium. When your body is in balance with itself you feel at rest and peace. Stressors are what throw your balance off. a. As students we all undergo stress and have individual stressors that effect us i. Jena, for example, underwent unbalance when she injured her ankle playing basket ball. Having to worry about the weather or getting to class on time. ii. Having a family member die, finding out someone close to you is sick, getting in a fight with your family or a friend. b. These are all examples on how life throws off our daily chi, or the mo jo that keeps us going and keeps our spirits high. (Transition) Basically, life is chaos, disorder so it is our job as living creatures to figure out the best way to cope with this disorder. Now that we are familiar with what I mean about daily imbalance lets take a look at some ways to help restore our chi throughout the day. II. How to achieve balance. Now an obvious way to restore health and balance, which I’m sure has been pounded in all of your heads hundreds of times is daily exercise and healthy eating, so I will not talk about that, but something that has...
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