Persuasive Essay - Meditation

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Natalie Bausone December 6, 2010

Dr. Sirlin Ace-001 English – Persuasive Essay

With the hectic pace and demands of modern life, many people feel stressed and over-worked. It often feels like there is just not enough time in the day to get everything done. Our stress and tiredness make us unhappy, impatient, , and frustrated. It can even affect our health. A simple ten or fifteen minute meditation a day can help you to overcome your stress and find some inner peace and balance. Meditation provides benefits to all of the major categories of human existence:  Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual.

Nevertheless, the term “meditation” is usually associated with hippies sitting around chanting “Ohmmm”. I have a couple family members that do feel this way. One disadvantage in meditation can be that some individuals connect it to eastern religions such as Buddhism or Hinduism.  By relating meditation to these religions it tends to turn some people away from the practice of meditation. Another disadvantage is “time”.  Some individuals say that it takes too much time out of their normal day to practice meditation.

However, one of the largest challenges faced by people today is overcoming the stress produced by everyday life. I know family and friends that take anti-depressants in order tothe deal with the stresses of everyday life. Meditation, on the other hand, provides a natural means of reducing stress and anxiety and can lead to enhanced mental health either in combination with, or in place of, popular anti-depressants. The improved mental health that can result from meditation can be seen in many ways. It generally gives you the perspective you need to manage your busy schedule and bring back a feeling of "I can handle this". 

Additionally, more traditional meditation requires deeper breathing than normally, involves breathing which allows for greater oxygen flow through our systemwe...
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