Meditation: The Health Benefits May Surprise You

Science clearly supports the many health benefits of meditation.

Meditation can help lower your blood pressure, boost your immunity, treat insomnia, and decrease stress, pain, and inflammation. It can also increase focus, concentration, memory, and learning. It can elevate your mood and decrease anxiety by increasing neurotransmitter like serotonin and dopamine.

Researchers at Harvard Medical School have even shown that deep relaxation from methods like meditation can switch on genes that help protect us from disease. Dr Herbert Benson, associate professor at Harvard Medical School who led the research, said the changes were induced by the relaxation response.The relaxation response can potentially be as effective, if not more, than some medications.

Dr Benson reported “We found a range of disease fighting genes were active in the relaxation practitioners that were not present in the control group.” If this was a new medication without any side effects, pharmacies would not be able to keep it in stock.

Meditation does not have any harmful side effects; it may just be the answer for many of todays stressed fueled diseases. Start now and soon you will be on your way to a more peaceful, focused, healthier, and possibly more creative you. There are many resources to learn how to start meditating.

One form of meditation called mindful meditation is becoming increasingly more popular. It involves placing you focus your attention in the present moment. Ideally you will want to find a quiet spot, but you can practice anywhere.

You want to focus your attention on your normal breath -don’t change your breathing pattern. Focus on the sensation of air moving in and out of your nostrils, chest or abdomen, whichever feels most natural to you. If thoughts come in just bring your attention back to your breath. You want to feel your entire breath.

Start out trying it for 5 minutes, and gradually increase the time you spend meditating. You will find yourself in a state of relaxed alertness. Regular practice can greatly improve focus, concentration, memory, and learning! Meditation can help you handle daily stress, you cant eliminate it, but you can develop more control in how you deal with your stress.

Taking a few focused breaths before learning something new, taking a test, doing a presentation or participating in sports can greatly improve your performance. Yes, meditation can be life changing!

To help you get started check out these free apps.

Stop, Breathe and Think, iPhone, free; iTunes,

Meditation Helper, Android, free; Google Play

Mental Workout, iPhone, free; iTunes,Android, free; Google Play

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