Meditation-Why Give This Woo-Woo Spiritual Thing A Chance?
Because it’s works! Meditation opens you to experience levels of peace, clarity, and joy that you never knew existed…
There is an endless list of ways to practice, but the intention behind any meditation is the same. We meditate to gain inner-peace with the taming of the mind. Have you ever noticed how your thoughts don’t shut off, ever? The chatter is always there. Sometimes it keeps us from sleeping, or being mindful of our surroundings. I invite you take notice of what’s going on in your mind as you’re do something almost habitual, like driving your car or brushing your teeth. See if you notice an endless script playing out; monologue or dialogue. Then try to see if you can stop the racket for even just a few seconds. How does that feel? What do you notice? My guess is that you feel a sense of relief. You may physically feel yourself relax. Colors may appear more vibrant as your awareness expands to your surroundings. This is a sneak peek into the present moment. Meditation is the practice of quieting the mind so that you may live in the moment more often.
Not Convinced Yet?
If you are more of the analytical type and need some proof to base your practice, here are just a few scientifically proven health benefits of mediation:
Group mantra-meditation was used as a psychoneurobehavioral intervention on healthy women to test immunological components. After one hour of meditation salivary levels of immunoglobulin A (antibodies in your immune system that help fight infection) were significantly higher (Torkamani et al., 2018).
Reduced sensitivity to pain
After just 4 days (20 min/day) of meditation training (Zeidan et al., 2011)
- Blood pressure control & improvement in insulin resistance (Koike & Cardoso, 2014).
- Improved ability to fall asleep sooner and stay asleep longer (Martires & Zeidler, 2015).
Koike, M. K., & Cardoso, R. (2014). Meditation can produce beneficial effects to prevent cardiovascular disease. Hormone molecular biology and clinical investigation, 18(3), 137-143.
Martires, J., & Zeidler, M. (2015). The value of mindfulness meditation in the treatment of insomnia. Current opinion in pulmonary medicine, 21(6), 547-552.
Rinpoche, S. (2012). The Tibetan book of living and dying: a spiritual classic from one of the foremost interpreters of Tibetan Buddhism to the West. Random House.
Torkamani, F., Aghayousefi, A., Alipour, A., & Nami, M. (2018). Effects of Single-Session Group Mantra-meditation on Salivary Immunoglobulin A and Affective State: A Psychoneuroimmunology Viewpoint. EXPLORE, 14(2), 114-121.
Zeidan, F., Martucci, K. T., Kraft, R. A., Gordon, N. S., McHaffie, J. G., & Coghill, R. C. (2011). Brain mechanisms supporting the modulation of pain by mindfulness meditation. Journal of Neuroscience, 31(14), 5540-5548.
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