I have been meditating regularly for around a year now and I can confirm that it has many health benefits. Not just in making you feel more calm and less stressed (although those bonuses are not in the least unimportant, I am sure you will agree!) It also helps the body with physical health problems, as well as the mind, and can cure or alleviate illnesses and stop or reduce pain. Scientific studies have shown that meditating regularly can help relieve symptoms even in people who suffer from chronic pain. Researchers at MIT and Harvard have now found a possible explanation for this phenomenon: people trained to meditate over an eight-week period were better able to control specific types of brain waves called alpha rhythms.
I would recommend anyone with health problems, illnesses and disabilities to practice meditation regularly, as I am sure you will find it can help with your condition enormously. Here are some of the physiological benefits:
1- Helps your heart, lungs and blood pressure, since it lowers oxygen consumption, decreases respiratory rate, increases blood flow and slows the heart rate.
2- - Increases exercise tolerance and leads to a deeper level of physical relaxation.
3- Decreass muscle tension.
4- Helps in chronic diseases like allergies, arthritis etc.
5 - Helps in post-operative healing.
6- Boosts the immune system.
7 - Reduces effect of viruses and emotional distress.
8 - Enhances energy, strength and vigour.
9 - Helps with weight loss and helps you maintain your ideal weight.
10- Prevents, slows or controls pain of chronic diseases.
11- Makes you sweat less!
12- Cures headaches & migraines.
13 –Gives you a reduced need for medical care.
14- Less energy wasted
15- Helps you feel more inclined towards sports and activities.
All those physical health benefits, (and more) and that is not to mention all the psychological and spiritual rewards, like improved concentration and memory, greater creativity and intuition, an increased sense of general well-being and “connectedness”, and the list goes on! Additionally, meditation is completely free, requires no special equipment or environment, and is not complicated to learn (although it does take some practice at first to be able to quiet your mind). It does not have to take up that much time (around 15-20 minutes per day is a good start), it has no negative side-effects and there are only positive gains from it.
If you are new to meditation, and initially find it hard to get into the right “head space”, I would recommend using CDs which give you guided meditations and exercises, or downloads from the internet. One of my favourite downloads to use is this 10-minute sample, a track of especially relaxing music, which help to slow your brain waves and deepen your relaxation, and mesmerising visuals, to play on your computer.
I hope I have convinced anyone who doesn’t already meditate to give it a go! As ever, your votes and comments on this blog are much appreciated.
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