Meditation is the practice of quieting the mind and focusing inwardly for a set period of time. It is an ancient practice that has gained modern credibility as a powerful way to reduce stress, promote relaxation and boost memory, concentration, and mood. Not only this, but research has proven that it actually help you live a longer life!
Scientific evidence suggests regular meditation can improve psychological conditions like anxiety and depression, which in turn can affect mortality.
Meditation has been proven to boost the immune system and reduce levels of cortisol, known as the stress hormone. Elevated levels of cortisol are linked to higher mortality through heart-related conditions, such as atherosclerosis and metabolic syndrome.
Other research suggests that regular meditation may result in fewer visits to the doctor and shorter hospital stays. Even dangerous abdominal fat may be reduced with regular meditation, according to a 2011 study published in the Journal of Obesity.
Transcendental Meditation (TM) is described as a simple technique that involves sitting comfortably with the eyes closed for 15 to 20 minutes per session, twice a day, to achieve a state of “restful alertness.” Mindfulness meditation training focuses on breathing and observing thoughts dispassionately as they arise in the mind.
The benefits of meditation are almost as good as those resulting from drug therapy for hypertension, without the side effects, although using only meditation instead of medication to lower high blood pressure in severe cases is not recommended initially.
However it is an undeniable fact that the boosts of energy and well-being that meditation offers in the short-term is commendable and if kept persistent helps in the healing journey.
So get started and try to incorporate a regular meditation practice into your own life.