Meditation: Good for the body and the mind

Being constantly assailed by thoughts (good and/or bad) is a stress. Studies on animals have shown that intense and prolonged stress precipitates brain degeneration. As for the body, it is well known that stress can cause a multitude of diseases. Here is an overview of some of the useful and positive effects of [eafl id=87 name=”Zen12″ text=”meditation”].

Physical benefits

  • Improves immune system performance
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Lowers the level of sugar in the blood
  • Reduces levels of bad cholesterol in the blood
  • Reduces the physical symptoms of stress (migraines, insomnia, heartburn, etc.)

Psychological and emotional benefits

  • Improves concentration, alertness, and memory
  • Increases happiness and empathy
  • Relieves anxiety and speeds healing of mild depression
  • Help to become more patient, intuitive and creative daily
  • Increases the chances of getting rid of an addiction
  • Improves work performance

As you can see from the list above, meditation has plenty of benefits and will make a person look at life with a different perspective.

When stress arises from situations of our daily lives, being aware of our surroundings and mental state will help to calm down the “adrenaline rush” from stress, and therefore will keep the blood pressure and pulse rate to a more relaxed state.  Just 10 minutes a day to start is all it takes, and once you have made progress, and feel that you can do more, it will come naturally.  The body is a marvelous piece of work and once we understand its basic functions, and learn to master them, life becomes a breeze of fresh air.

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