Stress from work or other physical activities can damage the nervous system. The blood vessels will constrict and this results in a reduced blood flow to the tissues that need it. This reduced blood flow denies our muscles the oxygen that they need to fuel their functions and this results in muscle spasms. As a result, we do not start our day the right way. Consider five reasons to start the day with meditation and improve your overall quality of life.
Meditation does not have to be scheduled, especially so if you are stressed at work. If you are in an emotionally chaotic state, you are not in full control of yourself and your spiritual well-being. The problem is that most people think that they can only meditate at a specific time in the day. Or that it has to be done in a designated place, like in a yoga studio. The truth is, meditation is a very personal exercise that can be done at any time and in any place. Read on and find out how you can fit meditation into your busy life.
Many people do not seem to understand that addiction is not a conscious choice. It is a psychological issue for those who have developed dependencies on drugs, alcohol, and other addictive substances. Substance craving is at the root of addiction problem, especially so for those who are trying to overcome it but are overpowered by its pull. Substance craving torments the addict and even those who seemingly have succeeded in rehabilitation themselves. As a result, there is a susceptibility to falling into a relapse.
We have all heard that there is no such thing as soulmates and that relationships work because you choose to make them work. But with busy schedules, stress at work, and the general toxic environment of the cities we live in, how can meditation help you become a better partner?
In meditation, you go to a quiet place wherein you concentrate and start thinking that what you want can be done. It allows you to experience a serenity that you will never experience in the outside world. During meditation, you shut your brain off from nuances, and you train your brain to focus on the essential and rational things in your life.
Research continues to back the practice of meditation with evidence that it works to reduce stress and increase productivity. And, while we tend to think of the Dalai Lama or monks residing in quiet surroundings, as those experiencing meditation’s benefits, our busy bodies benefit as well.
The truth is that you do not need to spend a large portion of your day or life in meditation to experience its calming effects. Researchers find that just a few minutes per day garner benefits. And, within a week or so of beginning, you experience the results. Read on to get a glimpse into the research and science supporting these claims.
Resolutions for the New Year come and go. But, learning the art of slowing down through meditation promises to revolutionize more than just this year. Consider these 10 reasons to start meditation practice in 2018.
1. Distraction Abounds in This Culture
Full calendars. Ever-accessible mobile phones. Twenty-four hour internet. We live in a culture of distraction, leading to forgetfulness, unfinished projects and dropped balls. Mindfulness counteracts the fast-paced culture in which we live.
Google “benefits of meditation” and a stream of articles pop onto your screen. The topics range from health benefits to scientific reasons to meditate, the ways meditation improves your life or changes your brain. Look at scholarly articles, and on the first screen, heart health benefits show up.
In the words of Eckhart Tolle, “ “In today’s rush, we all think too much — seek too much — want too much — and forget about the joy of just being.” The Atlantic calls busyness the status symbol of our time”. Harvard Business Review suggests Americans link busyness with status, a shift from previous leisure-as-status beliefs.
When your mind or body are out of whack, life proves out of sorts. Balancing the two brings improved health and greater life satisfaction, right? But that is easier said than done.
Truth is, there is a medication, a drug for nearly every ailment, physical or mental, that you experience. Unfortunately, the list of side effects and potential harm that these chemicals cause seem to override the benefits. Meditation offers a powerful alternative for body-mind balance. This chemical-free option to balancing mind and body gets results. And, science offers the facts and figures to back it up. Let’s take a look.
Widely practiced and highly researched, the mental technique of Transcendental Meditation (TM) sets itself apart from other meditation and stress reduction techniques. The mind-body connection of TM lays a foundation which makes it beneficial to both mind and body, more so than other practices.
Furthermore, the ease of entering the restful experience of this meditative state contributes to its uniqueness. Even more powerfully, immediate benefits contribute. Other techniques, including exercise, music, meditative practices and more, require time, even years, to master and achieve results. Let’s look at this in more detail.