health benefits of meditation
A recent US meta analysis of 20 individual studies conducted by Connecticut University found that regular meditation produced slower heart and breathing rates, improved blood flow and decreased the chance of suffering from depression and mental health issues.
These benefits are widely acknowledged to have a multitude of healthy flow-on effects, including the ability to lower cholesterol levels, blood pressure and blood glucose levels, improve respiratory function and even reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
18 million people tried meditation in 2012 according to a National Health Interview Survey. (NHIS)
Meditation is not evasion;
it is a serene encounter with reality.
– Thich Nhat Hanh
The #1 myth that most people believe about meditation is that it is about pushing away your thoughts and going to a happy place.
This is incorrect thinking. While some forms of meditation do offer guided visualization (imagine you are sitting by a river...), mindful meditation is about sitting with what is. It asks only that you pay attention to what is going on for you, moment-to-moment non-judgementally. When we patiently and gently guide our focus of attention on the here and now (the breath), true transformation and insight is able to emerge.
6 Reasons Why Everyone in Corporate America Should Meditate
Robert Piper,The Huffington Post (5/14)
Let's face it -- we all want to lounge in the sun all day on a beach in Hawaii. But we just can't, we have to go to work and go head to head with stressors that follow the daily grind more