Benefits of Meditation
Why practice meditation? (In a bit, I'll teach you HOW.)
Well, the reasons are many. But let's start with a real crowd pleaser.
It can help you grow YOUNGER! Here is a way of reversing the aging process that does not involve liposuction, botox injections,
surgically augmenting or reducing certain pesky body parts,
that requires neither special clothing nor equipment,
that you can do virtually anywhere--including the comfort of your own home,
and that does not cost you one red cent!
Interested in learning more about it?
Great! Read on…
We'll start with a definition, or more precisely, definitions, of the word age, because for our purposes here, there are 3 ways to characterize age: chronologically, psychologically and biologically.
Chronological age is what we normally think of when we speak of someone’s age. It is related to the calendar and is defined by the date you were born.
Psychological age refers to how old you feel and act.
Biological age refers to how your body is actually functioning. Scientists have established what they call biomarkers for most of our biochemical and physiological processes. They include such things as our aerobic capacity, blood pressure, muscle strength, and immune system function, to name a few.
Now, your biological age can be very different from your chronological age.
You can calculate your biological age by comparing your specific biomarkers to the average results of your chronological age peer group.
Where Are YOU on the Self-Care Continuum?
For example, let’s take two people, born on the same date. One of them has a stressful and sedentary job that keeps her working late hours at the office and eating fast food on the fly. When she finally makes it home, she plops in front of the TV, surrounded by her favorite companions: cigarettes, potato chips, and sugar saturated soft drinks. Eventually she collapses into bed, where she gets a fitful and all-too-short night’s sleep, before she starts it all again the next day.
Contrast her with the other person who works comfortable hours at a job she loves to do. She nourishes herself thoughtfully and well, exercises regularly with her workout buddies, and builds time into her week to do what brings her joy. Getting a solid eight hours of shut-eye, she wakes up well rested and refreshed in the morning.
Both women are 55 years old chronologically, but their doctors tests reveal that our first woman has a biological age of 70, while our second
has a biological age of 40.
Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do to change your chronological age, but there is plenty you can do to affect your biological and psychological ages, which are actually the far more critical ones in determining your quality of life.
There are a countless individuals who are biologically 5, 10, 20 or more years younger than their birthdates would lead you to expect. You can be one of them.
Deepak Chopra, in his fascinating book, "Grow Younger, Live Longer," enumerates many ways to turn back the hands of time. In this article, I am going to focus on one of them.
Welcome to the Wonderful World of Meditation!
Meditation has been medically proven to lower blood pressure, decrease the level of stress hormones in the blood, and reduce the incidence of heart disease, anxiety, and depression.
Additional scientific studies have shown that it lowers your susceptibility to infection, punches up your immune system, and improves the coherence between different parts of the brain.
While this technique has been embraced by millions over the millennia, I believe it has never had more relevance than it does right now, in this the age of multi-tasking and overwhelm.
I had heard about meditation for years, but it always seemed slightly strange and suspect to me. Furthermore, as a person who was as fidgety as a flea, I thought I could more successfully guard Shaquille O’Neill than sit still for 20 minutes at a stretch.
So How Did I Come to Give it a Try?
On a sunny afternoon, over 30 years ago, I was having a family therapy session. My client was bringing in his sister, who lived in another city. As soon as the sister walked in the door, I was struck by her vibrancy.
The palpable positiveness of her energy would have been notable under any circumstances, but was made even more so because she was being treated for breast cancer.
Here was a middle aged woman who had recently had her breast removed, and had undergone bouts of chemotherapy, who was exuding a remarkable strength and calm. Her brother said that I was not the only one who recognized this.
The surgeon who operated on her was astonished to find that during the mastectomy, the blood flow to her cancerous breast was unusually small, thereby reducing the risk of metastasis.
The floor nurses could not believe the way she was tolerating what was normally a very debilitating chemotherapy regime.
They wanted to know her secret, hoping to use the information to make the experience of their other patients less excruciating.
She shared with them what she shared with me.
Years of faithful meditation had given her the capacity to deeply center herself, quiet her fears, and focus her mind with laser like precision.
This allowed her to dramatically impact and control her body, including that shift of blood flow away from her affected breast, in a way that I had not believed was possible.
It was on that very day that I decided that both for my own, and my other clients' well being, I needed to learn more about this process. In the succeeding years, my experience with meditation turned me from a skeptic into a believer.
Learn How Here
I feel so passionately about the usefulness and power of this process, that I want to give you an opportunity to experiment with it.
I hope I have aroused your curiosity, because if you click on the link, it will be my pleasure to teach you a very
simple and effective way to meditate.
So, in the slightly altered words of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, I invite you to, “grow young along with me, the best is yet to be.”
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