MEDITATION FOR HEALTH
Meditation is proven to lower blood pressure with no drugs, no side effects, and zero cost.
A study published in the American
Journal of Hypertension reveals that daily meditation (two
sessions each lasting 15 minutes) results in a measurable drop in blood pressure in at-risk teenagers. This is yet more research demonstrating the powerful mind/body connection that western medicine continues to deny exists at all.
Interestingly, the positive effects of the meditation persisted even four months after the patients stopped the practice, indicating that it has substantial long-term effects.
It is safe, free, and has no negative side effects. It doesn't even need the supervision of a doctor, which is probably why virtually no doctors prescribe it.
Pharmaceutical companies don't make money when people engage in meditation, so there's no reason for them to promote it, either. They'd much rather see people popping pills than promoting something that people can do for free.
NewsTarget.com Thursday, February 17, 2005
WHAT IS HAPPENING IN YOU BRAIN DURING THE MEDITATION?
Scientists have only recently developed tools sophisticated enough to see what goes on in your brain when you meditate.
Frontal cortex - is the most highly evolved part of the brain, responsible for reasoning, planning, emotions and self- conscious awareness. During meditation it tends to go offline.
Parietal lobe - processes sensory information about the surrounding world, orienting you in time and space. During meditation, activity in the parietal lobe slows down.
Thalamus - is the gatekeeper for the senses. It focuses your attention by funneling some sensory data deeper into the brain and stops other signals in their tracks. Meditation reduces the flow of incoming information to a trickle.
Reticular Formation - receives incoming stimulus and puts the brain on alert, ready to respond. Meditation dials back the arousal signal.
Resource: Times Magazine article based on the book "Calming the Mind" by Dr. Gregg Jacobs, Harvard medical School;
More and more people from all walks of life (college students, prisoners, lawyers, patients, seniors, high school students, etc.) are meditating to boost their immune system, reduce stress and improve health.
Meditation:Definition, Origins and Traditions. An interview with a scientist.
Read more about the History and Types of Meditation.
Learn a Simple Daily Meditation.