Ten Health Benefits of Meditation
Lowers blood pressure and slows down the cardiovascular system.
Relaxes the nervous system.
Reduces the intensity of migraines/headaches.
Gives a break from the internal chattering an self-doubt in the mind.
Reduces anxiety and fear.
Restores functional balance to the digestive system (less stress, better functioning – better absorption of nutrients).
Relieves muscle tension.
Reduction/relief of insomnia – improved quality of sleep.
Improves mood and reduces depressed thinking.
Generates optimistic and positive thinking, increases self-esteem, motivation and confidence.
TIP – There are a lot of people out there presenting themselves as experienced instructors or self-proclaimed authorities on meditation. Take a little time to learn where their education comes from and what experience they have.
Health and Meditation
Learning meditation is not difficult or time consuming. Practicing meditation does not require expensive equipment or a membership and can be practiced by anyone regardless of age or physical mobility limitations. It is relatively easy to begin, but a little guidance to help you get started can be useful and for real health results you do need to commit it to regular practice – just as you do with mindfulness, yoga, tai chi and so on. Classes are relatively easy to find and there are some great resources online – even audio downloads and CDs to get you started or even “get your feet wet” with a little guided imagery.
Medical Issues and Meditation
If you have a specific medical issue or side effect from medical treatment (ex: anxiety after heart surgery, sleep problems after kidney transplant or nausea from cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation) then you might want to look into working with a licensed clinical professional who has advanced training in medical hypnosis. This is specific to the area of health and medical.
Wellness and Preventative Healthcare
And think preventative care and personal wellness too. Learning to reduce stress and cortisol production is a great proactive health benefit for all of us – medical hypnosis can even help with mild to moderate morning sickness.
Neurology, Oncology, Psychiatry, Cardiology; the list goes on and on – these fields more and more are actively encouraging clients to work with a medical meditation professional as an ancillary and drug free addition to their client’s care. So, rather than wait until after there is a problem or letting a current one get worse – why not get in front of it now and take an active role in the health of your mind and body? (it will be good for your spirit too!)
Thank you for reading!
Peace, Health and Laughter –
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Ten Health Benefits of Meditation / Live Better Live Now / Houston