Researchers studying the health benefits of meditation are finding astonishing results. A study done at the Medical College of Wisconsin has shown that regular meditation has serious health benefits and can significantly increase your life span.
Those who participated in the study and practiced regular meditation were 47% less likely to die from a stroke or heart attack compared to those undergoing traditional treatment. If your doctor told you that this single lifestyle change would bring outstanding changes to your health, would you do it?
Americans tend to spend several hours a day in front of the television or on the computer. These activities do not give your mind any time to rest, which is essential for your body to overcome stress. Combine these actions with the regular stresses that you face on a daily basis and it is no wonder that stroke is ranked the third leading cause of death in America.
Many people are reluctant to take up meditation, although it is easy to learn and provides life changing results. Even though the technique is simple to understand, it can be difficult to become accustomed to the practice itself, which often causes people to give up.
Meditation requires you to let go of passing thoughts, which take up most of your brain power. It may sound easy to sit and focus on one single thought or your breathing, but many find the technique takes a lot of effort in the beginning. Although it can be difficult to train your mind to let go of thoughts, regular meditation will make the process exceptionally easy overtime.
Your mind needs time to relax and providing it this time each day will lower your stress, which will result in lowering your blood pressure. High blood pressure is the leading factor of heart disease and stroke, making regular meditation an effective treatment.
Other than the increase in your life span, meditation helps increase concentration, lower anxiety and makes you more aware of your every day life. Those who practice regular meditation claim that they are more in control of their thoughts, have a higher sense of well-being and more inner peace since taking up the practice.
Do you meditate regularly? If not, what’s holding you back?
– The Alternative Daily