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Meditate your Heart to Health

April 16, 2010

If you’ve never meditated before, you might think it’s just a waste of time to sit still for a few minutes. It might seem like you’re just doing nothing. But actually, taking the time to just sit and breathe is really good for you, mentally and physically, and some say, spiritually too.

An article on MedicineNet.com told us about how good endorphins are for our health, and listed meditation as one of the ways to get the endorphins flowing.

Then I found this article on MSNBC about a study that found meditation was good for the heart, and I quote “Regular practice may help prevent cardiovascular disease”. Let me give you some other quotes that might make you willing to sit still for a while:

  • More than 600 studies have been published over the past three decades on the potential health effects of TM, or Transcendental Meditation, the most studied form of meditation.
  • Some researchers believe the effects that meditation has on the nervous system can alter a range of body functions, such as respiration, blood vessel dilation and stress-hormone regulation. And that, studies suggest, could translate into lower risks of disease, including cardiovascular disease.
  • Most recently, researchers reported in the May issue of the American Journal of Cardiology that such benefits may make for a longer life.
Their article included a study on high school kids, and how stress is giving them high blood pressure which learning meditation alleviated, so it’s not just for adults. Another article I found had these little tidbits to share:
  • Studies on the effects of transcendental meditation showed that heart rate, blood pressure, and some endocrine secretions are altered to healthful levels in the meditative state.
  • Cardiovascular physician Dean Ornish offered documented proof that heart disease can be halted and even reversed by changing to a lifestyle that combined diet, exercise, and the regular practice of meditation.
So there!