Embracing Meditation – The “New” Science Behind an Ancient Practice

Chopra Certified Instructor

Meditation is no longer something strange and unusual. 

Meditation has been experiencing a revival over the past few years because modern science has moved this ancient practice of mindfulness forward and begun to legitimize it. Many conventional physicians now accept this as a relevant part of the equation in our quest for health and well-being in the 21st century. What was once looked upon with doubt and uncertainty is now being embraced with open arms by average people from all walks of life.  The reason I decided to become a Primordial Sound Meditation instructor is, quite simply, because it  had such a powerful effect in my life.  I realized that I needed to share this with my family, my friends and my clients.  If I can meditate anyone can meditate; anyone that knows me well will certainly agree!

Why the sudden shift?

First and foremost, it has shifted because of amazing breakthroughs in technology.  With all of our technological advances, it is now possible to actually verify the effects of meditation on the brain, on the body and on our health.  A  recent study out of U Mass and Harvard took 16 individuals and had them meditate for 27 minutes a day for 8 weeks.  There were brain scans before and brain scans after the 8 week period.  I am sure there was much merriment in the lab when the results were realized.  The participant’s brains had actually changed!  This is not science fiction but it is science.  The amygdala- the area of the brain responsible for fear and anxiety experienced a decrease in the gray- matter density and the hippocampus, the area of the brain associated with short-term and long term memory, compassion, self-awareness and introspection showed an increase in the gray- matter density.  After just 8 weeks!

Due to these advances in technology, the positive effects of meditation have been studied and confirmed, conclusively and scientifically- by reputable organizations like Yale, Harvard, Mass General, Memorial Sloan Kettering and the Mayo Clinic. It is becoming mainstream because it works just Google “Meditation study and…” anything – Meditation and Stress, Meditation and Cancer, Meditation and Heart Disease, Meditation and Irritable Bowel Syndrome,  Meditation and ADHD, Meditation and Alzheimer’s …you get the picture.

Our Mind and Body are no longer strangers passing in the night. Meditation can change our physiology and  play a VERY relevant role in our health!

How does it work?

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Let’s face it, we live chaotic, frenzied lives.    In our “modern” world we are consumed from morning to night with an endless flow of activity.  We have come to know this as our life; it is what we do, it is how we live.  Unfortunately it is also the pace our children have become accustomed to and consider the “norm”.   Meditation offers an opportunity in your life to escape this pace and embrace what is called “restful awareness” which encourages a relaxation response.  When we sit to meditate, we take control of our life. Instead of letting go of the helm and letting the boat drift wherever the wind blows, we take control and set a new course.

During meditation you do not stop your thoughts from coming- you simply learn techniques to step aside from those thoughts, momentarily, and experience the moment without the confusion that often drives your life.
   When you are reading a book, your thoughts are still there, yet you are capable of setting them aside and focusing on the story.  Sometimes, we realize we have read a few pages and not really been paying attention to the text.  So we flip the pages back and we read them again.  This is how you practice meditation.  You learn to put your focus elsewhere, step aside from the constant flow of your thoughts and when you drift away you simply return and continue.

 

The practice of meditation is not meant to control your mind but to transform it.

 

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We live our lives in a stress filled world- and meditation is the antidote to stress.  Your focus, your energy, your sleep, your outlook in life, and most of all your health will all improve with a regular and simple practice of meditation.

More often than not, the common complaint is the pace of our lives.  We need to slow down and take a deep breath; we need to stop for a moment and see our lives.  Meditation enables us to take it down a notch, refocus and by turning inward- recreate our health and our life.

 

Each day we create our life, like an artist holding a palette.  We create our existence with each decision we make, with each path we choose to explore or not explore.  We need to learn to live our lives each day and respect the power that we have to create our world. .

Embracing and respecting your ability to control your health and well-being, in your quest to live a long and healthy life, is simply…one breath away.

 

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