I hope 2017 has got off to a great start for you all.
It certainly has for me as I just got bak into my meditation and boy o boy can I feel the benefits already.
If your new to meditation here are some of the fantastic benefits it will provide you in your life
n a nutshell, meditation impacts your biology and physical health via “stress reduction pathways” in your brain. As explained in the press release:
“When an individual experiences stress, activity in the prefrontal cortex — responsible for conscious thinking and planning — decreases, while activity in the amygdala, hypothalamus and anterior cingulate cortex — regions that quickly activate the body’s stress response — increases.
Studies have suggested that mindfulness reverses these patterns during stress; it increases prefrontal activity, which can regulate and turn down the biological stress response.
Excessive activation of the biological stress response increases the risk of diseases impacted by stress (like depression, HIV and heart disease).
By reducing individuals’ experiences of stress, mindfulness may help regulate the physical stress response and ultimately reduce the risk and severity of stress-related diseases.”
Such effects may explain why meditation can help to relieve stress-related diseases such as:
|High blood pressure||Sleep disturbances and fatigue|
|Chronic pain||Gastrointestinal distress and irritable bowel syndrome|
|Respiratory problems such as emphysema and asthma||Mild depression and premenstrual syndrome (PMS)|
Other research, such as that at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine has sought to quantify the benefits of the relaxation response by assessing gene expression before and after meditation, and have compared effects of short- and long-term meditation routines.
Among their findings, they discovered that meditation has anti-inflammatory effects. In one study,participants who participated in an eight-week long meditation program, as well as longer-term meditators saw increases in anti-oxidant production, telomerase activity, and oxidative stress.
Among their findings, the Benson-Henry researchers discovered that meditation has anti-inflammatory effects. In one study, participants in an eight-week long meditation program, as well as longer-term meditators, saw increases in anti-oxidant production, telomerase activity, and oxidative stress.
The researchers noted that benefits appear to be dose related, with changes even after one session
Tara Kadampa Meditation Centre (Tara KMC) has been established for 30 years. Located in nearly 40 acres of beautiful Derbyshire countryside, but easily accessible from anywhere in the Midlands, this peaceful location offers a variety of classes and events.
It is open to anyone who is interested in learning meditation or studying Buddhism. The centre has a large meditation room with a big Buddhist shrine, and a World Peace Cafe where anyone is welcome to visit and relax with a variety of hot and cold drinks, light lunches and snacks.
Go to https://tarakmc.org to find your nearest class