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Meditation And Its Benefits

Meditation can be useful as an antidote to stress. Stress being experienced as in encountering obstacles to the fulfillment of our needs and desires and/or a perceived threat to our being. Our body then responds aggressively with the following physiological changes: increased heart rate; increased blood pressure; increased breathing; sweating; weakened immunity and clotting of blood platelets. During meditation the body shifts into a state of restful awareness in which we experience decreased heart rate; normalization of blood pressure; quiet breathing; reduced stress hormone production – strengthening the immune system; reduced sweating and blood flowing more freely throughout the body.

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6 Stress-Relieving Tactics

We’re all familiar with the stress of the holidays. Between coordinating parties, shopping for gifts, decorating the house, and traveling, things can get hectic. Since 2007, the top stressor for Americans has been money, says the American Psychological Association. Considering consumers are expected to spend over $930 on average during the 2016 holiday season, it comes as no surprise that stress levels are high right now. Do you need to destress this holiday season? Start with these six ideas.

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The Effectiveness of Meditation

Many studies have investigated meditation for different conditions, and there’s evidence that it may reduce blood pressure as well as symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and flare-ups in people who have had ulcerative colitis. It may ease symptoms of anxiety and depression, and may help people with insomnia.

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Mind Of the Meditator

The Dalai Lama, putting action before rhetoric, had already started trying to fi nd answers to his own question. Back in the 1980s, he had sparked a dialogue about science and Buddhism, which led to the creation of the Mind & Life Institute, dedicated to studying contemplative science. In 2000 he brought new focus to this endeavor: he launched the subdiscipline of “contemplative neuroscience” by inviting scientists to study the brain activity of expert Buddhist meditators—defi ned as having more than 10,000 hours of practice. For nearly 15 years more than 100 monastics and lay practitioners of Buddhism and a large number of beginning meditators have participated in scientifi c experiments at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and at least 19 other universities. The article you are reading, in fact, is the product of a collaboration between two neuroscientists and a Buddhist monk who originally trained as a cell biologist

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