If you are as passionate about a healthy lifestyle as we are, then you’ve likely looked into and maybe even tried meditation.
Meditation has been around for thousands of years with millions of
people swearing by its effectiveness. Now, studies seem to confirm that
meditation affects us down to a cellular level, impacting our brains and
potentially even our longevity, although more research needs to be done
before scientists reach a final verdict.
In the meantime, learn eight great ways meditation benefits your 37 trillion cells!
Increases happiness: Meditation triggers increased
brain signaling in the left prefrontal cortex, while it decreases on the
right. Simply put, this is what makes you happy and decreases negative
Improves acceptance: You may not like the way you
look, the job you have to do every day, or even a disease you cannot
beat. Meditation has been linked to an improved acceptance of what is
Increases self-awareness: Meditation can help you
identify frustration or anger you may hold and put it into perspective.
Taking time to get to know yourself better allows you to detach from
such feelings and understand them better.
Reduces stress: Practicing meditation during
stressful times can help reduce anxiety and stress. Stress causes a
physical response called “fight-or-flight” activated by the sympathetic
nervous system, during which your heart rate and pulse increase. The
calming effect of meditation can put you in a relaxed state related to
the parasympathetic nervous system, which helps decrease your heart rate
and pulse, and slows breathing.
Increases concentration: Meditation has been linked
to better and longer concentration. Try meditation before a long day, or
during your lunch break, and chances are you will be better able to
concentrate when you get back to work. This works for stressed moms,
Improves cardiovascular health: Meditation can help you relax by increasing nitric oxide, which opens blood vessels and then drops blood pressure.
Helps lose weight: Meditating regularly, and
particularly before eating something you know you shouldn’t, can help
identify why you are about to reach for that candy bar and distance
yourself from that emotion (see self-awareness). The more aware you are
of the “why,” the more in control you can feel and make a change.
Boosts creativity: All of these points combined can
help you increase your creativity and productivity. Letting go of daily
stresses and worries enables you to let creative juices flow. Have that
note pad ready. You may need it!
Making time for meditation every day can be a bit of challenge, but
it’s doable if you make it a priority. You can practice meditation first
thing in the morning after waking up or as you go to bed at night. You
may find it helpful to download a meditation app and simply fall asleep
while listening to the soothing sound of the meditation music. You’ll
wake up refreshed and rejuvenated in the morning.
We suggest practicing Kelee® Meditation. It only takes 10 minutes per day.
— The Alternative Daily