I will be the first to admit that the 6 reasons to meditate on a regular basis must be very compelling reasons! Who has time to meditate? Is it just another activity to add to your “to do list”?
Meditation can be as simple as sitting comfortably in a quiet spot with slow, focused breathing to the disciplined methods of Transcendental Meditation. The Silva Method of Meditation also has millions of followers that have raved about the results of their program.
You can listen to CD’s that have guided meditations or you can simply create your own method of slow breathing. Breathe in through your nose, very slowly, and fill your lungs to capacity, feeling the tug on the diaphragm. Hold for a count of 5 then slowly breathe out through the mouth. When you are inhaling, imagine breathing in healing light that will reach every cell in your body with vibrant oxygen. When you are exhaling, release all the negative, stressful feelings that may be weighing you down. Most studies indicate the 15 minutes or more of meditation can have a positive impact.
There are literally over a hundred benefits from regular meditation. Here are just a few:
A study performed at the University of Wisconsin suggests that the immune function of the brain is enhanced with meditation. Obviously, this is a major benefit for someone who is on a healing journey with Breast Cancer. Meditation has been shown to increases the activity of “natural killer cells” which target cancer cells and other pathogens.
Stress has been implicated as the cause of mental and physical disease. Stress hormones have a negative impact on our immune system and digestion. Studies have demonstrated a decrease in cortisol levels when meditation was practiced on a regular basis.
We all know what it feels like to wake up after a great night’s rest, feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day. Much healing occurs when we are experiencing a deep, restful sleep. Our organs regenerate and detox and new tissues are created.
Meditation can actually increase the levels of Melatonin. Melatonin not only creates a deep sleep, but it is a powerful antioxidant and Breast Cancer suppressor.
We are bombarded by so much information from so many sources, that it is easy for our brains to get distracted. However, with regular meditation, the brain seems to have the ability to remain more focused on a task at hand, rather than to get distracted. Healing the body takes focus and attention to make sure that you are carefully following your protocols.
When one is healing the body, it is so important to have a positive self-image. Reminding yourself that you are worthy of vibrant health, strengthens your convictions about a successful outcome.
A study done at Harvard University in 2005 showed that people who meditated on a regular basis developed thicker left prefrontal cortex, an area of the brain that processes emotional well-being and general happiness.
Whatever method of meditation you choose, be clear about your objective to quiet the mind and relax the body. Be consistent and make it a part of your day at least 5 days per week. Most people notice benefits after just 1 or 2 sessions. If you are wrestling with time, remind yourself about the 6 powerful reasons to meditate on a regular basis. The end result will be worth the time you invest.