Meditation may help improve health

There have been countless studies on the benefits of meditation. It has helped practitioners sleep better, lower their blood pressure, decrease stress and anxiety, increase focus and many other benefits. Below are some of the things that I liked about this article on how meditation may help improve health:

I can’t imagine not having a regular meditation practice, especially during those difficult times in life.”

While techniques abound, the most common form is focusing attention on the inhalation and exhalation of the breath, being in the present moment. Some people also meditate by concentrating on a single object (such as a candle flame or flower), sound, word or mantra. Most forms of meditation usually involve slow, regular breathing and sitting quietly for at least 10 to 20 minutes.

The actual thing that people learn is concentration or focus, and meditation is actually a resulting state.

Regular meditation practice may reduce blood pressure, stress, depression and anxiety.

When you’re stressed about anything, cortisol and adrenaline increase. A meditation practice will relax you and reduce the adrenaline, reduce the cortisol. That’s why it’s healing.

Some 20 million U.S. adults use meditation for health purposes, according to the 2007 National Health Interview Survey, conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau.

For beginners, it can be helpful to take a class to learn techniques, avoid typical pitfalls, receive feedback and become more disciplined. And while one doesn’t have to practice for long periods at a time, it is important to practice regularly.