I was never really big on meditating in the traditional sense, sitting in a lotus position with eyes closed and breathing in and out ever so slowly. Meditating came in the form of me sitting up in bed upon waking and simply just pondering on how I intended my day to unfold. In the evening, it was reflecting on how my day went. In either case, I was being quiet and still.
For a lot of people, it’s difficult being quiet and still. There’s something about silence and inaction that makes humans feel uncomfortable for some reason. Perhaps we’ve grown accustomed to constant stimulation and maybe anything less than constant makes us feel lifeless. Or, perhaps it’s something else altogether. The fact is, we humans do everything in our power to drown out the silence to keep from forming any intimate relationship with ourselves.
Silence truly is golden. In a research study at the Harvard Medical School, it was discovered that, in people who practiced relaxation techniques like meditation, tai chi, and yoga, more genes that fight off diseases are far more active compared to those who do not practice any form of relaxation. What was even more interesting was finding that the inactive genes in the other group were switched on after a daily relaxation program was put into place. Basically, how we manage our stress is a big part in the health maintenance of our bodies.
London’s BodyMind Medicine Centre hypnotherapist, Jake Toby, said, “that after teaching the control group how to induce the relaxation effect, after two months, their bodies began to change: the genes that help fight inflammation, kill diseased cells and protect the body from cancer all began to switch on.
Meditation a Day Keeps the Doctor Away
Meditation is just really the dissolving of the stress you’ve encountered throughout your day. Eventually, with this discipline in practice, you will become a master at encountering life stress-free. Here are just several medical benefits meditation has on the body.
- Increases immunity
- Increases fertility
- Relieves irritable bowel syndrome
- Lowers blood pressure
- It’s an anti-inflammatory
- Helps you maintain emotional balance
For more information on the health benefits of meditation, please visit eocinstitute.org.