Meditation (N): A mind-body process that uses concentration or reflection to relax the body and calm the mind.
Meditation has many benefits for general health and well-being. The NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine reports that regular meditation can reduce chronic pain, anxiety, high blood pressure, cholesterol, substance abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder in Vietnam veterans. Meditation may also have specific benefits for people who are living with cancer. Studies suggest that meditation can help boost the immune system, ease chronic pain as well as improve mood, cognitive function (chemobrain), energy levels and quality of sleep. Because of this, many cancer treatment centers now offer meditation or relaxation therapy in conjunction with standard medical care. (source: American Cancer Society)
Interested in learning how to meditate? Although there are many different styles of meditation, my good friend Pat suggests Headspace, a really cool website (with an accompanying mobile app for both iPhone & Android) that can teach you how. They have a FREE 10 day trial package (after that, their guided meditations cost approximately $10 a month). This program takes just 10 minutes a day.
*** Although most experts agree that the positive effects of meditation outweigh any negative reactions, please talk to your doctors before starting any type of meditation- especially one that involves movement of joints and muscles.
Do you meditate? Where did you learn how?