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Meditation

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Mind body research over the past 50 years has consistently shown that there are ways to consciously activate the relaxation response in the body and this has a net positive impact on health. Herbert Benson, MD and pioneer in mind and body medicine stated, “Repeated activation of the relaxation response can reverse sustained problems in the body and mend the internal wear and tear brought on by stress.”

Mindfulness training and meditation includes specific techniques that help develop awareness, understanding and acceptance of oneself. Concentration is developed by choosing an immediately present focal point such as the breath, body sensations or sounds or chants.  Whenever you notice your attention drifting, we simply try to bring it back to the chosen focal point.  

The benefits of meditation are becoming well document as mind and body research continues to push into all settings of health care and institutions.  These practices, though newer in the health care arena have been utilized for centuries in Asia, India and Europe.  With the benefit of research, we can now see the direct physical and psychological benefits including, but not limited to:

Lower blood pressure
Reduction of muscular tension
Reduced anxiety
Better self-acceptance
Greater focus and concentration
Enhanced creativity and intuition
Faster recovery from stress events
Increased awareness of environment and self
Healthy natural breathing
Better heart health
Improved sleep and mood
Relief from cravings and impulsive behaviors
Reduced physical pain
Increased sense of well being

Director of Wellness, Amanda Anderson

Resources:
 Herbert Benson, MD : The breakout principle (2003) & Timeless Healing (1996)
Thich Nhat Hanh: Peace is Every Step: The path of Mindfulness in Every Step (1991)
Jon Kabot-Zinn: Wherever  You Go There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life (1994)
Jack Kornfield: A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life (1983)

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