The evidence has been mounting for some time, and more and more it points to the benefits of meditation for heart health - for those interested in the medical details I've listed Dr. Dean Ornish's books below.
One way that meditation reduces a stress reaction is by using the mind and breath to relax the body.
"Instant Meditation" is a practice of standing back from yourself and concentrating on your breath for a minute - cutting short a further bodily reaction to stress.
To practice, when faced with a sudden stress or trauma begin counting and regulating your breaths like this: count one breathe in; count two breathe out; count three breathe in; count 4 breathe out; then repeat the entire one to four sequence.
After a few rounds of this concentrated breathing pattern the mind is distracted momentarily from the problem and the body avoids reacting in a fight or flight mode.
A regular practice of longer meditation sessions such as deep relaxation meditation is a chance to totally relax the body and mind.
Dr. Dean Ornish says in his "Guided Meditation Series" says use "… Deep Relaxation to encourage the body to let go of stress, tension, anxiety, and pain". …
Dr. Ornish has authored and co-authored many books on heart health which I have read through over the years. I've personally known Dr. Ornish since the mid-70s and recommend his work and books.
The combination of good diet and exercise, plus hatha, yoga philosophies and meditation has had a positive impact on my life.
I invite you to join me in a daily world peace group cyber meditation. Click the article here to read about it.
Meditation Lessons for Teens and Adults
More than 70 offerings, from guided meditation techniques to on-the-go stress relief and relationship meditations interspersed with verse, and a section of special occasion prayers. 114 pages. PDF Ebook | EPUB | Paperback | Mac Users | B&N NOOK eBook
Meditation for All Kids
Sitting, walking, dance and group circle meditations, along with positive affirmations, verses and benefits of meditation for kids of all ages and abilities in a 100 page book with illustrations. PDF Ebook | EPUB | Paperback | Mac Users | B&N NOOK eBook
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Article by Susan Helene Kramer