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Meditation and Heart Health

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.

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