Are you constantly stressed, worried, anxious or just plain worn out? Your body is begging you to take time for yourself and take time to RELAX. The benefits of meditation and relaxation can have a profound effect on your everyday life.
I myself am very “Type A”, I like to get things done, be “in and out”, and am usually the one speeding down the highway to get to my next destination. However, life can’t always be in the fast lane. What would happen if we slowed down and turned the dial down just a notch? You may be rolling your eyes at me saying to yourself “She’s just blabbing about this “meditation thing” that seems all the “hype” these days. But just wait a second, because I myself was the same way just a few years ago!
Despite the overwhelming amount of research showing the benefits of meditation and relaxation on the brain and body, I wasn’t convinced until I tried it for myself… I just Smile and am so grateful I tried this little “meditation experiment”. I urge you to try the same… Read on!
So yes, I tried meditation not just because of my yoga background, nor because scientific research showed benefits, but because I was going through some difficult points in my life, and I needed something to help me balance out.
What does the Research Show? Recent research has revealed compelling evidence that meditation and mindfulness can impact specific brain regions (including the amygdala, lateral frontal regions, and changes in the hippocampus) affecting neural processes to support emotional control, manage stress, and serve as a treatment for psychiatric disorders (1, 2). The following are just some of the many benefits research has shown:
- Increased quality of life/well being (especially those in diseased states including diabetes, cancer, fibromyalgia)
- Support in attention control (ADHD, ADD)
- Emotional Regulation/ Anger Management
- Ability to think more clearly
- Stress Management
- Ability to rationally think through difficult/frustrating situations/problems
- Physical benefits including:
- Reduced inflammation
- Supportive in cancer treatment
- Reduced cortisol levels
- Supportive in treatment for psychiatric disorders
Where To Start?
Here are 12 of some great quotes for you to help get into this peaceful mindset. Start your morning, end your day, or split up the afternoon for just 5 minutes. Breathe, Smile, and Enjoy =)
“Smile, breathe, and go slowly” – Thich Nhat Hanh
“How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then to rest afterward.” – Spanish proverb
“There is more to life than increasing its speed.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“The quieter you become, the more you can hear.” – Ram Dass
“The mark of a successful man is one that has spent an entire day on the bank of a river without feeling guilty about it.” – Unknown
“Everything you do can be done better from a place of relaxation.” – Stephen C. Paul
“A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.” – Aesop, Fables
“Who among us hasn’t envied a cat’s ability to ignore the cares of daily life and to relax completely?” – Karen Brademeyer
“Laughter relaxes. And relaxation is spiritual.” – Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh
“You need not wrestle for your good. Your good flows to you most easily when you are relaxed, open, and trusting.” – Alan Cohen
“Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.” – Henry David Thoreau
REFERENCES 1. [Neural mechanisms of mindfulness and meditation: Evidence from neuroimaging studies] World J Radiol. Jul 28, 2014; 6(7): 471–479. Published online Jul 28, 2014. doi: 10.4329/wjr.v6.i7.471 PMCID: PMC4109098 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25071887 2. [Review of the effects of mindfulness meditat… [Sante Ment Que. 2013] – PubMed – NCBI http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24719001