Meditation has been used for years by monks and other religious figures to gain a closer connection to their particular deity. A recent study conducted by Yale, Harvard and Mass General Hospital, suggests that meditation can increase gray matter in the parts of the brain most closely associated with processing information and paying attention as well as sensory input. An eight week study revealed an increase in neurons in the region of the brain related to memory and learning, the hippocampus. On average, people who meditate on a regular basis need less sleep than those who don’t to achieve the same level of awareness.
Earlier this year, the American Heart Association cited that meditation lowers blood pressure without the use of drugs and pills. With so many mental and health benefits associated with meditation, it’s easy to see why so many people are turning to this ancient art to alleviate high blood pressure and increase their brains natural ability.
Given all the positive effects meditation can have on the body and the mind, it’s no wonder why so many holistic healers rely on it to help their patients.
In a day and age where medication is not cheap, and prescription drugs kill 100,000 people each year, it’s time we embrace a cheaper and more natural alternative form of healing into our medical community. To meditate, in the broadest sense, is to cultivate mental concentration and clarity, and for most people this results in a greater calm.
Though he speaks only of Transcendental Meditation — a simple technique practiced for 20 minutes, twice each day — David Lynch’s stirring explanation in the YouTube video below offers a view of what meditation can mean. Beyond finding sanity and experiencing a broader consciousness, many people turn to meditation to meet some highly specific health goals.
Some evidence of the more general benefits of which Quigley speaks may be found in the photos below, all taken by Peter Seidler before and after a month-long meditation retreat.

Others who practice meditation, including Frank Spera of Summit Behavioral Health, are inclined to use the practice purposefully. With his many clients, Spera uses both meditation techniques and hypnosis to promote relaxation or to help them past a traumatic event… to work through their grief or to manage their aches and pains. Now people from every walk of life utilize meditation in their personal lives for its calming effects. People who participated in the study showed increased gray matter when they had their brains scanned.
This practice was once reserved for very religious figures but in the future, everyone may meditate. 90% of all diseases and illnesses are either caused or aggravated by stress, and meditation is a great way to restore balance in your body. While the term is used to refer to many different types of similar techniques, the word itself is derived from the Latin, meditari, which means to concentrate. In practice, most techniques involve some form of relaxed posture and concentration on either the breath, the body, or specific words, a concept, or prayer.
Seidler is an artist and student of Buddhism for more than 20 years and a change agent who currently organizes and coaches global creative teams and coaches individual clients to help them become stronger, more alive human beings.
Several recent studies suggest that meditation also plays a key role in promoting proper brain function. Similar research has revealed an increase of neurons in the region of the brain responsible for concentration. People who meditate on a regular basis are hardly ever tense and this may be the reason for the lower blood pressure.

When stress is permitted to build up and accumulate, it can negatively affect the body and lead to significant health problems. Given the ringing endorsement that meditation received from the American Heart Association, we may soon see doctors advising their patients to meditate as a means to relieve their hypertension. A shift in consciousness causes a shift in biology, and when you are peaceful and calm during meditation, you release chemicals such as seratonin, oxytocin, and dopamine which help stabilize the immune system. This, then, is the core intention of any technique, no matter its cultural or traditional root and regardless of those attempting to achieve other goals. Having health as a goal might become an obstacle to that desired result.” Any benefit would come, more naturally, he explained from constantly letting go into the moment.
Not only does he use meditation in his practice but he has used various techniques to deal with “some physical issues with my back,” he told Medical Daily.
There was also an increase of neurons in the area of the brain responsible for emotions and the region of the brain that processes sights and sounds. People who meditate address their stress on a regular basis and alleviate it so it doesn’t accumulate.

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