Reduce Stress with Meditation

Shared By Dr. John Wertish


When I was kid sitting and just being was torture. The type of torture like being grounded as a teenager after dishonest behavior. Decades later I have learned to fall in love with silence. The ability to be with no other distractions and to focus on being present, peaceful, and aware. As we age, we are introduced to more stress such as mortgage, career, and in our personal relationships. With life these stressors never end, and we are in-between control and chaos. I have found that meditation is one of the most research mindful practices that help reduce stress and anxiety.

I found a research review that shares some of the positive health benefits with managing our stress. “A randomized, controlled study] was performed on the effects of an 8-week clinical training program in mindfulness meditation on brain functions. The electrical activity of brain was measured immediately before the meditation and then 4 weeks and 8 weeks after the meditation. At the end of the 8-week period a report suggested “first time significant increases in left-sided anterior activation”, a pattern that is associated with positive effect, in the meditators. This finding demonstrates MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) produces demonstrable effects on brain functions.”

Every time I finished mediation, I feel refreshed and focused. I highly recommend finding some time to sit in the silence and be guided through a mediation process.

Davidson RJ, Zinn JK, Schumacher J. Alterations in Brain and Immune Function Produced by Mindfulness Meditation. Psychosom Med. 2003;65:564–570. [PubMed] [Google Scholar]

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