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The regular practice of mindfulness meditation improves concentration, memory, emotional and physical health and the immune system, reduces stress, anxiety, and depression, as well as lowers blood pressure among many other benefits. In a few words: You are happier, clear and calm, proven fact!
One of the most common problems caused by suffering from high levels of stress is the difficulty to sleep well. In a blind clinical trial, Dr. Sanford Nidich and his collaborators from Maharishi University found that imprisoned prisoners managed to sleep better after four months of regular practice of transcendental meditation.
Reduces blood pressure
Cardiologist Herbert Benson of the Harvard Medical School was one of the first scientists to suspect that regular meditation practice could help lower blood pressure. Doctor Benson's suspicions have been corroborated later by multiple studies such as that conducted by Jeanie Park and his collaborators called "Mindfulness Meditation Lowers Muscle Sympathetic Nerve Activity and Blood Pressure in African-American Males with Chronic Kidney Disease," published on May 14, 2014.
Reduces stress and cortisol levels
Researcher Melissa Rosenkranz and her colleagues found that people who meditate enjoy reduced levels of cortisol in the blood, the hormone related to stress. In general, people who meditate suffer less stress, and their responses to stressful stimuli are less than people who do not meditate.
The Italian Neuroscientist Guiseppe Pagnoni discovered that meditation practitioners manage to focus their attention more effectively than people who do not practice meditation. In their study, participants were presented with rapidly passing numbers, as fast as 100 numbers per minute, on a computer screen. Participants had to press a button when they identified a predetermined desired series, such as 3-2-7. If the participant took a long time to press the button it was considered that "he had lost the series" while pressing the button when the series was not presented was considered a false alarm. Meditation practitioners performed this task of intense concentration with a performance superior to non-meditators.
Better interpersonal relationships
The practice of mindfulness meditation or mindfulness helps us to be more compassionate to ourselves and also to others. This acquired openness and acceptance allows us to put ourselves more easily in the shoes of other people, to be better listeners. Those around us become more willing to share with us, and to enjoy our company.
Strengthen your immune system
The practice of full consciousness meditation goes far beyond relaxation and stress reduction. Harvard University School of Medicine and Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, led by Dr. Elissa Epel in Psychiatry, observed changes in genes related to inflammation, healing, and genes that fight virus. They also found changes in the telomerase enzyme that is crucial for the development and good cellular maintenance.
The shortening of telomeres is related to different chronic diseases, therefore, the study sees a direct relationship between the practice of meditation and the strengthening of our health.