Indiblogger’s invitation to make a pledge at Billion Hearts Beating website resulted in this post – because I pledged to meditate for at least 20 minutes a day.
Why meditate and how can it benefit heart health?
Meditation is one of the best gifts you can give your heart, to help it stay healthy. Let’s look at what happens when we practice meditation:
- the heart rate and breathing slow down
- the blood pressure becomes normal
- oxygen is used more efficiently by our body
- we sweat less
- there is less cortisol from the adrenal glands
- the mind ages at a slower rate
- the immune function improves
And if that’s not good enough, people who meditate find it much easier to give up smoking, drinking and drugs – three things we must aim to avoid, to keep our hearts healthy.
The heart’s health is critical to our physical health, emotional well-being and spiritual development. The heart also has a vital role in our overall health.
How does meditation work?
During meditation, we sit in a relaxed position and clear our mind. It helps to focus on a a sound such as “OM” or just nothing. About fifteen to twenty minutes – preferably distraction-free, is essential. Privacy and silence certainly help, but when you practice meditation regularly, you can do it jut about anywhere.
Meditation is free. You can do it any time. It is wonderfully effective as a stress reliever for long -term overall health. You can experience its benefits after just one session. You don’t need an experienced instructor – because you can even learn it from a book or from free videos.
Even if it takes a little time to master, it’s worth the effort.
Meditation scores over other activities because there are absolutely no side effects. Even people with physical disabilities can practice meditation. You do need some discipline and commitment – but when you consider the benefits – isn’t it worth it?
So take the pledge. You have everything to gain.
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