I’m writing this piece about meditation not as a well versed, practicing for years, can float-in-the-air guru. I’m writing this as a wannabe. Because, come on, all the cool kids are doing it.
For me meditation is like exercise. The idea of doing it is fantastic, the benefits of it are endless, it’s easy to do, and once I’ve done it for a week I feel my life changing. And then I get lazy and fall off the wagon.
What are the benefits of meditation?Recently I became the patient instead of the doctor, and I learned, first-hand, the benefits of meditation on health. Stress makes every medical condition worse, and meditation deceases stress. As I tell my kids –there are so many things you can’t control in life, so control what you can.
If you do an internet search on the benefits of meditation, you will come across countless studies of how it increases the gray matter of your brain, reduces your blood pressure, increases your immunity, slows down aging, and the list goes on. I can’t confirm the veracity of these studies, so I’ll just tell you what happens to me after just one week of meditation. My stress is lower, I can concentrate more, I’m more present through out my day, and I’m more even keeled. For 10 minutes of (non)work those are great results.
What I love about meditation is how there’s no investment, you can do it anywhere, anytime, and most importantly, it doesn’t require a $150 pair of yoga pants. My least favorite part is that when you stop doing it, you stop seeing the benefits.
How do you begin meditating?Getting started is as simple as saying you want to. You can learn how to meditate through a class at your local community center, using apps such as Headspace and Meditation oasis, or by just going for it. I prefer the last of these options, and the simplest form of meditation.
Set yourself a goal of doing it for one week and see what you think.
Posted by Nina Hamza, MD, Ridgeview Medical Center
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