It is not the first time I have mentioned it, and it won’t be the last. It’s an age old practice proven to be extremely beneficial to our mental and physical health. The ancients used it regularly to achieve a better sense of balance and control in their lives — and to heal disease.
And coming back to how to lengthen telomeres with meditation, it has been shown that it reduces stress and increases telomerase, the enzyme that replenishes telomeres.
There are many different types of meditation, I have tried quite a few, and enjoy all of them. Each way of meditating has it’s own nuance, and is essentially about creating, and then maintaining an alert, but calm state of consciousness — where the mind is aware while the body is relaxed.
The key is regular practice, ideally at the same time every day, so that it becomes a routine, that becomes part of who you are. Once you get to that point, the body is better able to kick start its natural ability to heal.
Since a large part of meditation is about being aware of our thoughts, and how the mind can be highjacked by our thoughts, it’s no surprise that many of the outcomes directly affect our mental state, in a positive way.
It enhances our brain function, and as a result, leads to:
- better focus
- cognitive skills
- creativity and intuition
- a calmer, sharper mind that does a better job of processing information, making decisions, solving problems, and ignoring distractions
Also, increased serotonin production comes from meditating. It can boost your mood, behaviour, and your general level of happiness, thus having a positive effect on anxiety, stress and depression.
If meditation has all these positive effects on the brain, it’s only natural for those benefits to translate to the physical body.
Among its many benefits, meditation helps to manage your heart rate and breathing rate.
It also improves mitochondrial energy production and consumption, which effectively means more energy, a boosted immune system and a resilience to stress.
Other studies have shown that it reduces blood pressure, and inflammatory markers go down, helping to decrease the effects of inflammatory disorders such as premenstrual syndrome, and menopausal symptoms, and that’s just for starters. Our bodies are constantly under stress, which is one of the main causes of inflammation, that’s where most diseases start.
When you combine these benefits with the fact that you are now regularly getting a better perspective and awareness of who you really are and how you function best, it’ll come as no surprise that you will start to see your relationships improve as well. Why wouldn’t they? You’re in better physical condition, with a better mental state, and you’re able to see yourself and those around you in a brand new light. Others will surely be able to see it too and be drawn to it.
Here’s the thing about meditation –
You don’t need to be a body or brain expert in order to discover or confirm these positive effects.
You also don’t need to be a yogi, a shaman, in order for it to have a tremendous impact on your life.
You just need to experience it yourself a few times, and then you’ll know why millions are embracing this powerful practice.
So here is a simple mindfulness meditation, using gratitude.