SAD Meditation Benefits

Social anxiety disorder, also called social phobia, which is when a person has an unreasonable or excessive fear of social situations and symptom relief, according to researchers at Stanford University, may be a meditation benefit. ᅠᅠ

For those suffering with SAD’s intense nervousness or anxiety can potentially lead to panic attacks. Additionally, there is anticipatory anxiety, which is a fear of a social situation before it happens. Meditation is being shown to have beneficial effects in helping with anticipatory anxiety as well.

But let me have Arlin Cuncic tell you in her own words about the benefits of meditation and SAD’S…

Meditation is a practice that dates back thousands of years and draws on Buddhist principles. During meditation you learn to focus your breathing, reduce negative thinking and live in the present. The practice of meditation has been shown to have a positive impact on many medical and mental health conditions, including social anxiety disorder (SAD).

How does meditation help? In a study at Manchester University, Chris Brown and colleagues found that people who practiced meditation had less negative reactions to pain. As part of the study, participants were administered pin pricks on their arms with a laser; brain scans showed that areas involved in anticipation were much less active in those who meditated.

Anticipatory anxiety plays a large role in SAD; worry about upcoming social or performance situations can cause significant impairment in daily functioning. If meditation helps to reduce anticipation of pain, it follows that it would also help to reduce anticipation of feared events.

Indeed, when researchers at Stanford University looked at brain scans of participants with SAD during meditation, they found changes in brain activity that suggested the potential for a reduction in social anxiety symptoms and reactions to negative self-beliefs.

Finally, meditation is believed to have some direct impact on the body’s nervous system. Breathing, heart rate, and other physiological mechanisms respond to this form of relaxation. Given the role of the fight-or-flight response in SAD, it is easy to see how meditation may also have a direct posit

Social anxiety disorder is, according to research, the most common anxiety disorder and the third most common mental disorder in the U.S. and it’s estimated that 19.2 million Americans suffer from it. Is it any wonder, given the meditation benefits regarding the fight-flight response, which researchers are seriously looking at meditation for relief in dealing with SAD’s. ᅠClick here to visit the original source of this post

Traditional meets Alternative in seeing Meditation as a Benefit

Slowly but surely, traditional western medicine is embracing, what used to be called ‘alternative’ practices. Now many of the so called ‘alternative’ practices have redefined as complementary, a better definition, for at least some of these practices.

One of the reasons is because of the new ‘hard science’ that’s now arising around these practices. There are a multitude of new studies extolling the benefits of meditation, yoga, deep breathing and other relaxation therapy’s.

The benefits of meditation alone have been linked to a reduction in the side effects of cancer treatment, a decrease in depression for MS patients and, along with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), to help elevate the symptoms of clinical depression and meditation has been shown to boost cellular health.ᅠ

Check out this primer for do-it-yourself meditation from the Mayo Clinic, or find a class near you. Yoga: Of the many potential benefits of yoga, certain forms have been associated with improving recovery from breast cancer, lessening anxiety and

Of course not all ‘alternative’ practices have proven beneficial effects, but for those with the research behind them, I believe that complementary and traditional western medicine have begun to, at least, ‘shake hands.’

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The Benefits of Meditating in Nature

Nature has a way of creating a meditative state within us, without effort. When you meditate in a place of natural beauty, you know that you’ve arrived a place that feel like home, even if you’ve never been there before, that what meditation is.

The Benefits of Meditating in Nature

The Benefits of Meditating in Nature

When we walk in nature and something beautiful takes our breath away for just a moment, for that moment we are part of the experience, for that moment meditation is not something we are ‘doing’ it’s something we are ‘being.’ᅠ

It didn’t occur to Remington that he was meditating. After a year of clairvoyant training and studying a variety of meditation techniques, it became clear those moments in nature were effective meditations. He shares these nature-based techniques and

There is a magic in nature, notice how your mind settles down, the stress melts away, your breathing deepens and your heart fills with joy.

We evolved in the natural world so make it a practice to meditate in nature as often as you can, and notice how easily your heart opens.

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Health Benefits of Meditation

Meditation as a practice is paradoxical, it is on the one hand simple and on the other it’s a powerful tool that leads us to a state of deep relaxation, dissolving fatigue and all the accumulated stress which speeds up the aging process.

As we meditate, our breathing slows, our blood pressure, along with our heart rate, decreases and our stress hormone levels fall. People that meditate regularly are found to be less hypertensive, develop less heart disease and all other stress related illnesses.ᅠ

Health Benefits of Meditation by Jenni Sunde, guest author. Meditation, when used as a health tool, can significantly increase an individual’s sense of

Meditation not only helps people feel calmer but the practice has been shown to  produce changes in the brain, including areas associated with memory, empathy, a sense of self as well as stress regulation. There is a growing body of research about the role of meditation and the brain’s capacity to grow and change (even at later stages in life) along the brain’s amazing plasticity.

This blog is about the meditation benefits of a regular practice, and so, the health benefits of nurturing our brain’s power to help us sustain a youthful mind and presence so we may tap into our inner reservoir of energy, creativity, peace and love.

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The Meditation Benefits are in the DNA

At Harvard University researchers analyzed blood samples and found that there was a difference in how genes expressed themselves between meditators and a control group. This met that meditation caused hundreds of genes to turn on and off.

 

Meditation Benefits are in the DNA

Meditation Benefits are in the DNA

 

 

What was the significance? A number of the genes were involved in the body’s response to ‘oxidative stress’ and cellular metabolism. One of our biological responses to mental and emotional stress is oxidative stress, which produces free radicals.

The conclusion of the Harvard study was that there is verifiable scientific proof that meditation has positive genetic effects influencing cell metabolism as well as a positive response to oxidative stress.

Meditation not only affects our genes it also affects our DNA. In a 2010 study, meditation was shown to have a positive effect on telomerase activity in the immune cells. This is important because, telomerase is an enzyme that can repair the telomeres.

And what are telomeres and why are they important? Telomeres are little caps at the end of our chromosomes that protects our DNA. It turn out that these little caps ultimately have an effect on the aging process.

There is a new blood test that measures the length of the telomeres, which can be used to measure how fast a person is aging. The hope being that maybe the test will motivate people to take action, or better yet sit quietly and meditate, to improve their health.

Stress hormones, which play an important part in aging, are regulated by RNA, which is a copy of the DNA. RNA is the active copy and is constantly changing instructions. So by choosing a lifestyle that reduces stress your RNA responds by producing fewer stress hormones

Meditation may not be the actual fountain of youth, and yet, because of the meditation benefit for our DNA created by relieving the symptoms of stress and helping us to let go of our daily anxieties, meditation, just may be as close as we can come.

Here are the posts on this Weeks topic ~ the Positive  Benefits of Meditation on DNA

Spiritual-Wellness-Happiness: DNA and Rejuvenation

Outside the biologists test tubes and flasks, DNA gets influenced by your every thought, feeling, and action. The stress hormones that play such a critical part in aging are regulated by RNA, which is a copy of DNA; even though the DNA

Publish Date: 04/29/2011 7:00

http://s.buddharocks.org/2011/04/dna-and-rejuvenation.html

The Use of Meditation in Cancer Treatment | Neuroscienze.net

The benefits of meditation are therefore in direct contrast with so-called “modern” medicine which is carried out hurriedly, aggressively and using expressions such as “It is useless to look elsewhere, there is nothing else that can be done ”. ….. To explain this hypothesis has been formed that meditation could help to achieve a very good state of balance in biochemical development which would maximize the efficient use of DNA to induce itself to self-repair. …

Publish Date: 05/17/2011 5:44

http://www.neuroscienze.net/?p=1940

Scientific Research – Get Truth About Meditation

Many other researchers have described the benefits of alpha and theta brain wave states. Budzynski has done extensive research on learning and suggestion when the brain is in a theta state. Theta, Budzynski suggested, is the state in which superlearning takes place—when in theta, …. Cells that are at sub-optimal levels are stimulated to ‘turn on’ and produce what they’re supposed to produce, probably through DNA, which is stimulated through the cell membrane… …

Publish Date: 02/01/2001 0:00

http://gettruthaboutmeditationnow.com/scientific-research/

Harvard Study finds that Meditation Impacts DNA | David R Hamilton PhD

People have meditated for years and enjoyed better health (and a slower aging process) but many others have been skeptical as to its benefits. Now, we have solid scientific proof of the positive genetic effects of meditation in that it …

Publish Date: 04/19/2011 4:40

http://drdavidhamilton.com/?p=180

 

Enjoy a couple of You Tube Videos that use binaural beats so your DNA can kick back and relax.

Conscious Release- sonic DNA ascension – Solfeggio & binaural beats

Conscious Release www.unisonicascension.com This Silk Road inspired meditation incorporates 10 Solfeggio frequencies in total, from delicate background sounds, to the featured oriental Koto tuned to: 396Hz, 417Hz, 528Hz, and 639Hz. This beautiful Kot…

528 Hz Alpha Binaural Beat (listen with stereo headphones)

528 Hz Alpha binaural beat HQ mp3 download: www.unisonicascension.com 528 Hz ; the love frequency, is used as a binaural beat at the speed 10 Hz for this 528 Hz binaural meditation. www.unisonicascension.com The 528 Hz Solfeggio frequencie is from an…

Helping Overwhelmed caregivers a Meditation Benefit

Because caregivers for both the ill and the elderly are under so much stress that the relief meditation provides make it a natural tool to use to help alleviate the stress. Studies are showing that a meditation routine improves the mental and physical health of caregivers.ᅠ

HONOLULU — Home-based caregivers of ill or elderly family members are under enormous physical and mental stress, but daily meditative yoga may be a simple, effective strategy for maintaining health, according to a study presented this week at the  
Los Angeles Times

The caregivers in this study were divided into two groups, one practiced Kirtan Kirya yoga, a meditation exercise, and the other group listened to relaxation tapes. And while both group benefited, those who practiced the meditation reported greater improvements in the quality of their lives, including the feeling that care-giving wasn’t as much of a burden as it had been before.

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Elevating Insomnia a Meditation Benefit

Insomnia is a growing and widespread health problem around the globe, a problem that tends to become worse as we age. Deep, rejuvenating sleep is necessary for regaining our vitality. Almost one in five adults suffers the consequences of poor sleep, which causes daytime fatigue and affect the quality of our lives.

Meditation practiced in the evening before bed is a wonderful way to prepare for sleep, because allows the mind to settle so that the transition from waking to sleep is easy and natural. Many meditators report that they sleep better and need less of it.ᅠ

Insomnia is a big deal these days for more and more people are getting affected by it in the process. If you are one of those suffering from this condition, …

If you find that you really can’t sleep or if you find yourself wide awake in the middle of the night, try getting out of bed and meditating.  Even if you don’t become sleepy again right away, you will at least be in a state of deep relaxation. One of the benefits of meditation is that as your regular meditation practice develops, worries and anxieties begin to diminish and as a consequence sleep comes more easily.

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BJELILA SOUND MEDITATION

Here are three different videos that each creates a completely uniqueᅠ

Sound Of Meditation By Nikostrat – BJELILA SOUND MEDITATION
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Then  third video takes you on a journey into deep inner awareness, with a Native American electronic feel.

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It’s Time for Your Meditation Benefits

Because the benefits of meditation are so much in the news and because there is so much research being done there’s a tendency to begin to see meditation as a cure all. I believe this is a mistake. Meditation, as it relates to the physical, is a wellness practice, a preventive and as a complementary and not alternative medical practice.

“We believe that in meditation, focusing attention on breathing, for example, anchors the individual in the present and not the past or the future. When the individual experiences pain, they do not block it out, |but deal with it in a less negative way

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That said, as this article points out meditation is helpful in alleviating or in the prevention of symptoms from depression to irritable bowel syndrome or from social anxiety to pain reduction.

Is it difficult to meditate?

Meditation is a paradox and that may just be one of the benefits of meditation. On the surface meditation is the simplest thing a person can do, sit, close your eyes and quiet your mind. It’s that last instruction, quieting your mind, which turns out to be such a challenge; it’s the first complaint of a new meditator.

The paradox is that this challenge can lead us to a realization, that we are not our thoughts; we are the witness of our thoughts. This realization is an awakening, as we continue to watch our thoughts the more present we become and the less our thoughts become a challenge.ᅠ

There are dozens of techniques, but in its simplest form, the how meditation is explained in no time:(1) focus attention on the breath and bodily

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This awakening to the ‘witness’ is both a paradox and the most powerful meditation benefit.