Reversing Memory Loss a Meditation Benefit

One of the most scientifically proven ways to elicit the relaxation response is with meditation; and eliciting the relaxation response may be one of the most powerful ways to delay the onset of memory loss or even Alzheimer’s disease. This is due to the fact that when we are stressed we produce more of a, brain cell killing, hormone called cortisol.

The benefit of meditation is the anti-stress response that it creates reverses the effects of stress and as a result a lower production of cortisol.ᅠ

For the past decade or so, the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation (ARPF), of which I’m president, has been researching a simple, 12-minute meditation technique called Kirtan Kriya (KK). KK comes from the Kundalini Yoga tradition as taught

The various approaches to meditation all seem to have a positive effect on stress, while improving overall health and well-being. The benefits of stress reduction are basically the same for mantra based meditation practices, such as Transcendental Meditation or Primordial Sound Meditation, as well as mindfulness meditation, whether in the traditional Buddhist form or the mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) program, taught by John Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. and others.

To this point the studies have not be done regarding the long term effects of meditation on memory loss, but we can say the meditation has been proven to be of benefit in creating a healthy life style.

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Is living longer really a meditation Benefit?

The stress of everyday life can have direct toil on our health; in fact our very chromosomes are affected by stress. At the ends of our chromosomes are little caps that protect our DNA called telomeres.  When we are stressed the telomeres, which normally get a bit shorter each time a cell divides, begin to show exceptional wear, causing disruption to the cell’s life cycle, which in turn causing ageing.

Is living longer really a meditation Benefit?

Is living longer really a meditation Benefit?

However, there is an enzyme that can repair the telomeres, called telomerase, which maintains and prolongs the life of our cells. And you guess it, one of the benefits of meditation is an increase in telomerase, which slows the unraveling of the telomeres.ᅠ

By Miriam Stoppard, Daily Mirror 19/05/2011 The benefits of meditation are many, as anyone who meditates knows, but claiming it can help you live longer seems a trifle OTT. However, a good study from a meditation centre in Colorado, US, suggests that

Scientific studies have shown that regular meditators have greater telomerase activity in their immune cells. This is a benefit that you get from any type of meditation, though most of the studies used mindfulness meditation techniques.

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Finding Your Peace is a Meditation Benefit

Meditation is a way to find personal peace and as a consequence finding personal peace the world is more peaceful. Ed and Deb Shapiro address this topic and quote contributors, Lindsay Crouse and Matthew Fox, from their wonderful new book, “Be The Change.”ᅠ

When we find our peace, as we do in meditation, then that means there is one less person suffering and one less person causing suffering to others. We have spent the better part of our lives studying, practicing and teaching meditation in different

This meditation benefit was summed up so eloquently thousands of years ago by Lao Tsu;

Lao Tsu

Lao Tsu-Peace is a Meditation Benefit

If there is to be peace in the world,
there must be peace in the nations.
If there is to be peace in the nations,
there must be peace in the cities.
If there is to be peace in the cities,
there must be peace between neighbors.
If there is to be peace between neighbors,
there must be peace in the home.
If there is to be peace in the home,
there must be peace in the heart.

Meditation is the key finding ‘peace in the heart.

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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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Relaxation Meditation for Stress Relief

Here are three different videos that each creates a completely unique meditative experience.ᅠ

Rob Arthur – Meditation
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The first video is light and airy, met, as the title indicates, for stress reduction, to be used as a relaxation meditation technique.

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Relieving Menopausal Hot Flashes a Meditation Benefit

The meditation benefits for women who are suffering from hot flashes are not as clear cut as one would hope. It seems that while meditation did help with stress related symptoms, but when it came to the frequency of hot flashes there was no difference between meditators and non-meditators.ᅠ

“There are many women who do not take hormones … much less, other medicines. Moreover, they can be quite receptive to the practice of meditation and relaxation,” said Freeman, who was not involved in the study. Women suffer from intense hot flashes  

In a University of Massachusetts study, researchers from the school of Medicine did find that the women who meditated felt an improvement in quality of life, where sleeping better and felt they could better handle the hot flashes.

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The Laughing Meditation Benefits

Laughter is a basic human need and provides a number of health benefits. Laughing meditation is a simple technique that allows you to experience all the positive benefits, from stress reduction to an enhanced immune system.

Laughter is contagious, spreading its benefits of inspiration, optimism and when shared, it brings a closeness that binds people together. Because laughing meditation helps lighten burdens it’s a wonderful resource for overcoming problems.ᅠ

by Contributed – Story: 61955 Regular readers of this column might recall a previous story about Angus the dog and the problems inherent in walking meditation with such a dog. That problem was solved in a rather ingenious way, if I do say so myself.

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Like music, laughing is a universal language, crossing all language and cultural barriers. Besides, laughing is fun and the side effect is good health. Laughing meditation classes are starting to show up all over and this technique has proven itself to help you create real well-being.