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Benefits of Meditation: Greater Focus, Less Headaches, and Ability to 'Pull Creatively' From Beyond!

April 20, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 93

You've just finished a great, full-body workout in the morning. You've taken a shower, consumed a green smoothie, and possibly eaten a banana or two. Now you're at your desk, ready to begin doing a bit of work on the computer.

What's a great step to take, before diving into your daily mass of social media messages, twitter updates, emails, or other 'digital work?'

Well, how about this: Try 15 minutes of meditation.

You don't have to chant. You don't have to use mantras. You don't have to attempt anything other than a simple, breath-focused, period of silence, to enjoy the benefits of meditation. Do this and you'll experience a deep sense of calm that may just stay with you for the rest of your day.

I just finished re-reading a few sections from Dr. Khalsa, M.D.'s excellent book, Meditation As Medicine. Before reading it, I always thought of meditation as little more than 'personal quiet time.' I had no idea that modern science is just now beginning to verify what practitioners of this ancient art have known for centuries; that meditation can have a deep, lasting impact on the physical and psychological well-being of anyone willing to try it for even a few minutes a day.

Just take a look at some of the benefits of meditation, derived from 'rigorous studies' performed by the Federal Government's Office of Alternative Medicine. These are cited by Dr. Khalsa, M.D. in his book. '(The) research indicates that the relaxation response---in which meditators sit quietly and clear their minds, achieves the following biological reactions.'

*Lower secretion of stress hormones.

*Increase in immune factors, including blood leucocyte production.

*Calm brain-wave activity.

As a result of these factors, meditators participating in the OAM studies showed even more amazing benefits; such as:

*Premenstrual symptoms decreased by 57%.

*Migraine headaches decreased noticeably.

*Working people missed fewer days due to sickness.

*Anxiety and depression reduced significantly.

*Patients with aids and cancer experienced decreased symptoms.

*75% of patients with insomnia were cured.

*Patients suffering from chronic pain required an average of 36% less treatment.

*Patients with high blood pressure were either completely cured, or showed marked improvement.

You can begin experiencing benefits like these, right now, by doing just 15 minutes of breath-focused meditation. Do this:

Sit in a comfortable position. Now focus only upon the quiet breath, moving in and out of your lungs. Do not attempt to alter your breathing in any way. It will naturally slow, and maybe even stop, at times, during this exercise.

Simply observe. Do not judge any thought that enters your mind. Observe a thought, as it arises, in a detached way, as if viewing it from outside yourself. Then, simply bring your attention back to the breath, moving gently in and out of your lungs.

Do this for 15 minutes, each day, after your morning workout. If you stay consistent with this practice, you'll begin to experience psychological, physical, perhaps even spiritual, benefits that extend well beyond the 15 minute meditation sessions themselves.

If you're anything like me, you'll experience a sense of calm focus that lasts hours after your 15 minutes are completed. You'll handle stressful issues that may come up on that computer in a more relaxed, confident way.

Heck, you might even become a better writer. I've noticed, after meditation sessions, that even my written word seems to come from somewhere beyond my conscious mind, in a more focused, calm, and natural way. I'd say this:

Practice breath-focused meditation daily. Do it consistently. Be patient. Be disciplined in your efforts. And you may even develop an increased ability to 'pull creatively' from unseen realms which are not yet understood by modern, 'civilized' Man.

Is this a great way to start your day? Absolutely.

Try it now. It works.

Jeff Sekerak

Jeff Sekerak is a former Alaskan Commercial Fisherman, and fast-food addict, turned 'Super-Fit Vegan.' He is the author of the book/DVD, The Super-Fit Vegan: Raw Plant Foods and Body-Weight Exercise for Natural Beauty, a Lean Athletic Body, and Life-Long health, From the Inside Out. Sign up for great, informative, useful blog updates on the 'super-fit vegan' lifestyle, at Plus, read Jeff's current blog posts at (he's got a TON of great, free info there right now!)

*copyright 2012, Jeff Sekerak, all rights reserved. Consult your doctor before engaging in any diet or exercise program.

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