Last week I sat in a presentation on food addiction led by Dr. Pamela Peeke, a scientist who is deemed an “edu-tainer” for her humorous approach to sharing her wisdom, and New York Times bestselling author of The Hunger Fix. As I sat there laughing at her witty remarks, I also felt intrigued when she boldly said to the audience “You’re a fool if you don’t meditate.”
When she hit me with the fact that studies show that disease–inflammation–is reduced to ZERO when we meditate on a fairly consistent basis, I was stunned. ZERO percent folks. Most of our culture is aware that meditation seems to be a relaxing thing you can do once you’re twisted into a pretzel, however the scientific backing of reducing disease almost completely was astonishing to me.
I had to do more research. I found that the physiological changes not only result in more peace, joy and enthusiasm as the level of energy in the body increases with meditation, but that blood pressure lowers, the levels of blood lactate lower which results in less anxiety attacks, and any tension related pain (headaches, ulcers, insomnia, muscle and joint problems) also lessen. In addition to that, serotonin is increased which improves overall mood and behavior, and the body’s immune system actually gets stronger.
Then Dr. Peeke said only 5 minutes a day can have all these effects. How many minutes are spent scanning through emails or newsfeeds, or flipping through the TV for a good show? Imagine if we started spending 5 minutes a day sitting upright (anywhere or anytime) noticing our breath and noticing our thoughts, we would then experience less anxiety, more emotional stability, increased creativity and intuition, and less anger and irritation; overall a deeper clarity and peace of mind.
What if you’re a person who doesn’t like to sit still? No problem. Take a walk around your block or stroll through a park, and simply pay deeper attention to what’s around you. Notice how your body feels and what kind of thoughts are occupying your brain-space. Maybe you’re more into prayer; and guess what? That is meditation too.
The catch here is we have to be consistent, at least 80% of the time, and in return the benefits are limitless. Join us at SkyTerra and we will help you learn the art of meditation.