As you know, stress affects our blood pressure. It causes muscle tension. And the one many of us recognise is difficulty sleeping.
We as people we don't always recognise when our bodies are under stress; that's where meditation can help us to relax, releasing the pressure our bodies can be under.
In meditation muscular tension will be released, automatically relieves pain and increases mobility letting the body relax. As a result, the breath, body fluids and nerve impulses can flow more freely.
Meditation stimulates the immune system and the production of white blood cells. The immune system winds down when the body is stressed. The healing process works best when the body is relaxed or sleeping. It is so important to get as many hours of sleep as possible to give your body time to recover from the day.
Meditation increases blood circulation to the digestive tract, the skin, the brain. When we are stressed, our digestive system shuts down. The blood supply is re-directed into the muscles for the "fight-or-flight" reflex. Meditation reverses this, and the digestive system can function efficiently again. The flow of blood to the skin and the extremities can be directly experienced as a pleasant tingling when you relax. Improved circulation means your entire body is better fed with nutrients and waste products removed more efficiently.
Meditation dramatically affects hormonal activity. The stress hormones diminish during meditation: however, it also appears that a person who meditates regularly brings about a pattern of hormonal secretion. This is generally typical of someone five to ten years younger than themselves; this suggests that the physical stresses of age do not weigh heavily on a person who meditated. Meditators are like people who are very fit. They often look younger than their actual age.
Meditation balances left and right hemisphere activity. Each hemisphere of the brain governs the motor coordination of the opposite side of the body. If one hemisphere is overactive, the body can be slightly lopsided, twisted or out of balance, which naturally creates physical tension. Anxious people tend to tie themselves in knots. The left hemisphere usually governs thinking while the right rules feelings. Many of us get caught on one side or the other. We may be overthinking all day or awash with emotion. Meditation balances these.
General health indications. The medical evidence suggests that meditation can benefit insomnia, migraine, asthma, chronic pain, hypertension, allergies and recovery after illness. In addition, it frequently has positive results with psychosomatic skin disorders, digestive tract and nervous system.
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