Meditation, the age old art of turning off one’s mind and just being. Long have the importance of meditation been documented throughout history, specifically in many Eastern religions, most notably Buddhism and Daoism.
Followers of Buddhism and Daoism will often go on long retreats, (we’re talking two weeks) where they do nothing but meditate the entire time, stopping only to eat and sleep, focusing primarily on disconnecting from the modern world.
Fortunately, you don’t need to go on a retreat in order to reap the health benefits of meditation.
Meditation can be as easy as turning off the television, closing your eyes, and breathing deeply. Doing this for as little as five minutes can help relieve stress, regulate heartbeat, lower blood pressure, and increase brain activity.
Studies have shown that daily meditation can lead to overall better health and may even prolong one’s life. Many health and wellness experts also insist that meditation is a crucial part of a healthy lifestyle along with diet and exercise.
Still don’t believe me? Try it for one week, for only five minutes a day. I guarantee that not only will you feel better on a daily basis, but that you will soon be telling your friends the same thing I’m telling you. In a world with so many addictions, isn’t it time that you picked up a healthy one?
Whether your intentions are to get close to whatever God you believe in, or if you simply want to have a calmer life, meditation is the answer you’ve been looking for.