Finding Wellness and Inner Peace
"Over 18 million adults in the U.S. practice meditation."
—National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
What you need to know about meditation
With over 18 million adults practicing, meditation has become a thriving business in the U.S. today. Predictions show a likelihood for further growth as the demand for stress reduction and improved health is on the rise. Stress impacts over 75% of all adults. As an indicator, meditation wellness programs have proven to be successful in top U.S. companies, like Apple, Aetna, HBO, Google, Nike, Proctor & Gamble, and Yahoo.
Stress is a major cause of disease. A deep meditation technique reduces stress and restores balance.
''Stress in America continues to escalate and is affecting every aspect of people's lives — from work to personal relationships to sleep patterns and eating habits, as well as their health,” says psychologist Russ Newman, PhD, JD, APA executive director for professional practice. “We know that stress is a fact of life and some stress can have a positive impact, however, the high stress levels that many Americans report experiencing can have long-term health consequences, ranging from fatigue to obesity and heart disease.”
A Rand study provides pointers for employers on employee wellness programs. The study shows a wellness program that targets disease, yields a much higher return than a program that targets lifestyle management. The study reports, "Efforts to help employees manage chronic illnesses saved $3.78 in health care costs for every $1 invested in the effort. Essentially the report indicates that wellness programs that target disease reduces health care costs.
While companies gained in profits, employees become healthier.
Another analysis revealed that people who used relaxation techniques were 43 percent less likely to visit the hospital, be ordered a medical test by their doctor, or to need emergency care, compared to those who did not use the practices.
Silent mantra meditation dissolves stress targeting both disease and lifestyle wellness.
According to the Mayo Clinic, "Stress symptoms may be affecting your health, even though you might not realize it. You may think illness is to blame for that nagging headache, your frequent insomnia or your decreased productivity at work. But stress may actually be the culprit."
"Stress that's left unchecked can contribute to many
As the sign of the times, meditation is in the news, boasting that a daily meditation practice rewires the brain for happiness, improves memory and learning, reduces stress, improves heart health, and curbs impulse eating. We are seeing meditation rooms sprouting up in metropolitan airports, offering a place of calm and rejuvenation amidst the hectic, stressful pace of travel. Police use meditation training in Canada and France. Chief Sylvia Moir, the head of the Tempe Police Department in Arizona, believes "teaching and practicing meditation should be a key piece of police officer development." In schools, meditation programs boast impressive results showing fewer incidents of violence, and improved grades. Studies overall show that children and adults that practice daily meditation are happier, healthier, and more productive. For many Americans, meditation has become an essential daily ritual for health, like exercising or flossing your teeth.
A 2012 report from the National Institute of Health shows that over 8 percent of
adults and 1.6 percent of the children in the U.S. practice meditation.
According to data compiled by the Social Security Administration: A man reaching age 65 today can expect to live, on average, until age 84.3. A woman turning age 65 today can expect to live, on average, until age 86.6. As our life expectancy increases, we need to improve our health, wellness, and quality of life. Heart health, brain function, and longevity of telomeres are negatively affected by aging. Meditation improves these three critical areas of health while it elevates our mood and satisfaction in life.
Prices vary from the free online DIY five-minute version to private one-on-one coaching sessions that can cost thousands of dollars and months of instruction. Not all meditation styles are created equal. So how do you choose?
Listed in no particular order:
"A team of researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, the University of Oslo, and the University of Sydney found that "nondirective" meditation, in which someone achieves a relaxed focus of attention by repeating a mantra or sound and lets his or her mind wander, is the most effective kind of meditation."
--Business Insider 2014
Layer multiple methods when necessary.
In general, find one method of meditation and commit to that practice.
In the case of movement meditation, should you add layers? Could you practice yoga and silent mantra meditation? The answer is yes because both offer unique benefits.
Choosing your meditation instructor
Having a personal meditation teacher, instructor or coach is essential. You might assume that meditation is simple, but having an experienced instructor can make a tremendous difference in your experience and results. Would you rather read a book on yoga, or have a master yoga instructor walk you through each challenge to ensure accuracy, encouragement, and the finest result for your time investment?
"Sara Lazar, a neuroscientist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School said during an interview, "The most important thing, if you’re going to try it, is to find a good teacher. Because it’s simple, but it’s also complex. You have to understand what’s going on in your mind. A good teacher is priceless."
- How many years have you practiced meditation?
- Who did you study with, and for how long?
- What type of support do you offer?
- Why did you become a meditation instructor?
- How has meditation changed your health and wellness?
We encourage you to find the best fit for your health, wellness, and lifestyle. Namaste.
"To find tranquility within is the greatest gift;
to teach others to find their tranquility is the greatest service." — DASA Meditation
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