Rid Yourself of Stress, High Blood Pressure and Sleep Better
Meditation, but not just any kind, has the potential to lower your blood pressure, increase your ability to learn and clear your mind. Transcendental meditation, a technique offered in the United States since 1959 has medically and statistically proven benefits to your health.
It’s a well known fact that stress damages our brain and our body by creating chronic disease. It causes us to do things without thinking, to make poor decisions, to be more emotional, distracted and exhausted. If you’re in a caregiving role, it’s likely you experience stress on a daily basis. It’s time to take a daily vacation from stress by considering the practice of transcendental meditation.
Very simplistically, TM or transcendental meditation strengthens the brain’s communication network.
It returns the ability to think clearly. It strengthens the immune function of the body so we feel more healthy and optimistic. It returns our ability to be compassionate and empathetic in caring for others.
TM is not like other meditation where you imagine yourself as a bright light or on a certain path.
It “provides the experience of restful alertness”.1 It’s also not something you can teach yourself or learn on your own. My husband years ago was working a very stressful job when we lived in the Los Angeles area. His blood pressure at age 30 was sky high. His doctor told him that he could either choose have a heart attack by doing nothing (he didn’t want to take medication) or choose to learn TM which has the proven ability to lower blood pressure and stress among many other benefits. He chose the latter and learned TM.
I saw it as a secret society because he would come home from his TM classes and couldn’t or wouldn’t talk about what happened. There were weekends he had to take flowers or fruit to class. It seemed odd. Admittedly I was a bit jealous that he wouldn’t give the secrets away. Yet TM did have the desired result, his blood pressure decreased to a normal level and he was able to manage the stress of his job much better. Because of the work I do and my interest in maintaining my health I’ve decided to try TM. My first class is this week; I’ll keep you updated on the results.
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