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69Spiritual Practices Good for Your Health

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  • swamijb
    Dec 28 8:31 AM
      Swami J's Newsletter

      December 28, 2001

      Dear Friends,

      In response to the newsletter just sent out, on the encyclopedic
      definition of meditation, somebody just forwarded to me the link
      below. It is about some research just published in the British
      Medical Journal.


      The article includes the comment, "During both the Ave Maria and the
      yoga mantra, respiratory rate was just six breaths per minute,
      compared with 14.1 per minute during spontaneous breathing."

      Slowing breath in this way has in recent years become more widely
      accepted as a means of regulating the autonomic nervous system, thus
      reducing stress, and thus improving health.

      For the spiritual seeker, this sets the stage for the deeper
      practices of meditation and contemplation, by which ones awareness is
      eventually able to go beyond the body, breath, and mind, to the
      center of consciousness, sometimes called realization of the Self.

      In loving service,

      Swami J