Re: [Meditation Society of America] Harvard Medical catching up with yogis
Sometimes stress can cause serious illness. Take a look at the book by Lawrence LeShan, You Can Fight For Your Life about turning on the immune system after counseling discovers the source of overwhelming stress, causing terminal cancer to go into remission. Enough talking will let feelings come out. I like the meditation approach myself because it also allows access to the origin of stress by letting meditation put the intellect “to sleep”, to let feelings bubble up past the intellectual screen that is usually filters or suppresses those feelings. Find a way to work out a solution to the stress, the feelings, and realize the illness is not worth embracing the stress.
--- On Tue, 7/28/09, Jeff Belyea <jeff@...> wrote:
From: Jeff Belyea <jeff@...>
Subject: [Meditation Society of America] Harvard Medical catching up with yogis
Date: Tuesday, July 28, 2009, 1:39 PM
This from another group:
http://www.independ ent.co.uk/ life-style/ health-and- families/ features/ relax-your- way-to-perfect- health-1763109. html
It's a piece of advice that yogis have given for thousands of years: take a deep breath and relax. Watch the tension melt from your muscles and all your niggling worries vanish. Somehow we all know that relaxation is good for us. Now the hard science has caught up – for a comprehensive scientific study showing that deep relaxation changes our bodies on a genetic level has just been published.
I would like to comment a little more. My previous message is the way I actively approach an illness. I would also say that just meditating without a medical issue does calm a person and relieve the chaos in the mind that occurs from normal living. I am sure that relieving that stress would make for a healthier person. Try meditating and you will observe that after about twenty minutes, all those feelings that are banging around will settle down and you will be aware of your central dominant feeling. Meditate another twenty minutes and that will settle also. The problem is that the dominant feeling will occur in the next session, so you have to actively work on you issues between sessions by actively trying to change behavior. For instance, if you find yourself trying to be dominant with another for no evident benefit, let then have their way if no harm is likely to come from doing so. You might feel like you are giving up a part of yourself in doing so, but do it to become a better person. It takes three or four sessions for the chaos to settle enough for the twenty-minute intervals to become evident. After all you have a lifetime of feelings accumulated. After meditating for a few weeks, you are likely to have your friends comment that you are calmer and easier to be with. So for a healthy and fruitful life, as I once saw on a bumper stickers in Berkeley, CA, “Don’t hesitate to meditate” rather than “My karma ran over your dogma”.
--- On Thu, 7/30/09, WestWindWood <westwindwood2003@...> wrote:
From: WestWindWood <westwindwood2003@...>
Subject: Re: [Meditation Society of America] Harvard Medical catching up with yogis
Date: Thursday, July 30, 2009, 1:07 AM
Sometimes stress can cause serious illness.
- Yo WestWind and Papajeff,
Great stuff and thanks for sharing.
Here's a list of 101 Benefits of Meditation
(from http://www.ineedmotivation.com/blog/2008/05/100-benefits-of-meditation/ )
1- It lowers oxygen consumption.
2- It decreases respiratory rate.
3- It increases blood flow and slows the heart rate.
4- Increases exercise tolerance.
5- Leads to a deeper level of physical relaxation.
6- Good for people with high blood pressure.
7- Reduces anxiety attacks by lowering the levels of blood lactate.
8- Decreases muscle tension
9- Helps in chronic diseases like allergies, arthritis etc.
10- Reduces Pre-menstrual Syndrome symptoms.
11- Helps in post-operative healing.
12- Enhances the immune system.
13- Reduces activity of viruses and emotional distress
14- Enhances energy, strength and vigour.
15- Helps with weight loss
16- Reduction of free radicals, less tissue damage
17- Higher skin resistance
18- Drop in cholesterol levels, lowers risk of cardiovascular disease.
19- Improved flow of air to the lungs resulting in easier breathing.
20- Decreases the aging process.
21- Higher levels of DHEAS (Dehydroepiandrosterone)
22- prevented, slowed or controlled pain of chronic diseases
23- Makes you sweat less
24- Cure headaches & migraines
25- Greater Orderliness of Brain Functioning
26- Reduced Need for Medical Care
27- Less energy wasted
28- More inclined to sports, activities
29- Significant relief from asthma
30- improved performance in athletic events
31- Normalizes to your ideal weight
32- harmonizes our endocrine system
33- relaxes our nervous system
34- produce lasting beneficial changes in brain electrical activity
35- Cure infertility (the stresses of infertility can interfere with the release of hormones that regulate ovulation).
36- Builds self-confidence.
37- Increases serotonin level, influences mood and behaviour.
38- Resolve phobias & fears
39- Helps control own thoughts
40- Helps with focus & concentration
41- Increase creativity
42- Increased brain wave coherence.
43- Improved learning ability and memory.
44- Increased feelings of vitality and rejuvenation.
45- Increased emotional stability.
46- improved relationships
47- Mind ages at slower rate
48- Easier to remove bad habits
49- Develops intuition
50- Increased Productivity
51- Improved relations at home & at work
52- Able to see the larger picture in a given situation
53- Helps ignore petty issues
54- Increased ability to solve complex problems
55- Purifies your character
56- Develop will power
57- greater communication between the two brain hemispheres
58- react more quickly and more effectively to a stressful event.
59- increases one's perceptual ability and motor performance
60- higher intelligence growth rate
61- Increased job satisfaction
62- increase in the capacity for intimate contact with loved ones
63- decrease in potential mental illness
64- Better, more sociable behaviour
65- Less aggressiveness
66- Helps in quitting smoking, alcohol addiction
67- Reduces need and dependency on drugs, pills & pharmaceuticals
68- Need less sleep to recover from sleep deprivation
69- Require less time to fall asleep, helps cure insomnia
70- Increases sense of responsibility
71- Reduces road rage
72- Decrease in restless thinking
73- Decreased tendency to worry
74- Increases listening skills and empathy
75- Helps make more accurate judgements
76- Greater tolerance
77- Gives composure to act in considered & constructive ways
78- Grows a stable, more balanced personality
79- Develops emotional maturity
80- Helps keep things in perspective
81- Provides peace of mind, happiness
82- Helps you discover your purpose
83- Increased self-actualization.
84- Increased compassion
85- Growing wisdom
86- Deeper understanding of yourself and others
87- Brings body, mind, spirit in harmony
88- Deeper Level of spiritual relaxation
89- Increased acceptance of oneself
90- helps learn forgiveness
91- Changes attitude toward life
92- Creates a deeper relationship with your God
93- Attain enlightenment
94- greater inner-directedness
95- Helps living in the present moment
96- Creates a widening, deepening capacity for love
97- Discovery of the power and consciousness beyond the ego
98- Experience an inner sense of "Assurance or Knowingness"
99- Experience a sense of "Oneness"
100- Increases the synchronicity in your life
and the 101st is that Meditation is free!
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--- In email@example.com, WestWindWood <westwindwood2003@...> wrote:
> I would like to comment a little more.Â My previous message is the way I actively
> approach an illness.Â I would also say
> that just meditating without a medical issue does calm a person and relieve the
> chaos in the mind that occurs from normal living.Â I am sure that relieving that stress would make for a healthier
> person.Â Try meditating and you will
> observe that after about twenty minutes, all those feelings that are banging
> around will settle down and you will be aware of your central dominant
> feeling.Â Meditate another twenty
> minutes and that will settle also.Â The problem is that the dominant feeling will occur in the next session, so you have to actively work on you issues between sessions by actively trying to change behavior.Â For instance, if you find yourself trying to be dominant with another for no evident benefit, let then have their way if no harm is likely to come from doing so.Â You might feel like you are giving up a part of yourself in doing so, but do it to become a better person.Â It
> takes three or four sessions for the chaos to settle enough for the
> twenty-minute intervals to become evident.Â
> After all you have a lifetime of feelings accumulated.Â After meditating for a few weeks, you are
> likely to have your friends comment that you are calmer and easier to be
> with.Â So for a healthy and fruitful
> life, as I once saw on a bumper stickers in Berkeley, CA, âDonât hesitate to
> meditateâ rather than âMy karma ran over your dogmaâ.
> --- On Thu, 7/30/09, WestWindWood <westwindwood2003@...> wrote:
> From: WestWindWood <westwindwood2003@...>
> Subject: Re: [Meditation Society of America] Harvard Medical catching up with yogis
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Date: Thursday, July 30, 2009, 1:07 AM
> Sometimes stress can cause serious
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