Studies suggest that regular meditation for 15 minutes or more a day decreases blood pressure, lowers the heart rate and increases blood flow to the extremities. Recent research also indicates that with long-term practice, meditation may combat cognitive decline and stimulate the growth of brain tissue. It has also been linked to stronger immune responses when fighting infection.For breath counting, I recommend assigning a number to each outbreath from one to four and then starting over.
The key to successful and calming meditation is a good breathing technique. Breath-counting is a common technique for those new to meditation and is an ideal routine for beginners.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Benefits of meditation
The London Times has a little article online about meditation. Here's an excerpt: