“Coping skills and stress reduction have been associated with improved quality of life in patients with coronary artery disease,” the researchers wrote. “Stress management learned through cognitive behavioral therapy programs and transcendental meditation.”
“Researchers found that if you’re not getting sufficient sleep in the week before you get your standard flu shot, you produce less than 50% of the normal antibody response, rendering that vaccination far less effective.”
Ray Dalio: If I were a young adult during the coronavirus pandemic, here’s what I would focus on
“I’d feed my curiosities, stay in touch with people I care about and meditate,”
A shortcut to stress relief
Once they compiled the data, they were shocked. It was incontrovertible. Striking physiologic changes came with meditation—sharp drops in heart rate, respiratory rate and metabolic rate. In the initial study, the blood pressures of the study subjects didn’t drop during meditation, but overall, the group that meditated had significantly lower baseline blood pressures than those who didn’t.
IE: And you practice TM, of course. TB: “Yeah, I do. And I feel like I really need it. Things are busy here. And when I meditate, I’ve got all those things on my mind, but then all of those thoughts start to pull into place.” Tim Burgess
The Might Boosh creator tells Lorraine about meditating with his friend Russell Brand.
Meditation & depression.
Sadly Lynn died just 2 weeks ago. Her description of the benefits of meditation will be relevant to many. “I had this idea that [meditation] was going to be a magic bullet. It’s going to solve my depression, it’s going to solve my eating disorder. I’m going to be a perfect person. Well obviously, that did not happen, but it still was a life changer. It really helped on every level of dealing with stress, with toxic work situations, with addictive behaviors, with all kinds of self-acceptance and self-forgiveness. When I go back and remember specific circumstances or experiences five years ago compared to now, it’s like, Oh yeah, I’m a different person.” Lynn Shelton
He practices transcendental meditation Added Eastwood: “I think that it is a great system to use in life in general — otherwise why would I have been doing it all these years? Almost half of my life.” Clint Eastwood also opened up about TM in an interview with GQ, revealing that he tries to meditate “twice a day.” While working on a movie, Eastwood admitted that he becomes downright “religious” about ensuring he works meditation into his schedule. “I believe in whatever self-help you can give yourself,” he explained. “So meditation with me was just a self-reliant thing.”
What are you doing with this unexpected time?
“Not a lot. We’ll take a walk along the lake, I’ll walk the dog. I do my meditation, which I learned in December of ’67 from Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. He taught us meditation and I still do it to this day. It’s been a big part of my life in that it’s a technique which you can do and it can lower your metabolism to a level of rest twice as deep as deep sleep. So it’s profoundly restful and relaxing and therefore helpful. It’s really good for you.”
Mike Love ~ The Beach Boys
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