Contemplation, seated and moving meditation, have been scientifically
proven to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, increases happiness, positive emotions
and satisfaction with life as it is, boosts immune function, generates kindness and
compassion, decreases pain, inflammation, anxiety and depression; and much much
The 1975 groundbreaking book written by Herbert Benson, M.D., the Relaxation
Response, validated for the Western establishment the beneficial effects of meditation.
Before then one went to India, became a Zen Master, Contemplative Christian or
Buddhist Monk, Rishi, Rabbi, Priest, Scholar, Yogi, or studied with a Guru. Fortunately
the Beattles went to India in the 60’s and the Fab Four introduced the practice of
Transcendental Meditation, T. M. In 1969 I became an initiated TM meditator. Today my
aim is to apply mindful awareness to everything I do, especially in my Qigong practice.
John Kabot -Zinn the founder of Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction, “defines
mindfulness as paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and
nonjudgementally, to the unfolding of experience moment to moment.” Kabot-Zinn’s
technique is derived from Vipassana, an ancient Buddhist technique known as Insight
Meditation. HeartMath Institute’s stress management’s techniques focus on the
connection between heart and mind. There are many excellent and effective meditation
techniques and teachers, find a reputable one and be present for what unfolds.
*Graphic by Emma Seppala @ LINK