Physical Benefits: (Click here for quotes and article links)
- Lower blood pressure and cholesterol
- Heart rate and respiration rate slow down
- Favorable effects on immune system
Emotional and Mental Benefits: (Click here for quotes and article links)
- Stimulates creativity and productivity
- Increases concentration
- Improves focus and clarity
- Reduces the effects of depression
- Enhances mental performance in work or play
- Support in kicking addictions and other self-defeating behaviors
- Increases understanding and acceptance of self and others
- Helps in obtaining inner peace and serenity
- Increases interpersonal empathy
Physical Benefits/Quotes and Articles:
"With meditation, heart rate, respiration and brain waves slow down, muscles relax and the effects of epinephrine and other stress-related hormones diminish."
Herbert Benson, M.D., Harvard Medical School as quoted in Time, June 24, 1996 "Faith and Healing
"In a recent study, 77% of individuals experiencing high levels of stress were able to cool down -- lower their blood pressure and cholesterol levels -- simply by training themselves to stay calm."
Health, October 1994
Meditation significantly controls high blood pressure at levels comparable to widely used prescription drugs, and without the side effects of drugs.
Hypertension, American Health Association Medical Journal
"Anything involved with meditation and controlling the state of mind that alters hormone activity has the potential to have an impact on the immune system," says David Felten, chairman of the Department of Neurobiology at the University of Rochester.
Time Magazine, June 24, 1996 "Faith and Healing
Emotional and Mental Benefits/Quotes and Articles:
"Two groups were compared: meditators and non-meditators. The meditators were found, on a number of scales, to be less anxious and neurotic, more spontaneous, independent, self-confident, empathetic, and less fearful of death."
Atlantic Monthly, May, 1991