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Tuesday, December 27, 2016
A New Year’s Resolution–Meditation Provides Real-Life Health Benefits
Tina Turner does it. So does Katy Perry, Sting, supermodel Gisele Bundchen and a host of other celebrities. When not strutting the concert stage or cat walk, they’re sometimes grooving to meditation’s benefits.
While celebrity isn’t a reason to try meditation, it did make me a bit more curious. These are people who must surely have at least as much stress in their daily lives as many of us, right?
As we swing into the holiday season, stress can play as big a role in our lives as exchanging presents and expressions of good cheer. Our minds race with thoughts of travel plans, family gatherings, gift-buying and how to keep it all together without losing it — both mentally and physically.
And that included stressed-out me. According to health experts, stress that’s left unchecked can contribute to many health problems, such as heart disease, weight gain and mental health concerns.
Determined to bring my holiday-induced anxiety, not to mention my blood pressure, down to earth, I decided to consult the Oracle. I opened my Google page. Just the briefest of searches took me to a health-related news area that seemed as popular as sports – meditation. With the benefit of a little more research, I decided to explore a form of meditation known as “mindfulness meditation.”
“Mindfulness is one of dozens of types of meditation,” notes Diana Winston, UCLA’s director of Mindfulness Education. “Mindfulness is both a meditation practice and a quality of attention that you can bring to any moment in your day or life.”
Facing a growing list of unpurchased holiday gifts and unanswered invitations, I found the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center’s online description take on reducing stress to be particularly intriguing. Why not give it a try? (MORE)