We’ve all heard about meditation and yoga. Some of us practice it and others may mock it, thinking it’s only for “hippies”. However, did you know that meditation has great healing abilities for both the body and the mind?
One of the many important aspects in meditation study is the breathing. Not only does breathing at a slower rate than normal activity increase relaxation, better alertness and having a calming effect, it is actually stimulating different parts of the brain and body.
Meditation as Medicine, a book written by Dharma Singh Khalsa, MD and Cameron Stauth, references the Nadis. Nadis are a series of nonphysical energy conduits that bring energy and communication to the entire body, mind, and spirit. They are especially valuable since they are connected to the brain’s limbic system, which controls memory and emotion.
The hypothalamus receive the taste and smell impulses, communicates with the nervous system, controls heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature. It also has the ability to control mood and emotions.
Point given, daily meditation has so many great benefits. I would highly recommend reading Meditation as Medicine if you or a loved one suffers with depression, anxiety, or suicidal thoughts. It shouldn’t replace therapy and medication, but it can be a great catalyst to include in your daily routine.