Mind Over Matter: Meditation

I’m looking at an “old” magazine from a stack I’m sorting through. The January 20th Special Issue of Time (2003) entitled How Your Mind Can Heal Your Body. It’s a simple concept, and it doesn’t seem as radical to me today, but at the time, even in 2003, I know people who scoffed.

People who scoff make me a little nervous, because while they are scoffing, they are making a judgement, and many times that judgement is: crazy. Whether it’s a crazy article or a crazy person or a crazy program or a crazy world . . .  I think it’s just hard for some people to believe that something this simple is effective, when they’ve grown up thinking that hard science has the answer to everything.

I have looked into the spirit side of things for a while. My college training is as a scientist. It’s been a struggle over the years to reconcile  what I can see vs. what I can’t see and how to justify this to those who would think me crazy.

I’m so glad I’m living in this day and age, rather than 50, 100 or more years ago. Because inside me is the feeling or intuition that our minds are so much more powerful than anything we can imagine. And that notion is something that might have earned me a stay in a mental hospital a long time ago.

I’m paging through an article that shows a group of people meditating before surgery, because their doctor feels it reduces their anxiety before surgery and speeds their recovery after surgery.

Meditation decreases stress, lowers blood pressure, decreases anxiety, elevates mood, and in some cases prevents or halts and erases disease.  That’s just a few of the things that meditation does. The article was written by Dr. Oz at Columbia Presbyterian, before he was on Oprah maybe? before the Oz books?

The best thing about meditation is that it only takes about 15 minutes twice a day to reap remarkable benefits. And it’s free. How simple is that?

Start today by sitting quietly, shutting your eyes and listening to your breath come in and go out. Empty everything out of your mind — all worries. It’s that easy, honest.

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