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"Americans grew tired of being thought to be dumb by the rest of the world,
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A Revival Of The Time Honored Art Of Meditation

As the speed of life gets faster and we lead busier and busier lives so we tend to neglect our physical and mental health and today we are all suffering from stress to some degree. It is perhaps not surprising therefore that we are turning more and more to ancient art of meditation.

As a result of its long and proven history of effectiveness, meditation today is being performed not merely to still the mind and lower levels of stress but also to treat a widening range of physical complaints.

Indeed there are several physical benefits to meditation which lowers the heart rate and consequently the strain on the heart, reduces levels of the hormone cortisol and other chemicals in the body that are linked to stress and reduces free radicals in the body thus further helping to reduce blood pressure. It also improves the flow of oxygen through the lungs to aid breathing and can even increasing levels of DHEA which helps to slow the aging process.

When it comes to its psychological benefits, meditation decreases irritability and anxiety and improves your memory and thus the ability to learn. As a consequence, it also produces a positive outlook on life giving you a feeling of youthfulness and rejuvenation.

Some other important benefits of meditation include:

* Producing a total relaxation of not just the mind and body but also of your spirit.

* Assisting with the treatment of a variety of illnesses for which there is an association between the physical illness and the emotional state of the sufferer.

* Affecting an opening into the 'inner self' which released our natural creativity.

* Providing an enhancement to our innate self-confidence resulting in a more dominant and stronger sense of will power.

* Generating an increase in levels of energy which make it easier to tackle the strains of daily life.

* producing a greater ability to deal with many vices and addictions ranging from tobacco and alcohol to tranquilizers and narcotics.

And so the list goes on.

However, just like everything else meditation can be a powerful force for good when it is used properly but it can also cause more problems than it solves when it is not used correctly. The secret therefore is to know precisely what meditation can do and to learn the art of meditation before you add daily meditation to your routine.

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