That is what one of the participants of the September meditation group wrote a week later. I was delighted. The feedback also prompted me to do an internet search on the effects of meditation of physical well being. Now there are thousands of academic research articles that attest to the multiple benefits of meditation – including the physical benefits.
I recently met Dr Shirley Telles , one of the foremost researchers on breath awareness and control and its relationship to physical emotional mental and spiritual well being. We were both faculty members at the Omega Institute’s Breath Immersion: from Science to Samadhi 5 day symposium. Also on faculty was Dr Patricia Gerbard and Dr Richard Brown . Their research on ‘coherent breathing’ and heart rate variability – a measurement of physical health and resilience, has shown the multiple benefits of conscious breathing.
It has been thirty years now since I have been consciously meditating and 25 years since I began teaching others about meditation and running workshops where we could practice. I have seen the change in those I have worked with. Now scientific researchers are providing the evidence
Meditation techniques are always extremely simple. The challenge is to keep practising so we can experience the benefits
1. Lie down somewhere you will not be disturbed. A trick I use is to give myself a certain time on my smart phone time. That way I am not worrying about the time and can give myself to the meditation exercise.
2. Close your eyes and begin to focus on your breathing.
3. Gradually make your breath deeper and fuller. Slow full breaths that are comfortable
4. Once you have set up a gentle rhythm with your breath begin to be aware of your body.
Do this systematically, imagining that the life for in the breath is following your awareness and going to different parts of your body in turn, or
5. If you have a particular physical discomfort, just put your total awareness and the breath there
6. Sense that part of your body, and most probably you will notice a positive change
1. Dr Shirley Telles http://www.patanjaliresearchfoundation.com
2. The Healing Power of the Breath: Simple Techniques to Reduce Stress and Anxiety, Enhance Concentration, and Balance Your Emotions Paperback – June 12, 2012 by Richard P. Brown, Patricia L. Gerbarg