Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Looking beautiful is closely associated with the inner peace and calm. Meditation has many techniques which help us in improving health and beauty.  Several newspapers and journals, like Huffington Post, have been spreading the awareness of the benefits from meditation practices. Meditation has now evolved into a legitimate health craze, as research has firmly linked its practices to everything from improved cardiovascular health to cognitive benefits. Good health is so integral to skin and beauty, it is useful to refer to some of them.

Boosts immune system. Many studies have shown a link between regular mindfulness meditation program and better immune functions; meditation could improve the immune system in older people.

Lowers blood pressure.  Dr. Randy Zusman at Massachusetts General Hospital took patients being treated with typical high blood pressure medication and taught them a technique called the relaxation response; more than half experienced a drop in blood pressure, sometimes even resulting in reduced medication. Meditation could be helpful in managing the symptoms of high blood pressure.

Eases inflammation. University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds in the Waisman Center, identified a possible link between mindfulness meditation and the relief of inflammatory symptoms among people who suffer from chronic inflammatory conditions.

Reduces heart risk. A 2012 study published in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes showed a link between Transcendental Mediation and a reduction in heart attack, stroke and early death from heart disease. The American Heart Association also says that the stress-busting benefits of different types of meditation can be a boon to heart health.

Mind: Increases gray matter. Meditation may just be exercise for the brain. MRI scans of long-time meditators has revealed that certain parts of brains were larger than those of a control group, particularly in regions known for emotion regulation. Another small study published in 2011 in the journal Psychiatry Research: showed that an eight-week mindfulness-based stress reduction program resulted in increases in gray matter in the hippocampus and areas of the brain tied to compassion and self-awareness.

Cultivates willpower. Stanford health psychologist Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D. remarked that  both physical exercise and meditation can help train the brain for willpower: "Meditation training improves a wide range of willpower skills, including attention, focus, stress management, impulse control and self-awareness. It changes both the function and structure of the brain to support self-control. ...  brain changes have been observed after eight weeks of brief daily meditation training."

Builds focus and concentration. A 2010 study published in Psychological Science showed that Buddhist meditation improved focus and attention on a task that was designed to be both boring and demanding. "People may think meditation is something that makes you feel good, and going on a meditation retreat is like going on vacation, and you get to be at peace with yourself," says Katherine MacLean, who worked at the University of California Davis. "That's what people think until they try it. Then you realize how challenging it is to just sit and observe something without being distracted."

Boosts cognitive function. Psychologists have identified a link between mindfulness training and increased standardized test scores, as well as improvements in working memory.  Dr. Sara Lazar, a neuroscientist at Massachusetts General Hospital, concluded that regular meditation may stave off the thinning of the brain's prefrontal cortex, and in turn declines in cognitive function, later in life.

Helps relationship satisfaction. Several studies find that a person's ability to be mindful can help predict relationship satisfaction — the ability to respond well to relationship stress and the skill in communicating one's emotions to a partner.

Increases compassion. A 2013 study from researchers at Northeastern and Harvard Universities suggested that meditation may be the key to unlocking compassion. It showed that  volunteers who underwent eight-week trainings in two types of meditation reacted more compassionately than those who hadn't meditated.

Physically changes the brain. University of Oregon in a study (2012) suggested that one type of Chinese mindfulness meditation could be associated with physical changes in the brain -- ones that might help stave off mental illness.

Cuts emotional reactivity. American psychologists have underlined that a recent supports the notion that mindfulness meditation decreases emotional reactivity. In a study of people who had anywhere from one month to 29 years of mindfulness meditation practice, researchers found that mindfulness meditation practice helped people disengage from emotionally upsetting pictures and enabled them to focus better on a cognitive task as compared with people who saw the pictures but did not meditate. Mindfulness meditation helps the brain to have better control over sensations, including negative emotions.

Helps sleep.   Deep sleep is essential for healthy living. Sleep deprivation or disorder shows on the skin, and on appearance.  At the2009 Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies suggested that teaching deep relaxation techniques during the daytime can help improve sleep at night.

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