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Wellness: Benefits of Meditation

What Is TM?
Transcendental Meditation is explored by Rob Levasseur.

It is practiced for twenty minutes twice daily while sitting comfortably with closed eyes. During the meditation, the mind settles to quieter and quieter levels of thought and even beyond thought to a natural state of inner silence.

The mind rests in a silent reservoir of intelligence, energy, and creativity: the source of conscious thought. While the mind is functioning in this more refined manner, the body correspondingly settles to a state of deep rest. Published research shows that during this experience, the brain functions with significantly greater coherence and metabolism is quieted. One feels a profound physical relaxation and yet the mind remains restfully alert.

The Transcendental Meditation program is unique among techniques of meditation, distinguished by its simple practice and profound immediate and lifelong results. It is not a religion or philosophy and involves no change in lifestyle. It is easy to learn and enjoyable to practice, requiring no effort, concentration or special skills. Anyone can learn it—even children. It is by far the most researched, verified and universally applicable program for self-development.

Benefits Of TM

The Mind–Intelligence, Creativity, Focus

Meditation helps your focus by Robert M. Levasseur.

Daily practice of the TM technique provides repeated experience of more profound, coherent levels of thought, unfolding the mind’s inner potential, and awakening the brain’s latent resources.

Published scientific research shows that this technique uniquely enlivens the function of the prefrontal cortex, often called the “CEO” of the brain, allowing for more organized thought and better decision-making. Furthermore, research has shown that the daily experience of this state of restful alertness leads to increased creativity, improved learning ability, higher IQ, higher moral reasoning, and more efficient brain functioning.

The Body–Decreased Stress, Optimal Health

Meditating is healthy by Rob Levasseur.

The mind and body are intimately correlated in their functioning. During the Transcendental Meditation practice, the mind settles down to more restful states of experience. As this happens, the metabolic rate slows.

The result is a deep relaxation that reduces stress hormones, fatigue, and physical imbalances—the root causes of disease–and increases energy and stamina. Experienced twice a day, this deep rest leads to a wide array of health benefits including normalized blood pressure, reduced atherosclerosis, decreased insomnia, fewer tumors, greater resiliency, and overall longevity.

The Heart–Improved Function, Lower Risk Of Disease

The many health benefits of meditation by Robert M. Levasseur

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, heart disease is the number one cause of death among women in the United States. Cardiovascular disease causes the death of more women than the other top four causes of fatality combined.

Sixty-four percent of women who die from heart attacks have no previous symptoms. While many factors, such as diet, physical activity, and genetics contribute to the onset of heart disease in women, stress plays a significant role.

According to the American Psychological Association’s 2008 Stress in America survey, women report experiencing high levels of stress—and 33% of women report an average stress level of at least 8 on a 10-point scale.

Research has shown that chronic stress contributes to the development and progression of atherosclerosis. The effects of chronic stress are mediated by stress hormones such as cortisol and by the sympathetic nervous system, which releases adrenaline and noradrenalin.

Research on the Transcendental Meditation program has shown that it decreases most of the major risk factors for atherosclerosis —psychological stress, high blood pressure, smoking, cholesterol, oxidized lipids, and insulin resistance. At the level of neurohormones, there are reductions in stress hormones and sympathetic nervous system disorders. The neuroendocrine and cardiovascular changes are likely the result of greater orderliness and balance in the central nervous system.

Besides reduction in cardiovascular risk factors, research has shown reductions in narrowing of the arteries (regression of atherosclerosis), reduced hypertrophy of the heart (left ventricular hypertrophy), and reductions in mortality from heart disease and other causes. Practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique leads to greater heart health.

Age–Reduced Biological Age

Transcendental Meditation by Robert M. Levasseur

Physicians list many physical and mental symptoms that we may experience as we grow older. You may already be personally familiar with some of these.

They include: decreased memory, vitality, stamina, learning ability, intelligence, cardiovascular efficiency, and visual acuity, along with increased insomnia, serum cholesterol concentration, depression, need for medical attention, behavioral rigidity, and blood pressure.

Around the world, scientific research has shown that the profound benefits of the TM technique reverse the trends of aging. Reduced stress and fatigue, both mentally and physically, translate into a more youthful and vital state of health and well-being.

Work–Better Job Performance

Meditation by Rob Levasseur

Women who can think clearly, remain focused under pressure, and perform efficiently at work have an edge over people who cannot.

Both personal experience and worldwide published research conducted in business and industry show that the Transcendental Meditation technique gives us broader comprehension along with the ability to focus sharply.

Improved conceptual thinking, greater orderliness of thinking, and successful decision-making result from the enhanced performance of the brain during the TM technique. Increased energy, faster recovery from stress and reduced absenteeism are also results of regular practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique.

Interpersonal–Improved Relationships

Transcendental Meditation by Robert M. Levasseur

 The basis for ideal relationships is the capacity to give. We can only give from what we have. By dissolving stress and broadening our awareness, The Transcendental Meditation technique provides the foundation for more nourishing relationships, allowing us to give more appreciation and love to family and friends.

In the book Science of Being and Art of Living, Maharishi writes, “Really good social behavior between people will only be possible when their awareness is broadened, when they are able to see the whole situation, to understand each other more thoroughly, to be aware of each other’s need and attempt to fulfill that need. This naturally necessitates a fully developed consciousness, a right sense of judgment, and all the qualities that only a strong and clear mind possesses.”

During TM practice, a decrease in stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol leads to reduced fatigue and stress in life. Scientific research verifies that people who practice the Transcendental Meditation technique experience less anger, less anxiety, and less depression. They naturally express greater tolerance and patience, harmony, and happiness. After a long day of work, women find that twenty minutes of this meditation revitalizes their inner lives. Spontaneously they create more harmonious relationships and enjoy life in increasing waves of fulfillment.

Wellness: Methods of Meditation

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Free Your Mind

There are many methods of meditation is almost indispensable in today’s world of strife and stressfulness. I have practicing a variety of forms of meditation; I am not consistently applying it to my daily life, and I should. There are many different meditation types you can avail yourself of.

You can type meditation in the search box of my blog, or you can click here, and you will be taken to my meditation archives. There are more articles and many self-guided meditations available there. If you are new to meditation I highly recommend starting out with Guided Meditations, like the one I have included at the bottom of this post. You have to kind of search around the internet to find ones–and voices–that you prefer. I really LOVE Deepak Chopra’s guided meditations. His voice is just really relaxing to me. You can find many good meditations on Spotify as well.

Whichever practice you choose from the various meditation types, it is necessary to put it into a regular schedule for it to have the greatest impact on your life. Here are just a few ways you can practice meditation:

Yoni Mudra

Yoni Mudra is one of the meditation types and it includes following steps:

  1. This meditation type includes closing your ears with your thumbs.
  2. Then with your index finger, cover your eyes.
  3. Use your middle fingers to pinch the nostrils.
  4. Press your lips together with your remaining fingers.

While you do meditation, release your middle fingers as you inhale and exhale. LEARN MORE.

Category Concentration

Category concentration is another one among various meditation types. It helps you become more concentrated about the things that are helpful in meditation. People find it very difficult to concentrate on one particular thing, and this is where this technique is very beneficial. Category concentrations works by narrowing the objects of concentration, so that your mind is trained to focus better. LEARN MORE

Simple Meditation

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It is one of the best meditation types that one can start with if one is not accustomed to sitting for long time period focusing on some particular object. You can choose a clean and peaceful place where you can spend 10-20 minutes in silence. Gradually, as you gain more control on your mind and senses, you can increase this time-duration. LEARN MORE

Walking Meditation

Walking Meditation is one of the meditation types, which involves your focusing the mind while walking. It is not easy to practice this meditation type, but with practice it can prove to be really beneficial. As clear from the name itself, this type of meditation involves focusing on your own feet. When your mind wanders away from your steps, you need to refocus it again. LEARN MORE

Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness meditation is known as Vipassana, and is practiced by Buddhists among many meditation types. The meditation type involves practicing to be aware about the things that you do and the things that happen around you at the very moment. There are mainly four points in it:

  1. You have to abstain from the five moral precepts: killing, stealing, lying, sexual misconduct, and use of toxicants.
  2. Anapana Meditation is practiced for three and a half days wherein you practice focusing on your breath.
  3. For six and half days, purifying the mind is done, which involves self observation.
  4. On the last day of the course, you will be allowed to speak and live an extroverted life.

The meditation technique closes with the practice of metta bhavana, another part that shares the purity developed with others. LEARN MORE

Journey Meditation

This meditation type involves visualization for one to achieve a meditative state. Those who are able to visualize something early, prefer to choose it among other meditation types. It involves noting the things that cause anxiety, tension, and fatigue. You close your eyes and try to focus to be peaceful about them. LEARN MORE

Vibrational Meditation

This meditation type involves repetition of a particular word or a sound that becomes the focal point of the meditation. The vibrations that are produced from the word or sound pass through your body. You have to do concentrate on nothing else, but to chant that word or produce the sound again and again. It is one of the most different among various meditation types. LEARN MORE

Movement Meditation

Breathing and gentle flowing movements are combined to achieve the meditative state in this meditation type. Playing music or dancing is also allowed in this technique. The basic idea is to get focused in the movement. LEARN MORE

Body Scan Meditation

Body scan meditation is very useful for people who do not have any time for other meditation types. You just need to lie down and focus on your body parts right from your toe to your hair. LEARN MORE

Breath & Navel Meditation

It is the oldest one recorded in China as well as in India and one of the most famous among other meditation types. It involves control over breath through different breathing techniques. You need to sit in a relaxed posture and concentrate on your breath, nostrils, or even on your abdomen. LEARN MORE

Central Channel Meditation

If you are just a beginner and wish to take a crash course on a meditation, then the central channel technique may prove to be the best among other meditation types. Central Channel Meditation is an ancient Taoist method modified and taught by Master Han Yu-mo at his Sung Yang Tao Centers in Taiwan and Canada.

It is a simple and effective way for Beginners to rapidly develop a tangible awareness of internal energy and a familiarity with the major power points through which energy is circulated and exchanged with the surrounding sources of heaven and earth. It relaxes the body, replenishes energy, and invigorates the spirit. LEARN MORE

You owe it to yourself to try meditation if you have never done it. When I was practicing it while in recovery at the VA, on a daily basis, I went from not being able to sit still for 5 minutes to deep meditations of 30-45 minutes!

Try this guided meditation from Deepak Chopra. 7 minutes

Wellness: 10 Minute Meditation With Deepak

Wellness by Robert Levasseur

Take ten minutes out of your day, and follow Deepak Chopra’s guided meditation to restore balance and harmony to your inner space.  You’ll be glad you did.  I love me some Deepak!

Wellness: 7 Components

What are the 7 major components and how can you incorporate them into my life?  Funny you should ask, I was wondering about them myself.  Well, I just so happen to have them right here!  Happy living.

1. Physical


Physical wellness can refer to any of the aspects that are needed to keep your body in top condition. Consuming a healthy diet and getting an adequate amount of exercise to build cardiovascular health, endurance or flexibility are essential to this goal.

You are responsible for your health care which means treating minor conditions and consulting a professional to manage more serious conditions. On the path to good physical health, you should

  • Monitor warning signs so you understand when your body is not getting the nutrition it needs or establishing an unhealthy state.
  • Keep on top of your physical health which helps to improve determination, self-control and self-esteem.
  • Get a sufficient amount of sleep, avoid harmful substances like tobacco products, get annual physical exams.
  • Know the ideal health numbers for conditions such as weight, cholesterol, blood pressure or blood sugar and develop a regular exercise routine.

2. Intellectual


Finding a way to engage in creative and stimulating activities that allow you to share your gifts and expand your knowledge is essential to your overall health.

Those that have high intellectual wellness

  • Engage in the exploration and their understanding of new ideas.
  • Cherish stimulation and mental growth.
  • Get involved in cultural and intellectual activities.

This will allow you to find a path to explore your creativity, problem solving skills and ways to learn more about your personal interests and the world around you. Keeping up with current events and finding new ideas to strike your intellectual curiosity will allow you to continue to grow over time.

3. Emotional


Emotional wellness focuses on ensuring that you are attentive to your feelings, thoughts and behavior. This includes both positive and negative reactions, though overall you should

  • Seek an optimistic approach to life, enjoying life in spite of occasional disappointment
  • Adjust to change and express your emotions appropriately.
  • Express your feelings freely while managing your feelings, allowing yourself to cope with stress in a way that is healthy.

Those working toward a path of emotional wellness will work to

  • Keep a positive attitude.
  • Learn to manage their conditions.
  • Maintain a balance in life by setting their priorities.
  • Seek support for expressing their emotions appropriately.
  • Remain aware of their thoughts and feelings.

4. Spiritual


Spiritual wellness involves discovering a set of beliefs and values that brings purpose to your life. While different groups and individuals have a variety of beliefs regarding spiritualism but the general search for meaning for our existence is considered essential to creating harmony with yourself and others regardless of the path to spirituality you choose to follow.

It is considered healthier to find your own path to the meaning of life that allows you to be tolerant of the beliefs of others and life a life that is consistent with your beliefs. On the path to healthy a healthy spiritual life, you should

  • Apply your values to your actions and decisions.
  • Make time to relax each day.
  • Accept the views of others.
  • Make time for prayer or meditation.

5. Social


Social wellness refers to your ability to interact with people, respect yourself and others, develop meaningful relationships and develop quality communication skills. This allows you to establish a support system of family and friends.

Those with high social wellness believe that it is important to

  • Live in harmony with the environment and others.
  • Consider the common welfare of the community over their own.

Those on the path to healthy social wellness will work to

  • Develop interdependent healthy relationships while developing healthy behavior.
  • Create a balance between their community and the environment.

6. Occupational


The ability to find peace between your leisure time and work time while managing stress from your relationships with coworkers effectively is essential to occupational health.

Your work takes up a great deal of your time so it is important to find something that you love to do and gives you a sense of purpose.

To achieve occupational wellness it is important to

  • Feel as though you enjoy your work most days.
  • Feel like you can talk openly with your employer and coworkers.
  • Have a manageable workload.

7. Environmental


The environment can have a significant impact on our feelings about overall health. For developing environmental wellness, you should

  • Live in harmony with your environment.
  • Take action to protect this environment from harm.
  • Minimize behavior that could impact your environment while protecting yourself from environmental hazards.
  • Realize the effects of your daily habits on the world around you.
  • Live a life that is accountable to your short and long term environmental needs.
  • Bring awareness of the Earth’s limits and resource to others.

Wellness: Advice From A Dying Man

Wellness by Robert Levasseur

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