Meditation has been practiced in diverse ways by far-ranging groups of people since prehistoric times. It’s even been suggested that the capacity to focus energy, a practiced closely linked to many forms of that meditation, contributed to the evolution of humankind. A ubiquitous practice, meditation is distinctly human, a practice connecting people across a broad spectrum. Though often associated with tranquility, sober escape, and religious implication, meditation also works to sharpen the mind, palliate the soul, and preserve the body. Below are eight ways in which meditation can improve your health. Meditation:
With television, advertisements, dense traffic and the internet pervading everyday life, many of us are wrought in a world in which distractions are constantly vying for our attention in all different directions. It’s difficult to focus through all of the noise now more than ever. Meditation has been shown to improve concentration and connect people with their inner source of energy.
Benefits cardiovascular and immune health
Meditating engenders relaxation, broadening the blood vessels and dropping blood pressure.
Meditation involves reflection and inner focus. Examining ourselves critically is difficult, but crucial in understanding of our thoughts and feelings and in turn, our ability to connect with others. Meditation provides a tempered platform for people to achieve peace with themselves.
Meditation has been shown to alter the brain physiology to abate aging. Meditators typically have more brain cells than non-meditators, and better preserved cognition.
Helps Manage Stress
To cope with stress, many turn to alcohol, cigarettes, or even violence. The use of anti-anxiety medication is steadfast on the rise as the world drifts farther and farther away from it’s age-old traditions. Meditation has long been known to alleviate stress and comes from within, teaching us to take our peace into our own hands without the use of external devices such as medication or alcohol, which come with both adverse health effects and a price tag.
Studies have indicated that meditation increases brain signaling in the region of the brain associated with positive feelings, and reduces it in the region associated with negative emotions.
Promotes a healthy lifestyle
An inherently natural practice, meditation often inspires a deeper connection with what’s wholesome and good. It’s common for people to improve several spheres of their health after making an effort in just one. Many drop the vices of alcohol, smoking, and junk food upon meditation a part of their lifestyle.
Meditation allows us to clear our minds and examine life without imposition of our attached emotions. Abandoning the selfishness of our emotions aids in acceptance of our situations.
Due to it’s illegality and attachment to a deeply rooted social stigma, the palliative properties of marijuana have been overlooked in Western medicine for decades. Instead, doctors commonly prescribe synthetic pharmaceuticals, which often impose the dangers of addiction, nausea, indigestion, and a slew of other side effects. It’s estimated that roughly 2 millions Americans struggle with a Vicodin addiction, often spiraling into depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and in some cases, the development or schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
Positive Aspects of Marijuana as a Medicine
On the other hand, marijuana is an organic substance that does not cause the user to develop a chemical addiction, is easy to grow and harvest in diverse climates, and has proven ability to alleviate pain. A holistic alternative to mainstream pharmaceuticals, marijuana is an effective drug in reducing discomfort associated with cancer, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, and other illnesses.
Beyond it’s ability to reduce pain and discomfort, marijuana is effective in treating and preventing certain diseases. Amazingly, marijuana reduces the buildup of pressure in the eyeball to treat and prevent glaucoma, reduces epileptic seizures, and prevents the spread of cancer. It also slows the development of Alzheimer’s disease, decreases anxiety, inflammatory bowel diseases, and lupus. To boot, marijuana bolsters metabolism health, reduces nightmares, helps alcoholics recover, encourages creativity, and expands the mind.
Since Colorado legalized medical marijuana in 2000, twenty two other states (Alaska, Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington) and D.C. have passed to legalize cannabis as well. In truth, marijuana is a healthy alternative conventional pharmaceuticals, with a broad range of applications, and should be available to people suffering from disease, illness, and discomfort everywhere. With more states hopping on board each year, marijuana will inevitably find it’s place in medicine across the nation in the next several years to come.
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