The rapidly growing seduction of the Internet
and technologies seems to have caught every one of us in its sweet grip.
Needless to say, staying hooked for some reason or the other has now become a
part of our daily lifestyle and has caused a not-so-noticeable trend of
sleeplessness among individuals of all ages.
In such a society, where there is a dominance of
sleep disorders combined with mental health issues like insomnia, narcolepsy,
Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, meditation offers a solution to calm the body,
mind and soul for people of all ages. For years, meditation has been practiced
in many cultures with amazing results and has benefited many patients suffering
from ailments ranging from stress and anxiety to chronic depression.
Furthermore, meditation is thought to improve
overall health of an individual, thus slowing down ageing and helping you live
longer. Read on to find out how...
A stunning research from Buddhist Retreat
suggests that meditation can actually help slow down ageing and increase life
span by preventing the degeneration of chromosomes. Traditionally, meditation
has always known to bring about positive changes in the human body including
calming down the overall system, inducing peaceful thoughts, relieving stress,
depression, anxiety, restlessness, nervousness, panic and bringing about a
positive outlook on life. But this research reveals that there is more to the
benefits of meditation than what we already know.
The research explains how being in a meditative state
protects the telomeres on the ends of the chromosomes thereby delaying the
ageing process of the individual. Every time a cell divides, the telomere of
the chromosome gets shorter, unless it is regulated by an enzyme known as
telomerase. This shortening of the telomere increases an individual's risk of
suffering from heart disease, depression, diabetes, obesity and many
degenerative diseases like arthritis and osteoporosis.
The study conducted in a Buddhist retreat found
out that people, while in a meditative state, had much higher telomerase
activity than those who didn't. The higher telomerase activity benefited the
individual in three ways.
Firstly, the person was found to have an
increased sense of control over his circumstances. Secondly, there was an
increased sense of purpose in life. And thirdly, there was lower neuroticism
(anxiety, moody behavior etc).
Meditation, in general, has many other benefits
than just promoting spiritual calm. It helps lower the blood pressure, enhances
immunity of the body and speeds up healing processes dramatically. Some studies
even show that meditative practices can be more beneficial in treating a person
with depression than drug treatments and medications.
Practicing mindfulness meditation or
transcendental meditation can help you evolve both physically and spiritually
and doing this in addition to a drug therapy will improve health outcomes.