The practice of Meditation has been handed down over 2,500 years in an authentic and unbroken lineage. It teaches Buddha’s highly practical meditation techniques, that can help everyone increase their inner peace, happiness and well-being and overall health!
Physical health benefits of meditation
- Meditation literally grows your brain… both in volume and thickness. This doesn’t just make you smarter; it increases your memory, attention, self-awareness and self-control alongside a whole list of other desirable qualities.
- increases blood flow to your brain… the brain can’t function without a strong steady flow of blood to it. The stronger and steadier the flow, the better the brain functions.
- reduces cortisol production, a stress-induced hormone that suppresses the immune system and can make you feel anxious nervous and unsettled for no real reason (other than having too much cortisol in your system).
- reduces blood pressure and heart rate, which alleviates unnecessary pressure on your heart and arteries.
- increases the production of good neurotransmitters including serotonin and dopamine, both of which play a huge role in controlling our moods.
- triggers the parasympathetic nervous system, which enables us to rest and recover from stress.
- boosts the immune system. As we reduce our stress, the immune system is boosted and so is our general wellbeing.
- causes muscle relaxation. Muscle tension is generally caused by stress and when left unchecked can cause all kinds of problems such as vertebrae displacement, spinal issues and lack of mobility in the body.
- slows the ageing process. Meditation significantly increases melatonin and DHEA and decreases cortisol, which has a significant impact on slowing the ageing process down.
The Best Meditation Apps on the App Store:
Whether you prefer deep breathing or guided imagery to help relax your mind, meditation can have significant benefits on your mental and physical health.
Research even suggests that it can improve the symptoms of anxiety, depression, and insomnia, as well as reduce blood pressure. But for some of us, it can feel hard to find the time or energy to take a class. These apps make it easy and possible to do it anywhere.
In today’s high-tech world, there are many apps that blend helpful technology with meditation techniques. We’ve rounded up the best apps for iPhone and Android for deep breathing, guided meditation, and finding your Zen.
Get out of your head or more into it with Headspace, a meditation app that’s ideal for people just starting a meditation routine. Its free trial includes 10 exercises geared toward beginners that can help you learn more about meditation as well as applying it to your life. Check out the personalized progress page, reward system for continued practice, and buddy system that lets users connect with others to stay on track. The vibrant animations add a cute, light-hearted touch to help you understand meditation. More features are available as part of a premium subscription.
Serious about maintaining a beneficial meditation practice? Want to avoid an annual subscription? This app gives users access to more than 11 hours of custom meditation programs. Each practice is geared toward different aspects of your life, such as meditation to help you sleep or take a break from work. Want to know how well you’re doing with meditation? The check-in system allows users to evaluate their progress over time.
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Not sure if you should try meditation? This app is designed for skeptics who want to try meditation, but want to simplify the process with practical, easy-to-apply content. The exercises aim to help users with anxiety and sleep, and the app always adds new content each week. Apple Health App integration is also available. Users can also get the premium version for over 500 videos and additional content. This was created by the well-known news anchor Dan Harris to help others find more peace in life.
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