Increasingly over the past few years, you may have heard your doctor advise you to meditate. The good news is that meditation is not only fashionable, but also has an ancient tradition and modern scientific research that back it up. Meditation results in deep rest for mind and body, which has accompanying mental as well as health benefits that are unbelievable. These are just a couple of reasons why, this year, instead of visiting a fancy place, perhaps you should think about attending a meditation retreat. |
There are a vast number of health retreats all across the globe, all of which are geared towards helping people feel their best by improving the quality of their body or mind. Often, a meditation retreat is located in a secluded and quiet location, often without the buzz of television or traffic and the ability to tune out for a couple of days. So, why should you opt to learn meditation at one of these health retreats?
For starters, the very act of being at a meditation retreat can help improve your concentration. Being in a place cut off from distracting technology and noise pollution can give your mind a rest and help improve your your brain’s ability to focus. And meditation is extremely useful in reducing or managing psychological issues like social anxiety, hypertension, the tendency to stress out, negative thoughts, depression and even insomnia. This is in part because meditation is particularly effective at reducing stress. On an average, studies reveal that a working person’s every day stress decreases their life expectancy by a staggering ten years. Now imagine how much stressing out you’ve done since college and what just that could do to you!
A meditation retreat is also the place where your self-awareness increases. One of the many benefits of meditation is that it allows us to exercise better control over the part of our brain that regulates and processes emotions. Therefore, meditation is a good approach in the long run to dealing with anger issues and violent tendencies. This is partly because meditation does not suppress emotions like anger, but rather gives us the skill and space to process these emotions and evolve through them. "Meditation puts you on the fast track to being happy," says Ronnie Newman, director of research and health promotion for the Art of Living Foundation.
Particularly because meditation helps control stress and emotional imbalance, it slows down the process of aging in a person. According to Sara Lazar, a researcher at Harvard University,“Cognition seems to be preserved in meditators.” Quite literally, people who meditate seem to have more active brain cells than the ones who do not meditate.
So the next time that you feel stressed out, anxious about your performance at the office, tensed about the final exams at university, or unable to control your anger, maybe you should try to take a few days out of your routine and visit one of the many health retreats that offer professional meditation instruction.
Resource Box: So how much do you want to heal your body and assist your mind by switching to healthier, natural healing methods? If you say a lot, then perhaps your best options are Health Retreats,and in particular, a Meditation Retreatin a beautiful, natural environment.
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