Meditation is the practice of taking a break from our daily activity and quieting the mind’s thoughts.
There are lots of different types of meditation, but one of the most popular is mindfulness meditation, which teaches us to reduce stress by becoming more aware of our thoughts and feelings.
Researchers are still uncovering the benefits of meditation, which include boosting our cognitive function, strengthening our immune system, and reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety Meditation experience is associated with increased cortical thickness. Lazar, S.W., Kerr, C.E., Wasserman, R.H., et al. Psychiatric Neuroimaging Research Program, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Neuroreport 2005 Nov 28;16(17):1893-7.Meditation or exercise for preventing acute respiratory infection: a randomized controlled trial. Barrett, B., Hayney, M.S., Muller, D., et al. Department of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Madison, WI, USA. Annals of Family Medicine 2012 Jul-Aug;10(4):337-46. Meditative therapies for reducing anxiety: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Chen, K.W., Berger, C.C., Manheimer, E., et al. Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Depression and Anxiety 2012 Jul;29)7):545-62..
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