Everyone knows the amazing spiritual benefits of meditation. More clarity, more presence, more awareness, more connectedness, more groundedness, and greater insight. The list of emotional and physical benefits of meditation is literally endless. There have been countless studies done on the health benefits of meditation, but this by far is the most prestigious and significant meditation study to date.
A study from the American Heart Association found that regular meditation twice a day was correlated with a 48% reduced rate of heart attack and stroke immediately. With cardiovascular disease currently being the leading cause of death in the United States and in the entire world, these findings have never been more important.
“It appears that Transcendental Meditation is a technique that turns on the body’s own pharmacy – to repair and maintain itself.” said lead researcher Dr Robert Schneider, director of the Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention in Iowa. Dr. Schneider added: “Transcendental Meditation may reduce heart disease risks for both healthy people and those with diagnosed heart conditions.”
Blood pressure was reduced and anger decreased significantly among the meditation group. They also showed a trend towards reduced smoking.
“The research on Transcendental Meditation and cardiovascular disease is established well enough that doctors may safely and routinely prescribe stress reduction for their patients with this easy to implement, standardised and practical programme.”
Effective, free, and scientifically proven to work
The study, which was funded by the US National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute proved that simply meditating 20 minutes twice a day can cut your chances of sudden death, heart attack, and stroke in half immediately. What man-mad pill can do that? The best part is, it’s free, it doesn’t require a prescription, and can be done anywhere at anytime.
As the peer-reviewed study concluded:
“A selected mind–body intervention, the TM program, significantly reduced risk for mortality, myocardial infarction, and stroke in coronary heart disease patients. These changes were associated with lower blood pressure and psychosocial stress factors. Therefore, this practice may be clinically useful in the secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease.”
I personally have been having heart problems lately, and have noticed an incredible turn-around with even just 5 or 10 minutes of meditation each day. With heart diseases on the rise, meditation might just me the solution to this global health crisis.
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