My Lovely Partner Gina sent me a link to an email in which Deepak Chopra talks about meditation.
Here are a few grabs from it:
What are the overall effects of meditation?
DC: Meditation has physiological effects of lowering blood pressure, slowing down heart rate, strengthening the immune systems, and even changing the cellular biology of aging. Stress hormones are decreased and hormones that modulate immune function are increased. In addition, meditation helps with better sleep and enhances intuition, creativity, conscious choice-making, and the experience of synchronicity. The ultimate goal of meditation goes beyond these positive physical and mental effects. The goal is to fully awaken the higher self, which is connected to the source of that all that exists. This aspect of meditation is referred to as the journey into enlightenment. We no longer fear death and it reveals our true nature beyond the separate self as immortal, infinite, and free.
Will meditation work on anyone?
DC: Meditation will work on anyone who has a functioning human nervous system. All you need is the intelligence to follow simple instructions. Even children as young as 4 and 5 have been taught to meditate successfully.
Is there a way to combine exercise and meditation?
DC: Exercise is a very good thing to alternate with meditation. Exercise helps to stabilize the effects of meditation as well as create a healthier, stronger body, which allows the mind to go more deep during meditation. But the two activities need their separate space, so allow about 10–15 minutes between doing one after the other.
How about someone with stress and anxiety who can’t even fathom having a “clear mind”?
DC: Such a person needs meditation more than anyone else because they are headed for a crisis. If stress and anxiety are so great that you can’t even imagine a calm clear mind, that indicates you are reaching your coping limits, and need to begin something like meditation just for the stress reduction benefits.
So as I was saying – Can you afford not to meditate?