The Miracle of Meditation: From Woo Woo to Wow!


meditation seahawksSo why is Russell Wilson, the quarterback of the Superbowl champion Seattle Seahawks, on this blog? Keep reading and you’ll find out.

It’s a proven fact now.  Meditation is good for you in many ways.  It can actually change the expression of your genes.  Wow!  That’s pretty powerful stuff.  And this isn’t from enlightenment.com.  This is from studies at the Harvard Medical School.  Herbert Benson has been studying the relaxation response for decades.  He told us at an emotional intelligence conference this past year that this approach to meditation and the relaxation response is universal.  All you need to do is focus on your breathing and the repeat something (a sound, a mantra, a psalm, a quote, a word).  All of this creates a level of focus and relaxation.  Your body changes within minutes.  Some meditation techniques we teach are visual, some are aural.  Some  just focus on breathing.  Whatever the technique, mediation increases focus and decreases those endless loops of thought.  Have you ever had a song stuck in your head? Remember, it takes energy to think.  No wonder you are exhausted at the end of the day.

According to Benson:

•“. . .  [The] physiologic state of deep rest induced by practices such as meditation, yoga, deep breathing and prayer—produces immediate changes in the expression of genes involved in immune function, energy metabolism, and insulin secretion.”  This means that regular mediation practice helps to increase your immunity, increase your metabolism, and decrease inflammation (the source of many diseases).

Seattle uses meditation and visualization techniques for success.  It looks like it really paid off for them.  Check out this article on this unique approach.

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/9581925/seattle-seahawks-use-unusual-techniques-practice-espn-magazine

More on meditation later.  I’ll cover some basic meditation techniques in the next blog or you can go to http://www.change-u.com.  I have a meditation CD that you can download from the audio resources.

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