Mindfulness and Meditation

There is a preponderance of evidence showing the long term, negative impact that stress has on our physical and psychological well-being. Many of us live very hectic, fast paced lives with little time for self-care or relaxation. It is no surprise that this coincides with a rise in obesity, hypertension, heart attacks, autoimmune diseases, and even cancer.

There is substantial research supporting the claim that the practice of mindfulness and meditation are associated with positive health benefits. Some of the listed benefits include:

• Reduced stress
• Improve mood
• Decreased body pain
• Reduce blood pressure
• Increased attention and focus
• Improved memory

As part of a self-care routine, I encourage you to consider these books and their teachings. Simply taking 10 minutes a day to sit in a soothing area, to relax and breathe, and to give oneself a break from the daily stressors can help both calm the body and quiet the mind.