Why Meditate?

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We know you’re busy, but…

Is there really anything more important than your mental, physical, and emotional well-being? Meditation is one of those rare practices that can actually enhance all of those aspects of self. Here is what the science has to say about this ancient practice:

  • Improves memory and focus

  • Measurably reduces stress and anxiety levels

  • Increases one’s ability to regulate emotional states

  • Increases telomere length, a measure of aging

  • Improves executive functioning and ability to sustain attention (Students, take note!)

  • Increases capacity for self-acceptance and empathy toward others

  • Improves digestion by activating the parasympathetic nervous system

  • Helps reduce “brain fog”

Meditation can lead to a greater sense of purpose in life.

Few would argue that life is richer if one feels a sense of meaning and purpose. If you reflect on your life, isn’t it true that you were happiest when you felt that your goals and beliefs were aligned with what you were actually doing in your life? Your happiness may be intrinsically linked to the sense that you are leading a meaningful life. Sadly, according to a 2010 study on wellbeing conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fewer than one half of Americans feel a sense of purpose beyond their jobs and family obligations.

Related to this, a study of meditation practitioners’ sense of purpose (among other things) was measured before and after a three-month meditation retreat. Meditators who had strengthened their sense of life purpose during the retreat showed a simultaneous increase in the level of telomerase in their immune cells, even after five months (Tonya Jacobs et al., “Intensive Meditation Training, Immune Cell Telomerase Activity, and Psychological Mediators,” Psychoneuroendocrinology 2010). Telomerase is the enzyme that protects the length of our telomeres, which are the DNA strands associated with longevity.

One study, of course, does not prove that meditation increases life span, but it touches upon the intriguing area of research known as epigenetics, which examines how gene expression changes based on environment and behavior. Your body, including your brain, literally changes based on what you do and what you expose it to regularly! There is some evidence that a regular meditation practice can strengthen your sense of life purpose. This is why we offer Daily Intention classes three mornings per week at the Mindful One Meditation Studio. Mornings are an ideal time to reinvigorate your sense of life purpose, or to simply set an intention for the day. Please consider joining us, for Daily Intention or any other class that speaks to you, and feel the support of others who are committed to living life on purpose!