Stress is a daily part of our lives. Whether it is from sitting in traffic, dealing with your boss, listening to customer complaints or pretty much anything else, you must have the skills to deal with it. If not, your mental and physical health can become negatively impacted. Stress is any physical or mental state in response to something in our environment. Our bodies react in a certain way when challenged or threatened. However, we do not have to be face to face with a bear to feel threatened and stressed. We could also be home sitting on the couch and start thinking about finances. Thoughts alone could send us into a panic. As a result, our heart rate increases, muscles tighten, breathing quickens and blood pressure sky rockets.
Dr. Jennifer Haythe, co-founder of the Women’s Center for Cardiovascular Health at Columbia University stated that the key to longevity is to take care of your heart. Mood and stress have a negative impact on our hearts and could mean big problems in the long run. She suggests meditating for 20 minutes a day to keep your heart healthy. Another researcher, Dr. Benjamin Shapero, instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School teamed up with Gaelle Desbordes, a neuroscientist, to look at mindfulness medication and it’s impact on our brains. They found that FMRI’s of the brain clearly showed changes in the amygdala during and after meditation. This suggests that meditation may have lasting effects even after you are finished.
I walk you through the steps for utilizing deep belly breathing during meditation. Join me in part 2. for guided mindfulness meditation using this new skill. If you love Dr. Joe Dispenza, you will certainly enjoy this.