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Three ways meditation helps you deal with adversity
by Jeanne Ball
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24 September 2013
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Jeanne Ball, a longtime teacher of the Transcendental Meditation technique in the USA, writes in the Huffington Post about the latest book by distinguished psychiatrist Dr Norman Rosenthal , The Gift of Adversity:
''When adversity strikes, meditation can be our best friend. Not as an escape, but as a secret weapon to fortify our minds and bodies, to create resilience and perspective. In his new book, The Gift of Adversity, world-renowned researcher, psychiatrist and author Dr. Norman Rosenthal tells us, 'If you are unhappy with your life, consider changing it first from within. Meditation is a powerful tool for self-change, which often leads naturally to positive changes in those around you.'
''When we are under stress from crisis, disappointment, loss or sudden illness, our bodies react by flooding our nervous systems with stress hormones, making it harder to think clearly, sleep deeply or have the wherewithal to pick up the pieces. As a teacher of the Transcendental Meditation technique, I meet many of my students for the first time when they are going through a difficult period and are looking for inner strength to overcome adversity.
''One might think it would be difficult to sit and meditate while feeling troubled, but the beauty of a natural, effective mediation technique is that it allows the mind to shift, within seconds, to a state of calm and peace. Research has found that deep transcendence is accompanied by reduction of breath rate, slowing of metabolic rate(1), decreased cortisol and plasma lactate(2) and increased skin resistance are all indicators of deep relaxation.''
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References: 1. A wakeful hypometabolic physiologic state. Wallace, R. K., et al. American Journal of Physiology 221: 795-799, 1971. 2. Physiological differences between Transcendental Meditation and rest. Dillbeck, Michael C.; Orme-Johnson, David W. American Psychologist, Vol 42(9), Sep 1987, 879-881.
SOURCE: Transcendental Meditation Blog
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