If you meditate for only twenty minutes a day you can achieve deep relaxation.Deep relaxation is a wonderful chance to allow our bodies to rest. When our body is at ease and relaxed, our mind will also be calm and at peace. The practice of deep relaxation is a very important tool to allow our bodies and minds to heal.
Deep relaxation has specific characteristics (as defined by Herbert Benson).
If You Meditate You Will:
•Decrease in heart rate
•Decrease in respiration rate
•Decrease in skeletal muscle tension
•Decrease in metabolic rate and oxygen consumption
•Decrease in analytic thinking
•Increase in skin resistance
•Increase in alpha wave activity in the brain
Meditating for 20 minutes a day, over time, can lead to a generalized feeling of relaxation in many areas of one’s life.
Some of the benefits of deep relaxation are (Bourne, 1995):
*reduction of generalized anxiety
*preventing stress from building up
*increased energy and productivity
*improved concentration and memory
*reduction of insomnia and fatigue
*increased self-confidence and reduced self-blame
*increased availablity of feeling
*prevention and/or reduction of psychosomatic disorders such as hypertension, migraines, headaches, asthma, ulcers…