Mindfulness enables us to react favourably to change. It directs our attention to resolve the difficult and diverse challenges that we face every day. Meditation is the key.
According to studies done by the Harvard Medical School, [add link] meditation a perfect, non-invasive medicine for stress. Stress is a major factor in more than 80% of medical complaints.
Meditation and mindfulness are proven methods to:
• reduce anxiety and panic
• increase emotional balance
• reduce chronic pain and illness
• reduce headaches and fatigue and lower blood pressure.
Any level of stress sustained over a long period, leads to reduced performance, resulting in:
• a decrease in concentration and memory, and increased indecisiveness
• anxiety, nervousness, depression, anger, frustration, aggression
• nervous habits, increased eating, smoking, drinking.
A team of researchers, led by Dr Ramesh Manocha of the Meditation Research Program in Sydney Medical School, monitored stress levels of full-time Australian workers in Sydney’s CBD to determine the effectiveness of meditation in combating this widespread and expensive problem. [add link]
The workers, who used a traditional silent form of meditation, became much less stressed and depressed compared to more conventional approaches to relaxation and placebo.