Meditation Can Cause Miracles
One of my objectives for this year is to mediate more frequently than once or twice a week.  So I decided to
start by meditating every day, this January.  To my surprise, I have only missed a couple of days.  Every
morning after my tea, I lie in a comfortable position and begin.  I just meditate for as long as I feel, ranging
from 10 minutes to as much as 35 minutes per session. (Note: Beginners can start with 5-10 minute
sessions.) I have had some very positive results during this time. However, the newest and greatest result
has been how much calmer and happier I fell afterwards and these positive feelings seem to last through a
good part of my day.

                                                  “Maybe if we tell them the brain is an app, they will use it.”
                                                                                        — Unknown

Do you wish for changes in your body, physically, mentally, and/or emotionally? Then, you need to slow down,
focus within, and become aware of yourself. Yes, it takes extra effort to unplug from the frenetic energy of the
world and listen to what your body is saying. The best benefits are experienced and achieved by repeating
this exercise often, slowly but surely building a stable sense of awareness that starts to filter through to the
rest of our life. So let’s talk about specifics: how exactly does meditation change your life?

The moment you get comfortable, place your arms at your sides, and join your thumb and fingers and begin
to take a few deep breaths, your mind, body, and soul begin to transform. Meditation has been practiced for
thousands of years to promote spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being, but how exactly does it affect the
body? Meditation works on the whole person. A regular meditation practice helps you get in touch with
yourself on a deep level enabling you to detect imbalances in your well-being right away.
fear, actually showed a decrease in gray matter.

Since meditation has a significant toll on the brain, and the brain controls all of you, it can protect your body
when it’s most vulnerable to be ill. Compared to non-meditators, meditators are able to produce a greater
number of antibodies and have an increase immune function, according to a study published in the journal
Psychosomatic Medicine. Furthermore, meditators may be able to see changes on a cellular level with an
increase in telomere length, which is associated with a decreased likelihood of diseases such as
cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and cancer.

Meditation not only benefits the mind and body, but also the soul. It can help meditators become more
empathetic. Meditators tend to have higher alpha waves, which are known to reduce feelings of negative
mood, tension, sadness, and anger.

              “Miracles start to happen when you give as much thought to your dreams as to your fears.”
                                                                              — Unknown

Always remember that whatever you resist will persist. If thoughts come up, merely observe them. Let them
come into your mind, accept them, and then let them go. Since I started meditating, on a daily basis I feel
more empowered and complete on a mental, emotional, and spiritual level. I have more control over my
mind and my thoughts. When you master your mind, you become less reactive. Today, I find that I am more
present and in the moment when I am interacting with people, both in my work and in my personal life.
                     "Silence isn’t empty it is full of answers.”
                                            — Unknown

Meditation all starts in the brain with an increase in neural
activity in regions directly correlated with decreased anxiety
and depression, along with increased pain tolerance. The
default mode network, in particular, is activated when the
mind is at rest and not focusing on the outside world. This
has been found to improve memory, self-awareness, and
goal setting.

During meditation, the active brain begins to undergo
physical changes. A 2011 study published in the journal
Psychiatry Research: Neuro-imaging found it takes up to
two months to get a better brain. Participants who were
involved in a meditation program for eight weeks had gray
matter that was denser in areas associated with learning,
memory, processing, and emotion regulation. The
amygdala, which deals with stress, blood pressure, and
I have learned that, as with any practice or school of
thought, ultimately you need to find what works for
you. If you think you are too busy to meditate, think
again. Studies have shown that meditating just ten
minutes a day reduces stress, lowers cortisol levels,
and improves your outlook on life (Sarich, 2015).
all lead busy lives, but if we want to achieve life
mastery, it is important that we feel a sense of
balance, in our body, mind, and soul. Take the time to
invest in yourself. Go deeper and embrace the power
of meditation.