A Relaxed and Beautiful Mind

April 11, 2018 • By Benjamin Wilson

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Meditation Teacher Senka says, “Meditation adds years to your life and life to your years”

The mile-a-minute lifestyles many of us lead can negatively affect our minds and bodies. Thankfully, meditation for beginners in Sydney is a great way to reduce stress and improve your health.

Stress is not only harmful to our mental well-being, but to our bodies too, and can even affect our complexion. Stress releases pro-inflammatory chemicals which lead to skin becoming dry, the breakdown of collagen, and can affect the skin’s pigmentation and cause outbreaks, of psoriasis, eczema, and even the appearance of your face.

According to Sydney mediation guru Senka, longitudinal studies have shown that negative changes in our minds can distort our faces over time. The way we interpret experiences can even influence the appearance of our facial structure - for example, high levels of continued stress can lead to a furrowed brow, turned-down mouth, and tired eyes. (1)

Many medical studies have estimated that as many as 90% of health issues are either aggravated or directly caused by stress. Thankfully, the antidote to these problems comes in the form of meditation—the ultimate anti-stress medicine. Meditation allows us to achieve a unique and distinct state of rest that can physiologically eliminate stress and its associated effects, while also promoting a state of health and both mental and physical balance.

Research has shown that those who regularly practice meditation experience reduced stress, higher levels of energy and overall health, broader awareness, improved sleep, and much less tension in life. All of this results in fewer doctor’s visits and lowered medical costs. Deep meditation-aided rest leads to much lower levels of fatigue and stress, allowing your body to maintain or return to a state of balance.

These benefits are often immediate, significant, and long-lasting. A study published in the Journal of Psychosomatic Medicine found that meditation helped to clear up psoriasis four times quicker than in those who did not meditate. The study also showed that both brain and immune functions were improved through mediation.

Guided meditation, also known as transcendental meditation, is a natural and almost effortless process. It's a great introduction to meditation for beginners, as it's only practiced for 20 minutes each morning and evening, with eyes closed while sitting comfortably, while focusing solely on the mediation process. (2)

Sydney-based meditation teacher Senka believes daily meditation can lead to worrying much less about the newly formed wrinkle you noticed yesterday, or at the very least, allow you to put it into perspective. Connecting with our inner beings and finding a sense of calm can help us to discover parts of ourselves that extend beyond age. We learn to view things from a higher perspective and begin to appreciate that there are things in life that are more important than status, our bank accounts, and wrinkles. Meditation leads to a quieter and fresher mind, making us happier and more alert.

The benefits of meditation don’t stop at improved health—it could even make you smarter. Research shows that the brain functions in a coherent and orderly manner during meditation, which correlates with improvements in IQ, creativity, memory, ability to learn, moral reasoning, and emotional stability. Meditation can quite literally alter the way your brain functions, with people finding they’re able to accomplish more with less effort, while also finding work, relationships, and recreational activities to be much more rewarding.

Before splashing out on expensive skin creams, consider that meditation can stop and even reverse the negative effects of stress on your skin. Studies have found that those who had practiced guided mediation for 5 years or more had a biological age 12 years lower than their chronological age. So slow down and ask why I am rushing and how is it affecting my health. Start a new habit and start meditation today.

Benjamin Wilson

He is a fitness trainer and part-time blogger interested in nutrition and in leading a healthy lifestyle. He writes smart and inspirational articles on nutrition supported by scientific research and his own personal experience in the healthcare industry.
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