“Dr. Estcher Lerman Freeman, clinical psychologist at OHSU*, recently told the Oregonian**,
“I’ve been in practice for 30 years. I’ve never seen people this upset about an election.”
“If you’ve found yourself anxious or preoccupied lately with national or world events, meditation may be the answer to calm your mind – and could perhaps do even more.
Yoga and Meditation
“Dr. Sara Lazar of Harvard ***has been studying the impact of yoga and meditation on the brain for over 20 years. Her research showed that after eight weeks of a mindfulness-based stress reduction program, participants had an increase in brain volume or cortical thickening in four areas of the brain that are associated with such functions as emotional regulation, perspective-taking, and learning. Importantly, the amygdala, associated with fear and stress, also shrunk in those who meditated.
“Just as physical exercise has a plethora of health benefits, so does mental exercise in the form of meditation.” (OHSU)
The Take Away
After only eight weeks of a mindfulness-based stress reduction program:
participants had an increase in brain volume or cortical thickening in four areas of the brain that are associated with such functions as emotional regulation, perspective-taking, and learning.
the amygdala, associated with fear and stress, also shrunk in those who meditated.
Just a little mindfulness reaps great rewards.
Namaste is the common greeting in yoga. It is a gesture to send a message of peaceful spirituality to the universe in the hopes of receiving a positive message back. Meaning of Namaste
Namaste and peace to all.
* Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) is the state’s only academic health center. It provides an uncommon array of services from providing the state’s most comprehensive health care, to educating the next generation of clinicians and biomedical researchers, to achieving breakthroughs and innovations.
** “President Trump isn’t just dominating every news cycle, he’s fueling therapy sessions across the country…”Post-election stress is real,’ said Vaile Wright, director of research at the American Psychological Association. ‘People are really fearful about what’s going on in the country and are reporting concern about the political climate.” Anxiety in America article in The Oregonian.