It’s that time of the year again, when we feel inclined to reach for the pen and paper and begin to write down our resolutions and what we’d like to achieve in the year that lays before us.
If meditation hasn’t made it onto the list yet, Luke McLeod, the founder of the world’s first live streamed meditation service, Soul Alive has suggested some reasons as to why it should top the list this year
Meditation can slow down aging
Telomeres are protective caps at the ends of our chromosomes and the length of them offers a fascinating insight into the longevity of life. The shorter the length of our telomeres, the more susceptible our cells are to dying and sensitive we are to disease, as we get older.
In 2013, Elizabeth Hoge, M.D., a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, lead a study comparing telomere length to those that meditated and those that didn’t. Results revealed that those who meditated regularly had longer telomere length overall. This strongly supports how meditation can have a positive effect on healthy cellular aging.
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Lowers Blood pressure
A study on the practice of Transcendental Meditation and the effects on blood pressure showed that there were approximate reductions of 4.7 mm systolic blood pressure and 3.2 mm diastolic blood pressure when meditation was part of regular routine. This is a significant impact and can also lessen the reliance on prescribed blood pressure medication.
Neurochemical melatonin is critical to the falling asleep process. Produced in the brain, melatonin is a hormone whose levels peak just before bedtime, ensuring you get a night of deep, restful sleep.
Rutgers University researchers discovered that melatonin levels in meditation practitioners were boosted by an average of 98%!
Aid with memory retention
It has been proven that meditation increases the cerebral blood flow to the brain. Particularly to the frontal lobe and parietal lobes, both areas involved in retrieving memories.
Boost your overall appreciation for life
Lastly, meditation can simply bring greater joy into your life. Rather than quote another proven scientific fact, I think it’s fitting that my last reason as to why it’s a good idea to start meditating comes from the heart.
It’s hard to explain, but a growing feeling of love and appreciation has developed within me. I can confidently say I don’t feel as stressed or worried about things as I use to. A simple deep gratitude for life itself has blossomed and I hope you decide to give it a go too.
Learn To Meditate
If you would like help in learning how to meditate, I would love you to take a look at Soul Alive. An online meditation service where you can attend meditation classes from the comfort of your own home.
Additionally, if you are Sydney based we are hosting our first workshop/ day retreat on 16 February 2020 and would love for you to come along to learn more https://www.soulalive.com.au/soul-alive-workshop-sydney
Here’s to a wonderful 2020!
Do you make meditation part of your lifestyle? Tell us in the comments below.
About Luke McLeod
Luke is the founder of the first live-streamed meditation service Soul Alive which aims to bring a little more calmness and confidence into the world in an easy & authentic manner.
For the last 10 years, Luke has immersed himself in the study and practice of meditation & mindfulness.
In this time he established the Soul Society, a growing community where people come together to relax, reset and connect. Soul Alive is his latest venture.
Luke’s guided meditations have been embraced by thousands all around the world and has worked closely with the likes of AMEX, KPMG & Lululemon.