While there are many types of meditation, most have four things in common:
a quiet distraction-free location; a comfortable posture; a focus of attention (on breathing or mantra, for example); and an open attitude.
Research suggests that mediation may help lower blood pressure as well as ease anxiety, depression, insomnia, and even symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and ulcerative colitis.
Elizabeth Bradley, M.D., medical director of the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine, has her patients try this simple mediation: Breathe in for a count of four, hold for seven, then breathe out for eight while placing a hand on the belly to feel it moving.
Source: CR Consumer Reports magazine November 2018
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