Transcendental Meditation made popular in the sixties by the Beatles, Mia Farrow and other celebrities heard about a doctor, Harvard cardiologist Dr. Herbert Benson who studied the heart, hear rate, respiratory rate and meditation. What he found was significant for the beginnings of mind-body medicine, “the relaxation response.”
The happiest people are not he wealthiest or the most beautiful ones, the golden ticket is adopting certain behaviors that are scientifically proven to increase happiness. When you change certain natural tendencies happiness prevails. In these happy people they devoted a lot of time to nurturing their relationships, practiced optimism, were the first to lend a helping hand, expressed gratitude and savored life’ passage.
By cutting yourself loose from overthinking and ruminating negative thoughts
Losses, traumas and practicing forgiveness and engaging in activities that gets you in the flow. Benson studied the monks of Tibet and noticed that instead of shivering when wrapped in nothing but loincloths and wet sheets in the freezing temperatures of the Himalayan mountains to meditate, getting sick and then dying, the monks were able to drop their blood pressure, raise their temperatures enough to dry the sheets by visualizing fires in their bellies.
Benson noted the relaxation response also treated angina, cardiac palpitations, asthma, skin reactions, herpes, fatigue, hypertension, infertility, nervousness, stress and a host of other ailments. The relaxation response is the answer to the “fight or flight response.”
When you are stressed out you crave relaxation
Over the years since then, Benson has discovered meditation wasn’t the only way to get this response in the body and get rid of stress, yoga, Qigong, Tai Chi, walking, swimming, knitting, mowing, sitting, standing and singing also proved effective. In 1975 Dr. Benson wrote the book, The Relaxation Response, in which he reveled his scientific discoveries.
1. A quiet environment.
2. A mental device, a chosen word, phrase, sound or prayer.
3. A non-judgmental attitude
4. A comfortable position.
Pick a word or phrase rooted in your belief system, sit quietly and close your eyes. Relax your muscles, progressing from your feet to your calves, abdomen, thighs, head and neck. Breathe slowly and naturally and say your focus word, sound or phrase silently to yourself. Attitude, don’t worry about how well you are doing. When the negative thoughts-stress come us, say or think, “oh well,” and gently return to your repetition.
Continue for 10-20 minutes. Do not stand immediately, sit quietly allowing yourself to slowly come back. Practice this twice a day.
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