The high levels of stress that are rampant throughout our society rob us of being our most productive selves. And, left unattended can cause a myriad of health problems and dramtically decrease the quality of our work and overall well being.
- It is estimated that over 60% of all doctor visits today are stress related
- Muscle tension, headaches, insomina, high blood pressure, heart disease and strokes are often the result of being overly stressed
- Stress decreases our ability to use higher level reasoning skills
- Stress robs us of our overall sense of well being and happiness
Scientific studies now show that meditation is the most effective tool in countering stress. Meditation training:
- Stops unproductive responses to stress
- Reduces days off from work due to stress related illness
- Diminishes negative attitudes
- Promotes personal accountability and responsiveness
- Develops greater focus
- Enhances creativity
- Increases productivity
Why does meditation work?
Meditation teaches us how to get control over our thinking processes. It prevents us from wasting time and energy with “mindless” chatter and allows us to focus more of our attention to what’s before us. Most of us have never been taught how to increase our mental resources, yet it is the most effective tool in increasing performance. In one session most people find they can achieve immediate results that really make a difference.
For decades, researchers at the National Institutes of Health, the University of Massachusetts, and the Mind/Body Medical Institute at Harvard University have sought to document how meditation enhances the qualities companies need in their human capital: sharpened intuition, steely concentration, and plummeting stress levels. What's different today is groundbreaking research showing that when people meditate, they alter the biochemistry of their brains. The evolution of powerful mind-monitoring technologies has also enabled scientists to scan the minds of meditators on a microscopic scale, revealing fascinating insights about the plasticity of the mind and meditation's ability to sculpt it.
In our society, people are very involved in the physical fitness craze, working out several times a week, but few pay that kind of attention to their minds. Yet, modern neuroscience is showing that our minds are as plastic as our bodies. Meditation can help train your mind in the same way exercise can train your body.