#120 – Meditation increases feelings of vitality and rejuvenation
Throughout history mankind has searched for an anti-aging key and the secret to rejuvenation. Royalty sent voyagers around the planet in search of it, and people from all walks of life have sought or tried a variety of supposed remedies. From herbal elixirs to grotesque practices, ancient anti-aging methods were often based more on myth than fact. While we may never find that fountain of youth or elixir of life through the Philosopher’s Stone, we can rejuvenate the mind and body with the help of meditation.
As damaged cells accumulate, they hinder proper organ function and skin elasticity. The skin shows this most of all, of course, as it is the largest organ and is visible at all times. Consumers spend time and money on skincare products with hopes of reversing visible signs such as wrinkles, but this approach doesn’t address the internal signs and symptoms of age. Rejuvenation is about repairing damaged cells and replacing old tissue, which also prevents deterioration of the heart, lungs, kidneys, and other vital organs. It is from a full-body approach that one feels renewed and revitalized.
The scientific approaches to regeneration include implantation of stem cells and induction of residual cells for restoration. While meditation and other holistic approaches to healing are often considered more spiritual than scientific, research from the scientific community supports findings from ancient practitioners that meditation does in fact improve health and slow the aging process.
Meditation boosts immune system activity, as witnessed in studies using Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and places the mind and body in a state wherein healing occurs more quickly. Heightened immunity helps the organ systems fight bacteria and viruses while preventing infiltration from those that haven’t yet attacked. Within an altered state of consciousness, or the alpha state, the body may also be better able to repair itself due to a decreased level of stress hormones. Total relaxation allows the cells to more easily reproduce for new growth and repair damage that leads to disease.
Not only does one feel healthier and more relaxed with continuous practice of meditation, he is not as susceptible to pain and stress. This enhancement in physical function and state of mind is what produces a renewed sense of vitality. Meditation can slow the aging process significantly and improve one’s quality of life safely and naturally.