The Benefits of Meditation 
Clinical research in neuroscience and psychology shows that meditation can help us to concentrate more effectively, feel happier and be less anxious. It develops inner contentment and peace.

Benefits of Meditation

Manage stress 
Meditation can be an effective way to manage stress. As we enter this relaxed but aware state; ‘busy mind’ slows, the nervous system relaxes and muscles and organs release tension; lowering heart rate, improving digestion and deepening breathing. It’s as if we are giving ourselves a soothing massage which reaches every level of our being - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
Clinical studies reveal the power of meditation
Recent clinical studies undertaken by scientists at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, USA, and Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin, USA, show that regular meditation not only reduces stress but also reshapes the brain in ways that appear to increase attention span, sharpen focus and improve memory by thickening parts of the brain’s cerebral cortex. The cerebral cortex is responsible for decision making, attention and memory and becomes thinner with age. 
Some large corporations offering meditation classes, such as Deutsche Bank, Google and Hughes Aircraft, have found that not only does meditation make employees sharper, but productivity is improved by preventing stress-related illness and absenteeism and helps people get along with each other better.
The studies also show a significant shift from right brain to left brain activity during meditation. Apparently, people who use the left side of their brain predominantly tend to be more enthusiastic, happier and active. 
A means for self-development
Meditation offers a gentle means for self-development. By putting us in touch with our natural resources we are able to find balance, perspective and support from within ourselves. We need these in order to function healthily – both on a personal and social level. With these in place we can begin to relate better to ourselves and others.
Connect to ‘something bigger’ 
Meditation provides an opportunity to explore and develop the spiritual aspect of ourselves. Free from dogma and ritual, Resourcefulness Meditation allows us to do this in our own way and at our own pace. To make a connection to ‘something bigger’ can be life affirming, especially when dealing with life challenges or ill-health.

“..a journey started, one that’s already taught me how to cope with some difficult and stressful situations in a way that I never imagined were within my reach. It’s about learning a set of skills, of course, but it’s also about recognising and appreciating what one’s mind and body can do on their own given the space, the peace, the time and the opportunity.” Hester Marriott, Hampshire

Wide-ranging benefits of meditation for health and well-being

Meditation may help to:

Induce deep relaxation
Clear the mind
Reduce stress levels
Stabilise energy levels
Encourage healthier breathing patterns
Boost the production of ‘feel good’ endorphins
Support the immune system
Lower blood pressure
Improve digestion

Meditation may provide support for: 

    • Post operative recovery
    • Pain management and management of chronic illness or disease

“Linda’s meditation groups formed a core element of my recovery from a serious depression. I have taken the practice that I learned into my everyday life, knowing that I could return to the beginnings of calm and balance, with just five minutes of the breathing techniques and visualisations I learned” Jane Law, London

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