When scientists studied the benefits of mindful meditation, researchers focused their attention on one body part, the heart!
In the years since scientists have found a world of benefits for virtually all bodily systems.
However, the enhancement of overall heart health remains one of the most celebrated aspects of incorporating mindful meditation into your daily life.
Driven by Your Heart
It makes sense that heart health is at the center of these studies!
When you think about it, the heart is where your entire system connects.
Your heart drives your breath, your thoughts and your feelings.
Studies have consistently shown that when we encounter a sudden shock, it’s our heart that suffers the most damage.
Promoting Heart Health
You already know that depression and anxiety can lead to noticeably increased chances of heart diseases.
The same mindset that makes heart disease more likely can also be altered to promote heart health instead.
Looking at a Recent Study
Dr. Dean Ornish of Harvard Medical School studied in detail the relationship between mindful meditation and a healthy heart.
He found that mindful meditation as an overall lifestyle change could reverse the build-up of fatty plaques.
These fatty plaques can clog a person’s coronary arteries, and eventually lead to heart disease.
From these initial findings, a flood of subsequent research and conclusions came to the surface. These conclusions expanded on the meditation and heart health connection.
Restoring and Realigning Balances
Many people in the holistic health world refer to this connection as “balance.” But this term is not as abstract as it seems!
The effects of stress on the heart, as well as the recovery from these stresses, are driven by a series of hormones and neurotransmitters that are produced throughout the body.
The chemical effects of mindful meditation effectively restore and realign these balances.
Consider the effect of meditation on cortisol. Cortisol is well-known as a hormone that’s directly stress-related.
It is also linked to high blood pressure as well as damage to heart tissue. When you’re overly stressed, your cortisol levels soar.
And it’s difficult to get them down again without relief from the stress that’s causing their production.
Mindful meditation has been proven to reduce the production of cortisol in high-stress situations. It also lowers levels of cortisol in the blood stream.
Restoring Oxytocin and Dopamine
Also, mindful meditation helps increase the production of two rock star body chemicals called oxytocin and dopamine.
During a meditated state of relaxation, your brain releases these chemicals into your body, which help immediately alleviate stress.
They also help keep your body in check when stressors inevitably arrive. As a result they:
- Lower your blood pressure
- Reduce your heart’s intake of dangerous chemicals
- Improve your overall calm demeanor, no matter what life throws at you
Considering a Natural Approach
For these reasons, more and more doctors are turning to meditation as a prescription to help patients with high-risk levels of heart disease.
More effective and certainly more natural than a mixed bag of medication, the long-term rewards to your heart from meditation are clearly huge.
Do your heart a favor, and keep the balance consistent, by incorporating mindful meditation into your life.
With a wealth of physical benefits that seem to begin and end with your heart, your body will thank you for it.
Contact me and let’s chat about incorporating mindful meditation into your world!
Having a professional teacher on your side will go a long way in getting you started.
Once you’re on the path, you’ll be amazed at how far meditation will take you.
I offer both classes in my office and an online program you can complete at your convenience.