An article from the Telegraph in the UK confirms what adherents of meditation have known for thousands of years- its good for you ! Meditation was found to reduce the risk of recurrent heart attacks, lower blood pressure and stress in a study group.
I've been off of my meditation schedule lately and it shows. I'm grumpy, can't focus and prone to unpleasant episodes of lashing out at others. I have found that when I mediate on a daily basis, I feel much more focused, at peace with myself and less prone to anxiety. If you've never tried it, I highly recommend it. Even 10 minutes a day can make a big improvement on your outlook on things and there is no need to tie it to Buddhism or any other spiritual belief if you don't want to. Just grab yourself some carpet and get to it.
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