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Good article about stress management and reducing stress through meditation

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The article, “10-Minute Mindfulness Meditation To Reduce Stress”, by Dina Kaplan states,

“It’s easy to feel stressed. Demands on our time, a long to-do list and people asking for phone calls and meetings.

There is a way out. If you meditate for even ten minutes, you’ll feel better.

That’s because the body’s stress response is prone to snap judgements. As the Brainwave Research Institute writes, “Much of what activates our primal “fight or flight” response is not something that will kill us – we just think it will.” Our brains are wired, as they say, to over-react.

That can be helpful in the jungle but is less helpful in everyday life. When we’re stressed, it’s hard to make sound decisions. We react automatically to situations rather than acting mindfully. As author and monk Jeff Canon writes in the Huffington Post, fight or flight “can cause us to panic when we should remain calm.”

Meditation brings us out of fight or flight by activating the body’s natural relaxation response. In fact the term “Relaxation Response” was named by Dr. Herbert Benson of Harvard’s Mind/Body Medical Institute, and it refers to our ability to release chemicals and brain signals that make our muscles and organs slow down and increase blood flow to the brain. With this, you can access mental agility, the ability to choose your responses throughout the day rather than acting automatically. As Dr. Benson writes in The Relaxation Response, meditation is a great way to get us there.”

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