Hypertension: The Silent Killer
Meditation: The Silent Healer
Hypertension, high blood pressure, is known as the silent killer. Its effect comes stealthy, unnoticed, and then wham – a stroke or death, often its first symptom. Meditation has proven to be the silent healer. Its effect comes stealthy as well, and then subtle changes are noticed – a feeling of contentment, a sense of well-being…and a lowering of blood pressure. And that’s just the beginning.
Over time, the effects of meditation are cumulative and felt residually; this is, meditation moves from deliberate quiet time set aside to employ some techniques like focusing on the breath to becoming the undercurrent of our conscious waking awareness. Meditation becomes a lifestyle, a way of being. We’re more relaxed, less reactive, and more quietly aware of our environment.
We spend less time tilling the memories of the past or living in the misty future, imagined. We notice a quiet confidence and complete trust in our own judgment and decision-making. We make less hurried, more mindful choices about everything from food to fitness to fashion. And then it gets even better.
Out of the inner quiet and contentment comes an enhanced sense of connection – with nature, neighbors and people we don’t even know. But now we’re on unfamiliar ground to those who rely solely on rational process and linear, measured thinking. How do we measure loving kindness and compassion? I can see the shudders in the scientific mind. How about patience and a sense of unhurried efficiency that meditation polishes? And, oh boy, here it comes…
A flashback to the hippie era, flower children and peace, love and tie dye mantras. But making love, not war and a reference to peace, love and joy predate the 60s by a couple of thousand years or more. These words are the common vernacular of those who have experienced the ultimate effect of meditation, or at least that which mediation has a role in bringing to conscious awareness. Contemporary writers and speakers who have experienced the full-tilt boogie of meditation are on today’s book bestseller’s lists, and are the most revered of poets of the past.
Hold onto your sphygmomanometer, we’re talking about Love with a capital L – mind-blowing, ego-shattering, stop the world and give me a better grip Love.