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Investor's Business Daily, Los Angeles

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Investor's Business Daily
Los Angeles

Meditation Gives Your Mind
Permanent Working Holiday

Relaxation can improve your business
decisions and your overall health

BY KATHLEEN DOLER

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Ever want to shut off your brain?  The stream of thoughts is incessant: the 65 unanswered e-mails in your inbox, your son's science project, your co-workers annoying sighing, the roof gutter repair, the grocery list.  The endless static of brain chatter can be overwhelming.
   Sure, a vacation would be great, but meditation offers a cheaper and always-available solution.  It's a way of slowing down the active mind.  Like cleaning out a cluttered drawer, meditation can have a cleansing effect on your brain.
   What's more, evidence is convincing Western doctors that the benefits of meditation go way beyond its calming influence.  Studies show it can help reduce blood pressure and cholesterol, lower the risk of heart attack and stroke, treat insomnia, anxiety and stress, aid in reducing chronic pain and improve treatment of hormonal problems.
   It's easy to learn, and it doesn't have to be spiritual.  Clark Strand says it best in his book "The Wooden Bowl": "To meditate is to return to our natural state, the condition of wakeful simplicity that exists when distractions have fallen away."

Give it a try: Meditation is about bringing stillness into your life and mind.  All you need to get started is a quiet place to practice and five or 10 minutes.  Forget the stuff you've heard about pretzel postures, incense and bells.  Sit comfortably in a chair, a quiet place, with soft light. You're ready to begin.

  
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Medical benefits and reduced stress: As mentioned above, medical benefits of meditation are compelling and varied.  In one of the most significant recent studies, researchers found meditation may reduce atherosclerosis and the risk of heart attack and stroke.  The findings were published in the American Heart Association Journal, Stroke in March 2001.

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