Last week I had written a note to myself to try and meditate a few times this week. Since my stress levels have been at their normal super-high levels, I thought it would be a good idea to give meditation a try. Meditation has been shown to have very positive health benefits. According to the Stress section of About.com,
When practicing meditation, your heart rate and breathing slow down, your blood pressure normalizes, you use oxygen more efficiently, and you sweat less. Also, your adrenal glands produce less cortisol, adrenaline and noradrenaline, you make more positive hormones, your body ages at a slower rate, and your immune function improves. Your mind also clears and your creativity increases. People who meditate regularly find it easier to give up life-damaging habits like smoking, drinking and drugs.
You also can levitate and poop nuggets of solid gold. See, here’s my skepticism showing through. This is why I have such a hard time with meditation. So exactly how much will meditation slow down my aging? Will it slow it down enough to make up for all the lost hours of my life I spent meditating?
I was looking at a similar page that describes different types of meditation. The basic description of meditation sounds exactly like what my brain does before I go to sleep. I deal with the thoughts that come into my head and let them go until there is this empty place that I feel start to dip into, and then I fall asleep.
I’m afraid to mess with my sleep ritual just so I can produce less noradrenaline, considering I don’t know what that is or does.
Now if I could poop solid gold, that would make it all worthwhile.