Scientific studies support both meditation and imagery as practices to reduce stress

Dr. Herbert Benson, a Harvard cardiologist, conducted research that showed a variety of different types of meditation produced which can be summarized in what he called the “relaxation response”. The use of meditation was shown to restore balance within the nervous system, when the “fight or flight” response was no longer required. 

Dr. Benson says,”The use of meditation was shown to restore balance within the nervous system, when the “fight or flight” response was no longer required. When we are under stress, our sympathetic nervous system, which is part of the autonomic nervous system, becomes accelerated to deal with the perceived threat. 

This is true because when we are at ease, our parasympathetic system is the main system that is working when are calm or at ease.  When we go into a “flight or fight response” , the sympathetic response takes over and increases heart rate, blood pressure and sends more blood to the muscles.  #W315

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