We don’t really make a secret about it here at Evergreen Wellness. We believe in meditation. There are so many reasons to start meditating, but perhaps the most persuasive thing we could write comes in the form of a testimonial from a neutral third-party: Anderson Cooper.
We know what you’re thinking. The CNN guy with the silver hair?
Yes, that Anderson Cooper. Last year, Cooper did a piece for 60 Minutes about his experience with meditating. He had specialists monitor certain brain signals that have been associated with stress. The specialists told him to think stressful thoughts. Then they told him to meditate and focus on his breathing.
“When I let go of those stressful thoughts and refocused on my breath,” Cooper narrates in the video, “within seconds the brain cells that had been firing quieted down.”
Reduce Stress by Meditating
Cooper is far from the first to experience the benefits of meditation. His experience points to one of the best reasons anyone — particularly those of us entering our golden years — could have for meditating.
Meditation, particularly one brand of the discipline called “mindfulness meditation” has been shown to fight stress. According to Forbes, “Studies have shown its benefits in reducing anxiety, even years after” a patient practices regularly.
A practice that has been shown to decrease stress promised major benefits for older adults. Stress is associated with a variety of ailments, including heart disease, the number one killer of American adults, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Meditation might go a long way toward keeping you stress-free, and keeping your heart healthy.
Fight Aging by Meditating
Our friends at Forbes have another great reason for us to start meditating! A UCLA study they cite says that “long term meditators had better-preserved brains than non meditators as they aged.” This is big news for those of us trying to fight off the aging process. (Read: all of us.)
There are so many great reasons to start meditating. We’ve really only scratched the surface. If you’re looking to explore the benefits of meditation further, check out more of our great meditation content. Whether you’re trying to fight depression, aging, or stress, meditation might be the answer.
Disclaimer: This content is for informational purposes only and it is not meant to be relied on as medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Consult your physician before starting any exercise or dietary program or taking any other action respecting your health. In case of a medical emergency, call 911.