Thursday, February 16, 2017

Benefits of a Meditation Practice

Anil Jethmal leads as a senior investment executive in Cortlandt Manor, New York. To maintain focus on his work and to manage stress, Anil Jethmal keeps up with a regular meditation practice.

The traditional practice of meditation has received widespread attention in recent years for its ability to focus the mind, calm the emotions, and balance the body. Research has shown that a regular meditation practice improves the body's stress responses and can even reduce blood pressure. Furthermore, many patients with chronic inflammation or pain have found that meditating can lead to noticeable symptom improvement.

Meditation has also proven effective at increasing positive emotions and reducing negative affect. Multiple studies have demonstrated the effect of meditation on anxiety, even to the level that it decreases the density of brain tissue involved in “worry” thoughts. It can mitigate feelings of depression and improve psychological processes overall, thus encouraging a sense of general well-being.

People who meditate often report feeling more connected to others as well. The practice naturally strengthens one's ability to empathize and to read emotional cues, while cultivating a sense of compassion. At the same time, the practitioner's increasing emotional stability supports the development of less tumultuous interpersonal relations.

Similarly effective at boosting productivity, meditation increases an individual's ability to focus on tasks. It strengthens cognition as well as memory, and can even help the brain to process new information, thus making the learning process more efficient. People who meditate have found that they are more effective as well as more creative, both at work and in everyday life.

Of Indian descent, but virtually a lifelong New Yorker, Anil Jethmal is often asked about the caste system in India.   Many confuse the ...