Here at Nature’s First Path, we truly believe that Health is not just what you put into your body, but also what you do with your body: Meditation is a health path to understanding yourself and the world that you live in. In particular, Sufi Meditation is the meditation on your true reality; the essence of who and what you are, in the world that you live in: submission to the Natural Order of the Universe.
If you are wondering what the link is between Meditation and your health, the similarities are astounding. Here is what some of the latest findings from Harvard have found in relation to Meditation and your health:
Relaxation appears to boost immunity in recovering cancer patients. A study at the Ohio State University found that progressive muscular relaxation, when practiced daily, reduced the risk of breast cancer recurrence. In another study at Ohio State, a month of relaxation exercises boosted natural killer cells in the elderly, giving them a greater resistance to tumors and to viruses.
– EMOTIONAL BALANCE:
Emotional balance, means to be free of all the neurotic behavior that results from the existence of a tortured and traumatized ego. This is very hard to achieve fully, but meditation certainly is the way to cure such neurosis and unhealthy emotional states. As one’s consciousness is cleansed of emotionally soaked memories, not only does great freedom abound, but also great balance. As one’s responses then are not colored by the burdens one carries, but are instead true, direct and appropriate.
– RELIEVES IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME:
When patients suffering from irritable bowel syndrome began practicing a relaxation meditation twice daily, their symptoms of bloating, diarrhea and constipation improved significantly. The meditation was so effective the researchers at the State University of New York recommended it as an effective treatment.
-LOWERS BLOOD PRESSURE:
A study at Harvard Medical School found that meditation lowered blood pressure by making the body less responsive to stress hormones, in a similar way to blood pressure-lowering medication. Meanwhile a British Medical Journal report found that patients trained how to relax had significantly lower blood pressure.
ACTS AS AN ANTI-INFLAMMATORY AGENT:
Stress leads to inflammation, a state linked to heart disease, arthritis, asthma and skin conditions such as psoriasis, say researchers at Emory University in the U.S. Relaxation can help prevent and treat such symptoms by switching off the stress response. In this way, one study at McGill University in Canada found that meditation clinically improved the symptoms of psoriasis.
The simple difference between those who meditate and those who do not, is that for a meditative mind the thought occurs but is witnessed, while for an ordinary mind, the thought occurs and is the boss. So in both minds, an upsetting thought can occur, but for those who meditate it is just another thought, which is seen as such and is allowed to blossom and die, while in the ordinary mind the thought instigates a storm which rages on and on.
In addition to Nutrition Planning, we are proud to offer Meditation instruction services led by Haji Daud Idris Abdul Salaam (Dr. Daud Scott N.D.) who has be a practitioner for over 25 years and a teacher of this unique path for over 10 years. To schedule an assessment for practices and or to have a class presentation please email him at:
– Peace be Unto You.