As a nurse, I stand strong in my belief that America rectifies health problems, but does not do enough in the prevention realm of healthcare.  I am not one to typically quote books, but I found it interesting that while reading Why Our Health Matters by Andrew Weil, he mentions the benefits of meditation.  He refers to Tibetan monks who believe there is “consistent differences in their brain frunction from that of people untrained in meditation, such as the presence of powerful gamma waves — brain waves indicating intensely focused thought — as well as unusual activity of the left prefrontal cortex, which is associated with positive emotions” (pg 105).  Well ladies and gentlemen that is enough for me to assume I need to focus my inner energy on being still, calm and appreciative of the world around me while I meditate.  Meditation is misconstrued by the general public, there are many different varieties of this practice which I will share with you all as I investigate them further.  We live in a society where everyone is on-the-go and everything is time sensitive – so it seems.  My goal is to take on the European lifestyle and SLOW MY ROLL.  Being rushed creates more anxiety and chaos in my world, and I’m sure radiates onto those around me.  I am trying to take life as it comes and not obsess over the minor things and let go of plotting and planning every second of everyday — what I am saying is I just want to live my life.  For me another word to describe meditation is relaxation, just allowing my mind to wander freely – putting a halt to that endless tape of thoughts that runs through my mind at lightning speed.  This could range from taking a bath with candles and fabulous smelling bath salts to taking the baby for a walk in the stroller without listening to music or listening to white noise soundtracks on spotify while cuddling with the baby – the possibilities are endless.  This doesn’t necessarily mean sitting in a room and starring at the wall for endless hours – you have to do what works for you to calm your mind, or else you won’t do it everyday.  And, the great thing is you don’t have to do the same thing everyday; there are many peaceful tranquil activities that can slow your brain activity.  The key is to be still and content with yourself and the world around you.

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