With the current world climate, many people are looking for ways to strengthen their immune systems. Many are improving their diets, taking supplements, ingesting superfoods, and ensuring they get plenty of sleep at night. But there is something more you can do…start meditating!
We have heard that meditation can help us manage stress, relieve anxiety, reduce blood pressure and feel more peaceful. But did you know that many scientific studies are demonstrating that meditation and mindfulness practices have a positive effect on our physiology…including boosting our immune system? Several scientific studies have indicated positive change in the immune function in meditators. (Links to some of these studies are listed at the end of this article under Sources.)
It is widely accepted that stress can weaken our immune system and meditation is the perfect antidote to stress. Rudolph Tanzi, Vice-Chair of Neurology and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, stated that “Meditation is one of the ways to engage in restorative activities that may provide relief for our immune systems, easing the day-to-day stress of a body constantly trying to protect itself."
By bringing a regular meditation practice into your life, you can not only improve your emotional and mental wellbeing, you can also boost your immunity. So by all means, take your vitamins, adapt a healthy lifestyle, wash your hands, and....start meditating today! I’ve written this simple article that can help you start meditating right now: How to Meditate in 6 Easy Steps. You also can visit me at the Crystal Lotus Meditation & Wellness Center located in Manasquan, New Jersey or follow me on Instagram or Facebook for more resources.
Wendy Koreyva is a Reiki Master and certified Meditation & Yoga Teacher. She founded the Crystal Lotus Meditation & Wellness Center in 2011, with the intention of providing a safe and nurturing space for members of her community to experience peace, relaxation, and healing. Wendy’s passion is to assist others in reconnecting to their true selves.