Blossoming Health with Nanny Bee

By Linda Pecone
Meditation is better than morphine? Recent scientific studies are going as far as saying that meditation is better than morphine. These studies show that many medications can be replaced with meditation. Always speak to your doctor first, however. You will begin to notice big changes in your health and wellness when you start meditating once a day, even for just a few minutes at a time.

Many experts say that meditation and mindfulness practices are an important part of a balanced lifestyle. Experts believe that the medicinal qualities of meditation can

have a direct impact on physical elements such as sleeping patterns, pain management, and even blood pressure. Meditation can make your brain stronger and improve emotional regulation. It can also improve breathing, while reducing stress and tension.

Sometimes knowing where to start can be a bit overwhelming. Making time to fit it in is also a big factor. Even though we know it’s good for us, we often put ourselves last when it comes to self-care. How about building meditation into your morning or evening routine where you give yourself just 10 to 15 minutes a day to ‘be present', to be still, and to calm the mind. It can start your day out cheerier, or help you fall asleep more peacefully at night.

Some of my favorite apps for IPhone or Android are Headspace and Calm. If you subscribe to Podcasts, Tara Brach is a favorite of mine. I also enjoy the Meditation Oasis. The best meditation, I believe for sleep is Yoga Nidra. You can find several free on YouTube. If you are on Meetups there are a few groups in the local area you can join.

Meditation is something everyone can do to improve their mental and emotional health. You can do it just about anywhere. Special equipment or memberships aren’t a requirement. If you need the help, you can find many meditation courses and support groups online or near you. There's a variety of styles too, so that you can find one that works for you. Seeking a style of mediation suited to your goals is a great way to improve your quality of life, even if you only have a few minutes a day to do it.

Linda Pecone, along with her husband, is a long time resident of Lyons Colorado. She has a degree in nutrition, and is a certified herbalist. She enjoys creating healthful recipes for families and pets. She is also the owner of The Lyons Little Yellow Wellness House on Second Avenue.

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