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The Benefits of Meditation The following resources discuss the multitude of health, wellness, and longevity benefits of meditation. • Improves mental health and diminishes pain (https://doi.org/10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.13018) • Slows and even reverses the aging processes (https://doi.org/10.1038/tp.2016.164) • Reduces the shrinking (and may even extend the length) of telomeres (www.bluezones.com/2018/11/ can-meditation-really-slow-ageing) • Decreases inflammation (https://doi.org/10.1016/j. bbi.2012.10.013) • Curbs caloric intake (https://doi.org/10.1007/s10865- 017-9884-5) • Grows cognitive and emotive intelligence (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pscychresns.2010.08.006) • Upregulates immune response (https://doi.org/10.1370/afm.1376) • Alters and diminishes pain perception (https://doi.org/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.5791-10.2011) • Encourages happiness and contentment (Dan Buettner, The Blue Zones of Happiness) SAV V Y SELF‰CARE Meditate & Move ABMP offers once weekly meditation on its Facebook and YouTube pages. Angie Parris-Raney, LMT, Chopra Center Certified in meditation and ayurvedic lifestyles, leads these short, online, recorded sessions as part of our Meditate & Move series. child, or loved one. Or perhaps we discover new ways of being and doing that generate creative possibilities, ideas, or visions. And when we are regularly generating a flow state, we access and reconnect to our personal truth. We make space between the conflicting messages outside our mind (or the jumbled thoughts within) in favor of coaxing, revealing, and expressing our true nature. BECOMING THE SOURCE OF TRUTH Just as there are many forms of meditation, there are many pathways to your truth. Flow states and embodiment practices allow us to acknowledge the unimpeded nature of our true self. Meditation, in any form, trains our focus to the present moment and promotes a body- mind connection that is calm, clear, content, and at ease. Studies demonstrate that a host of benefits (including clearer purpose, pleasure, and life satisfaction) can be obtained in as little as two minutes of daily meditation. 3 We invite you to choose a pathway each day that nourishes and reveals your true nature! Notes 1. John Geirland, "Go with the Flow," September 1, 1996, www.wired.com/1996/09/czik. 2. Headspace, "What is a Flow State and What are Its Benefits?" accessed March 2021, www.headspace.com/articles/flow-state. 3. Dan Buettner, The Blue Zones of Happiness: Lessons from the World's Happiest People (Washington, D.C.: National Geographic, 2017). Heath and Nicole Reed are co-founders of Living Metta•or Living "Loving•Kindness"•and•have been team teaching national and international workshops and retreats since 2001. They place a strong emphasis on growing body intelligence, intuition, and self-care. They invite•you to join their membership community to inspire and refresh your practice. Their bodywork, self-care videos, webinars, home-study courses, and more may be found at•livingmetta.com. For more information, visit facebook.com/ABMPpage/videos or youtube.com/user/ABMPmassage/playlists. 24 m a s s a g e & b o d y wo r k m ay/ j u n e 2 0 2 1

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