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Submitted by Dr Wilkerson D.C.

How Meditation Contributes to Overall Health

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ost of us pay little attention, if any, to the daily functioning of our many

physiological systems. Our hearts beat, our digestive systems digest, and

our various hormones, such as those deriving from the thyroid gland, ad-

renal gland, and pancreas, do what they do. It’s all good... until it’s not.

For example, ongoing stress can do a real number on people and most of the

time we don’t see it coming. We get a headache, some neck pain, or back pain and

keep going. But when problems persist, it’s a good policy to begin paying atten-

tion. Stress can elevate blood pressure, depress the immune system, cause a person

to become more susceptible to infections, and cause significant problems with the

gastrointestinal system. Serious problems associated with long-term stress include type 2 diabetes, heart attack,

stroke, and various types of cancer. Overall, stress directly impacts and interferes with the daily functioning of

all of our body’s systems.

It is well known that stress in-

creases around the holidays. Buy-

ing presents, cleaning, cooking,

and worrisome memories of what

happened during past holidays all

serve to ramp up one’s levels of

anxiety and stress. The biggest

missing ingredient in our holiday

rush is a sense of self. We lose

sight of ourselves in the maelstrom

of events and become a reactive

automaton, of sorts. Go here, go

there, buy this, buy that, do this

or that chore around the house,

and finally go to bed, only to get

up early the next morning and start

the whole merry-go-round again.

All without taking the time to pause and locate ourselves in who we really are and what’s really of value to us

and our loved ones.

The good news is that there is a better way. We are the ones who get to say how our day is going to go.

It is critically important to stop and take a few deep breaths, to find our center, to reconnect with our inner

self, to regain the meaning and purpose of our lives.

An easy way to return to one’s center is to engage in a practice of daily meditation. Firstly, you don’t need

any equipment to practice meditation, other than a comfortable cushion or chair. All you do is close your eyes

and concentrate on breathing, imagining your breath going up your spine in the back and down your spine in

the front. That’s all there is to it. Count your first cycle of breathing up to ten, then start back over at one. If

you notice your thoughts wandering, try restarting your count back at one. The benefit is in the practice itself.

By concentrating on your breathing, you regain mastery over your continual train of thought. You are placing

yourself, that is, your inner self, back in control, instead of being overwhelmed by random thoughts regarding

what you think you “need” to do.

One of the outcomes of such a meditation practice

is reduced stress and enhanced wellness and well-be-

ing. The holidays are transformed into a time of good

fellowship and loving family interactions. Regular

chiropractic care provides wonderful assistance to

all of us as we engage in the process of re-centering.

By restoring balance to our nerve system and opti-

mizing our spinal biomechanics, regular chiropractic

care supports our present and future health and well-

ness, throughout the holiday season and throughout

the year.

This information should not be substituted for

medical or chiropractic advice. Any and all health

care concerns, decisions, and actions must be done

through the advice and counsel of a health care pro-

fessional who is familiar with your updated medical

history.

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Dr.Marc F.Wilkerson