Creating an Air of Calm
Many people meditate, either by setting aside time specifically to tune out the noise of everyday life or in a less constructive way— without thought.
“People have described meditation as the process of contemplation or concentration,” says sleep specialist Jose Colon, M.D. “There are several forms of meditation, from mindfulness to yoga, to even prayer.”
Meditation commonly elicits a relaxation response which was described by Harvard physician Herbert Benson M.D. Guided meditation is the process of a person guiding an activity that elicits the relaxation response from people who want to focus their energy on letting go of everyday stressors.
Benefits of meditation and mindfulness practice include:
- Decrease in blood pressure
- Improved concentration
- Reduction of anxiety
- Decrease in inflammation noted in autoimmune disorders, such as psoriasis
“Group meditation, in my opinion, can be more powerful than individual meditation,” Dr. Colon says. “We all have an electromagnetic field as monitored by EKGs and other measures. Our electromagnetic field affects that of others. We have all felt anxious around people who look anxious. And likewise, when around a person who meditates regularly, there is an air of calm.”
Dr. Colon says he understands why some people may have reservations about group meditation. “I have seen those fears quickly dissipate as everyone realizes that we are all together, without judgment, working toward a common goal of mental and physical wellness. Everyone is a good candidate and can benefit from meditation.”
Join Dr. Colon for Guided Meditation
- 2-2:30 p.m., March 3, 2017
- Healthy Life Center at Coconut Point
- R.S.V.P. 239-495-447
- Jose Colon, M.D.
- Sleep Medicine
- Lee Physician Group
- 13601 Plantation Road
- Suite 3
- Fort Myers, FL 33912
Tags: meditation, mind-body, sleep medicine, neurosciences