Nothing can be more valuable to one’s health than regular meditation. To meditate regularly means at least 20 minutes of quiet practice two times a day. I have been meditating regularly for over 43 years. I can attest to its profound impact on one’s life. I attribute all the success I have had in my life to my meditation practice. Most people think they do not have time for it, but I know this to be a false judgment. I owned and operated my own television station. I started three oil brokerage businesses in Texas and I now own one of the largest Chinese Medical clinics in the United States. Through these 30+ years of business activities I have never missed a day of meditation. If I can meditate every day, than anyone can find the time to meditate.
In my opinion almost all disease is the result of fatigue held in the body for a long period of time. Sleeping alone is not a sufficient enough rest to eliminate the deep-rooted stress and tiredness that accumulates over time from the arduous activity known as life. Meditation, done properly, can produce a profound state of rest in the body, a rest that is much more profound than the rest experienced in deep sleep. At the deepest point of deep sleep the metabolic rate drops about 8%. During deep meditation the metabolic rate drops 28% on average. This finding was discovered in a scientific research project in 1974 by a French Scientist, Dr. Jean Paul Banquet. Dr. Banquet tested the drop in metabolic rate in deep meditation on a group of meditators under laboratory conditions. I was one of those meditators. During a twenty-minute period, my metabolic rate, as measured by oxygen consumption, dropped an astounding 28 to 30% in one meditation session.
Meditation, done properly, can produce a profound state of rest in the body, a rest that is much more profound than the rest experienced in deep sleep.
In other words, during meditation, it is possible to receive 3 times the intensity of rest than one would experience even at the deepest point of deep sleep. What happens when the body experiences such a profound state of rest? The deep-rooted fatigue, stress, and damage done to the body over time finally have a chance to be expunged from the system. It is during deep rest that the body rejuvenates itself. When you meditate deeply, the rejuvenation is profound!
Many of my patients have asked me over the years how I can work non-stop 13 hours a day, with no breaks. The answer is two things. First, regular meditation and second, Chinese Herbal Medicine. Meditation, done properly, can confer an extraordinary level of vitality in a human being.
There are a number of forms of the practice. However, the contemplative type, i.e. thinking nice thoughts, produces the least dramatic effect. The most profound forms are found deep inside the Christian monastic faith. This type of prayer is called the Jesus Prayer or the Internal Prayer of the Heart. This technique produces extraordinary results. The best description of this style of meditation can be found by reading the book, “The Way of the Pilgrim”. For those of the Christian faith this book will be enormously inspiring and will introduce one to the joys of deep meditating.
If someone is not of the Christian faith but wants to experience the wondrous health benefits of deep meditation I invite them to learn and practice Transcendental Meditation. This technique definitely works and has helped millions of people. Another form of deep meditation is from the Buddhist tradition. It is a breathing technique and is called Vipassana. This method produces a deep sense of inner peace and calm, and I highly recommend it.
Please consider practicing meditation. It will be one of the most rewarding activities in your life and it will create a level of health you never thought possible.