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Wellness - Be Calm

Meditation is widely recognized for its wellness benefits. See the last section (the beach picture) of this article for free resources available on this website.

Here are some key points about meditation:

1. Stress and Anxiety Reduction: Meditation can reduce stress and anxiety levels². It can decrease the levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which can have harmful effects such as disrupting sleep, promoting depression and anxiety, increasing blood pressure, and contributing to fatigue and cloudy thinking¹².

2. Mental Health Improvement: Meditation can help manage insomnia, depression, and anxiety⁴. It can also enhance your mood, promote healthy sleep patterns, and boost cognitive skills².

3. Physical Health Benefits: Meditation can reduce inflammation, support the immune system, control the brain’s response to pain, and even improve sleep³. It can also help manage symptoms of stress-related conditions, including irritable bowel syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder, and fibromyalgia².

4. Cognitive Benefits: Some research suggests that meditation can increase the ability to process information and slow the cognitive effects of aging³.

Remember, while meditation can be beneficial, it's always a good idea to consult with a healthcare provider before starting any new wellness practices.

(1) 12 Science-Based Benefits of Meditation - Healthline.

(4) Meditation to Boost Health and Well-Being - American Heart Association.

(5) Benefits of meditation: Mental health, physical health, illness & more.

(6) Meditation for Your Health - Harvard Health.

The website offers free, no strings attached tools for meditation and calm. Nothing to buy, no distractions, and no exercise required. You can sit or stretch out on a pillow, a bed, a chair, the floor, the sofa.

The Calm page includes 8 audio meditations with a gentle voice as your guide.

  • Breathing Meditation

  • Breath-Sound-Body Meditation

  • Complete Meditation

  • Meditation for Working

  • Loving-Kindness Meditation

  • Body Scan for Sleep

  • Body Scan Meditation

  • Body Sound Meditation

There is a link to UCLA's MARC. Every Monday and Thursday at 12:30pm, MARC (Mindful Awareness Research Center) holds a free, drop-in, 30-minute guided meditation session. You can download the UCLA Mindful App from their page. Sessions are led by Diana Winston, Director of Mindfulness Education at MARC, Marvin G. Belzer, Allyson Pimentel, and by other guest leaders.

There is a link to YouTube for the 741 Hz Frequency: Healing Binaural Beats for Regeneration. It's on YouTube so it may or may not start with a short advertisement, but after that the beats continue for an hour. Choose the Weightless link.

Go to the Yin Yang Symbol on the Calm page to return to the BCalmBzen homepage and click on the Chakra tab to open the Chakra page. The picture on the left is a link to information about Chakra stones. The picture on the right opens a 30 minute Chakra Singing Bowl meditation.

The Zen tab on this site also has a 40 minute video of the ocean and a link for meditation sounds on the top left side. The video has only ocean sounds or you can play the meditation music at the same time, whatever works best for your mood.

I wish you a calm and pleasant day.

Information in this post is current as of April, 2024 and is subject to changes and updates over time.


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