Integrating The Relaxation Response

Millennia before Harvard University’s Dr. Herbert Benson documented the health benefits of the relaxation response in humans, Eastern and Western religions quietly espoused mindful reflection, contemplative meditation and repetitive prayer. Many of these religious traditions shared the practices of abdominal breathing and centered thought. Dr. Benson’s secular and scientific measurements suggested that a couple of 15-minute sessions of deliberately quieting the mind and body each day can dramatically lower hypertension, a leading cause of arteriosclerosis and death. More recently, organized …


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