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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Mindfulness: Mindfulness meditation for even 10-15 min/day can help you feel calmer and more focused in your life.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Unrelieved: Unrelieved stress leads to anxiety; exercise, yoga, tai chi, meditation can help relieve stress.
Dr. Grant Linnell
Radiology 24 years experience
Meditation.: Meditation. Find 15 minutes a day to yourself and teach yourself how to be calm and still.
Dr. Paxton Daniel
Radiology 39 years experience
Avoid: Avoid stimulants like caffeine and nicotine. Get lots of sleep and try transcendental meditation!
Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
Psychiatry 39 years experience
Expressing: Expressing your concerns (journaling, psychotherapy), meditation, physical exercise, time in nature.
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Relaxation,: Relaxation, meditation, or yoga is the best way to let go of the troubles in your life.
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Some: Some people believe it's hard to learn and do.
Dr. David Scheiderer
Psychiatry 36 years experience
Did: Did you know that meditation rewires brain centers associated with attention, mood, and cognition?
Dr. David Scheiderer
Psychiatry 36 years experience
I: I recommend 60 second mini-meditations every hour on the hour while awake to help control stress.
Dr. Devang Patel
Family Medicine 16 years experience
Check: Check out the "art of living". They hold classes in every major city around the world. Simple to do.
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 36 years experience
Meditation: Meditation of any type is an excellent way to relieve stress.
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 years experience
Myth:: Myth: all meditation is spiritual, and one must adopt new religious beliefs in order to practice it.
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Good: Good old fashion prayer gives the same benefits as meditation! both are valuable for mind and body!
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Lowers: Lowers blood pressure, relieves anxiety, improves sleep habits and is an excellent way to relax.
Dr. Douglas Tavenner, jr.
Cosmetic Dentistry 50 years experience
Understanding: Understanding yourself is the foundation for moving in a positive direction in life.
Dr. Manish Varma
Palliative Care 9 years experience
Walking: Walking meditation is just as effective as sitting meditation and may be suitable for you.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 27 years experience
Sustained: Sustained meditation leads to neuroplasticity.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 27 years experience
It: It can protect your telomeres, may prevent effects of aging.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 27 years experience
Its: It's pain relieving properties beat morphine.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Meditation: Meditation can reduce pain intensity by 40% and unpleasantness by 57%. Compare to morphine @ 25%.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Famous: Famous meditators include abraham lincoln, thomas edison, benjamin franklin -- ; paul mccartney!
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
With: With meditation, women with severe pms had a 57% reduction in physical and psychological symptoms.
Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
That: Meditation is really a non-stressful focus of attention and non-judgmental observation.
Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
Paradox.: Paradox. You look unaware of your surroundings, but you are actually acutely aware of them.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
People: People who meditate regularly show an ability to not get "stuck" on any particular stimulus.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
The: The brain cortexes of people who meditate 40 minutes a day are thicker, and age more slowly.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Compared: Compared to those who sleep or watch tv, meditators show 10% better alertness & reaction time.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Studies: Studies show that meditation programs can help hypertensive people lower their blood pressure.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Meditation: Meditation can help preserve your telomeres -- the protective ends of your chromosomes.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
A: A study showed that meditation reduced pain intensity and unpleasantness even more than morphine.
Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
Pain Management 29 years experience
Nothing: Nothing so tranquil as sailing along on a quiet lake at sun set.
Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
Podiatry 38 years experience
Time: 20 minutes in many studies is enough time.
Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
Podiatry 38 years experience
There are many: Many forms of meditation and one is not really better than the other. Find what feels best for you.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Meditation: Meditation can reduce respiratory rate, heart rate, and blood pressure.
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 29 years experience
Simply: Simply calming your mind and turning off its chatter can change your mood.
Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
Podiatry 38 years experience
It's all: Myth: all meditation techniques produce the same calming effects.
Dr. Harold Peltan
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Lunch: Lunch time meditation can make you more productive in the afternoon.
Dr. Harold Peltan
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Exercise: Exercise can help relieve stress when you have been unable to have your session of meditation.
Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
Pain Management 29 years experience
Meditation: Meditation has benefits throughout life. You are never too old or young to start.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
There: There are 2 ways of spreading light; to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. Edith wharton.
Dr. Scott Bobbitt
Dentistry 32 years experience
Every: Every medicine is a poison to something in your body. There is no perfectly safe drug. Use with care.
Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Meditation: Meditation improves both our emotional and our physical health.
Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Meditation: Meditation strengthens both body and mind as well as spirit through effects on the stress chemicals.
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Thankfully: Thankfully there are not as many types of meditations as there are religions and denominations.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
The: The mind is like an iceberg; it floats with one-seventh of its bulk above water. --sigmund freud.
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Enjoy: Enjoy listening to your favorite music as you reflect on something positive in your life.
Dr. Alan Mease
Pediatrics 48 years experience
There: There is a lot of scientific evidence showing that focused attention reshapes the brain.
Dr. Alan Mease
Pediatrics 48 years experience
JAMA: Jama (09) published a study showing that mindfulness relieves burnout ; increases empathy in doctors.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Gratitude: Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others. --cicero.
Dr. Lori Wagner
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Meditation: Meditation is healthy. Shown to decrease psychiatric and chronic disease symptoms.
Dr. Bettina Herbert
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 20 years experience
Ignore: Thirty min. Meditation daily will change your brain! shows up on MRI after only 3 months.
Dr. Bettina Herbert
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 20 years experience
Ignore: L theanine (from tea) can help calm you down. Be careful if taking with blood pressure meds.
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Ignore: Meditation can lower your heart rate.
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Certain: Certain types of meditation have been shown to slo moderate cognitive decline in recent studies.
Dr. Lisa Hogan
General Surgery 35 years experience
Ignore: Binaural beat auditory technology provides an instant meditative state; biofeedback decreases stress.
Dr. Gary-Anthony Lawson-Boucher
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
Ignore: Meditation lowers blood pressure.
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Ignore: It's a myth that only monks can meditate and the average person can't.
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Ignore: Meditation isn't hard, it could start with just two minutes a day.
Dr. Aurea Tomeski
Internal Medicine 60 years experience
Ignore: Seize the moment. Look at the whole creation. Feel The grass with your bare feet, smell the lilac.
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Everyone benefits: Meditation is one of the best things anyone can do to maintain/improve physical & mental health. It's free & easy. I advise everyone meditate at least a few minutes every day.The key is slow deep breathing while focusing on a phrase or image. Inevitably other thoughts will pop into our minds; this does not mean you are doing it wrong! Refocus on breathing/sound/image.Skills improve with practice.
Dr. Karen Dantin
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Ignore: Studies show can improve some health conditions.
Dr. Liesa Harte
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Ignore: There are so many ways to meditate. Explore them to find a way that's easy for you, and just do that.
Dr. Lisa Robbins
Holistic Medicine 30 years experience
Ignore: Meditation helps to create and maintain mental focus.
Dr. Aveshen Govender
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Ignore: Meditation has been proven to improve self awareness and well being.

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