Meditation can reduce health care costs

Rick Nauert: Stress can contribute to a wide array of health problems, and finding ways to reduce stress could presumably impact overall health care costs as well. A new study suggests that meditation can do just that.

According to the research, people with consistently high health care costs experienced a 28 percent cumulative decrease in physician fees after an average of five years practicing the stress-reducing Transcendental Meditation technique compared with their baseline.

The study is published in the September/October 2011 issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Experts have recognized that in most populations, a small fraction of…

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  • I have only started meditating, and as I understand, even if you hold the intention to meditate, it is good for you — even if it’s for two minutes. Oftentimes, it’s very hard for us to quiet our minds. I usually sit there, if it’s a group meditation, with my mind going 90 miles an hour. But even this is a great exercise in mindfulness and recognizing how quickly our mind jumps from subject to subject. I am all about “sound mind, sound body”. I wonder if anyone else has had similar experiences. Anyone else have trouble focusing for longer than 5 minutes? How have you overcome it if you can meditate for much longer?


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