Our 45th joint peace meditation has now taken place. Let us continue to connect our circle and feel connectedness that is possible without physically coming together. We are held by wonderful wisdom beings whose joy it is to support us.
I can’t stress enough how much weekly peace meditation improves our well-being. I would like to tell you that again at this point, because we are often not aware of it.
First, meditation helps relieve stress. A Harvard Medical School study showed that eight weeks of regular meditation can help reduce stress hormones in the body and decrease the physical response to stress. This means that you are less stressed when you meditate.
Second, meditation can also reduce anxiety. A meta-analysis of 47 studies has shown that meditation can be effective in helping to relieve anxiety symptoms. This means that you will feel calmer and more serene if you meditate regularly.
Finally, meditation can also help you feel happier. A study by the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences has shown that meditation can help increase positive emotions and reduce negative emotions. This means that you can feel happier and more content overall when you meditate.
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