Sunday, October 27, 2013

Reasons to Meditate - for New Moms

It may seem like a strange thing to do, to just sit and do basically nothing.
Yet, this doing nothing has strong impact on your effectiveness and decision making throughout the day.

Buddhist meditators suggest, that it is a well known fact that the human experience is a roller-coaster ride. To be able to manage and balance the way we perceive ourselves and our own experience is a skill which needs to be trained into most people.

This skill of managing your own experience is particularly useful for new mothers. Recent studies suggest that a calm mother produces more breast milk, is a better judge of her own behavioral choices, and a more generous lover to her partner.

Meditation is not just about feeling good, although the result of relaxed being is an increased production of oxytocin, endorphins and establishment of generally elevated mood. Meditative experiences 
1. largely eliminate post-partum depression, 
2. compulsive behaviors of overeating, drinking or emotional roller-coasters, and 
3. introduce better judgement toward yourself and others, generosity of spirit, and consequently, 
4. better quality and quantity of breastmilk, and as a result,
5. healthier and stronger, more resilient babies.

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