Originally published in 1975, this is an old-school classic on the science of meditation.
, MD, has been a Professor at Harvard Medical School and a leading figure in the mind/body movement for decades.
Benson was the first to scientifically establish the significant positive effects of meditation. Only, he’s an awesome, conservative academic committed to bringing the benefits of meditation to the masses without all the woo woo so he doesn’t call it meditation.
He calls it inducing “the Relaxation Response” which proves to be a super powerful way to counter the toxic effects of chronic stress that comes from living in “fight-or-flight” mode too much of the time.
We also have a Note on his more recent book in which he explores the epigenetic effects of meditation and other goodness. (Unless you deliberately want to go old school, I’d recommend the newer Relaxation Revolution rather than this as it’s a more up-to-date look at what’s up!)
For now, let’s jump in and explore a handful of my favorite Big Ideas!
We’ll start with juxtaposing the fight-or-flight response with the relaxation response.
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