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Can Meditation Stop You from Looking Older Than You Are?
Posted By Barbara Hannah Grufferman On May 8, 2014 @ 11:14 am In Be Your Best | Comments Disabled
How many of these stressors  have you encountered this week?:
* Work obligations
* A family member in need 
* Bank-account angst
* Any front-page headline!
Now, how did you react to those forces? Did you succumb to the stress, letting it do its dirty work on body, face and soul? Or did you consider a different path altogether?
A new study shows that a simple technique for calming your mind – anytime, anywhere – can alter the structure of your genes , conferring key health benefits. 
The technique, “mindfulness meditation,” is designed to make you forget both the past and the future – even if for just a few minutes – and focus on the here and now.
Recent research on mindfulness meditation explores how it can help alleviate depression, anxiety , high blood pressure and more. Corporate honchos, government leaders and celebs have all climbed aboard the meditation bandwagon, but don’t let that stop you from trying it, too!
Can meditation turn back the clock? You’ll have to answer that once you try it, but I can cite three ways in which the practice promises to make your skin look better:
You needn’t twist yourself into a pretzel, say “Om” or go anywhere near a pair of yoga pants to reap the benefits of meditation. (You should, however, be prepared to pursue it every day; there’s a reason meditation is called a “practice.”) So the next time you’re feeling stressed at the office, sit right down in your chair, close your eyes, take a deep breath and do it.
Unsure how to get started? Check out this short video, part of AARP’s “Best of Everything After 50″ YouTube series:
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Photo credit: Wisdom Times 
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