New book - Soul-Centered: Transform Your Life in 8 Weeks with Meditation by leading meditation expert Sarah McLean
We all know meditation is good for us, but did you know it can actually help you to look and feel younger?
In fact meditation is scientifically proven to slow down the aging process; according to researchers at the University of California-Davis, meditators show improved psychological wellbeing, and these improvements lead to biochemical changes associated with resistance to aging at the cellular level. Another study on aging and meditation conducted by researchers at Harvard revealed that meditation creates flexibility in the brain (known as neuroplasticity), normalises hormones (even increasing DHEA which is considered a youth hormone), increases memory, and normalises blood pressure. All markers of youthfulness!
In her groundbreaking new book Soul-Centered: Transform Your Life in 8 Weeks with Meditation, meditation expert Sarah McLean reveals the simple practices she has used with thousands of students over the last twenty years, to help them look and feel younger. She offers simple, secular techniques to help anyone adopt a regular meditation practice, including her five essentials of meditation:
1. It's okay to have thoughts
2. Don't try too hard
3. Let go of expectations
4. Be kind to yourself
5. Stick with it
The eight week plan is designed to be accessible and enjoyable for novices and experts alike. Inspiring stories from Sarah's own experience and from the students she's taught further enrich the text. Her approach is grounded in leading-edge brain research that shows meditating for 27 minutes a day over 8 weeks can make a huge difference by altering the grey matter in areas of the brain that govern learning, memory, empathy and stress.
Sarah has worked with some of the most renowned mind-body experts of our time including Deepak Chopra, Debbie Ford, Byron Katie and Gary Zukav. As the founding director of the Sedona Meditation Training Company, Sarah has taught judges, physicians, celebrities, mums, and everyone in between the benefits of mediation. She was the founding program director of Deepak Chopra's mind-body health center and was among the first to be certified to teach meditation by Dr Chopra. She has also served as a stress-reduction expert to prominent organisations such as Procter & Gamble. Find out more about her work at: www.sedonameditation.com
‘Soul-Centred is entertaining, informative and inspiring for even the most experienced meditator.’ DEEPAK CHOPRA
Soul-Centred: Transform Your Life in 8 Weeks with Meditation
By Sarah McLean
Published 7th May 2012, £12.99 paperback, also available as an e-Book