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Meditation Decreases Blood Pressure by Center for the Advancement of Health, August 2, 1999
Transcendental Meditation decreases blood pressure by reducing constriction of the blood vessels and thereby decreases the risk of heart disease, new research shows.

Opening up to happiness by Mark Epstein, Psychology Today Magazine
Gives the reasons why happiness for some, is unattainable. Mistake in wiping out sources of displeasure; Causes of unhappiness; Importance of happiness to an individual.

I approached her dilemma not just as a psychotherapist, but as a longtime Buddhist. For Buddhism holds the promise of more than just common unhappiness in life; it sees the pursuit of happiness as our life goal and teaches techniques of mental development to achieve it. To the Dalai Lama, "the purpose of life is to be happy." He wrote those very words in the foreword to my new book Thoughts Without a Thinker: Psychotherapy From a Buddhist Perspective (Basic Books, 1995).
The Effects of Vipassana Meditation and Other Rehabilitation Programs by G. Alan Marlatt, Principle Investigator Mary Larimer, Arthur Blume, and Tracy Simpson, Co- Principle Investigators
The specific aims of the proposed research are to evaluate the efficacy of Vipassana meditation as a correctional intervention (a) to reduce alcohol and other drug use, and its concomitant problems, (b) to reduce recidivism, and (c) to enhance the opportunity for a more balanced lifestyle, including increased self-awareness, self-efficacy, and hopefulness. Vipassana means "“to see clearly” and is a non-sectarian practice.

Samatha Meditation by Venerable Ajahn Brahmavamso
Samatha meditation is about calming the mind down, calming the bodily activities, calming the speech and calming the activities of the mind. It's quite interesting to notice that when one faces a retreat situation one looks for activity: sitting in meditation one looks for things to do, for things to occupy the mind, rather than just being peaceful and quiet.

Through meditation, lower blood pressure by Rebecca Vesely, STAFF WRITER, www.insidebayarea.com
Just 20 minutes of meditation twice a day significantly lowered blood pressure in African Americans living in West Oakland, according to a study published today in the American Journal of Hypertension.

The yearlong study of patients at West Oakland Health Center pitted three stress-reducing methods against one another to see which was most effective in lowering hypertension rates.
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