How Meditation Benefits Your Body and Mind

By Dr. Mercola

There is growing evidence to show that your mind and body are intricately connected, and that your mind has a direct impact on your physical health. Brain imaging technology suggests meditation alters your brain in a number of beneficial ways, and studies show meditative practices even alter your genetic expression.1,2,3

Indeed, thousands of genes have been identified that appear to be directly influenced by your subjective mental state. Examples of genetic effects resulting from meditative practices include the down-regulation of genes associated with the pathway responsible for protein breakdown and cellular stress response genes. Expression of certain heat shock proteins is increased, and immune function is amped up through a variety of genetic changes.

One study4 investigating genetic changes triggered by the relaxation response determined that meditative or mindfulness practices affect no less than 2,209 different genes, and it didn’t really matter which relaxation response technique was used. Findings such as these prove you cannot separate your health from your emotional well-being, and if you want to prevent chronic illness, you’d be wise to incorporate this knowledge.

Meditation Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

For example, a number of studies have demonstrated that a persistent negative state of mind is a risk factor for heart disease. Conversely, happiness, optimism, life satisfaction and other positive psychological states are associated with a lower risk of heart disease.5 While some people seem born with a sunnier disposition than others, meditation has been shown to improve mood regulation and boost optimism. Meditative practices have also been shown to lower your:

  • Heart rate
  • Blood pressure
  • Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol level
  • Cortisol level

Such findings are consistent with a down-regulation of your hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and the sympathetic nervous system, both of which are over-activated by stress. Stress is also a well-known risk factor for heart disease, making meditation all the more important.

Meditation Guidelines Issued as Adjunctive Intervention for Heart Disease

While the mind-body connection has long been overlooked by conventional medicine, the American Heart Association recently issued its first guidelines on seated meditation,6 suggesting it can be a valuable adjunctive intervention in combination with other recommended lifestyle and medical treatments.7

Dr. James Stahl, a researcher at the Geisel Medical School at Dartmouth College and at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, told Reuters that “[s]ome patients may even be able to try meditation along with diet and lifestyle changes before they move on to drugs.” Common forms of seated meditation suggested in the guidelines include:

Shamatha (focused attention technique)

Vipassana (insight meditation; an “open monitoring” technique that encourages a broader awareness of your environment or train of thought, allowing feelings you might normally suppress to rise to the surface)

Mindful meditation

Zazen (Zen meditation)

Raja yoga

Metta (loving-kindness meditation)

Transcendental meditation

Relaxation response practice

Other Health Benefits (and Cost Savings) of Meditation

Stress-related problems, including back pain, insomniaacid reflux and exacerbations to irritable bowel syndrome account for as much as 70 percent of the average U.S. physician’s caseload.8 Research9 suggests medical costs for these kinds of issues could be drastically reduced simply by practicing meditation and other relaxation techniques. To reach this conclusion, the researchers analyzed data from more than 4,400 people who received eight weeks of relaxation-response training.

For about three hours a week, participants focused on relaxation using techniques like meditation, yoga and stress reduction exercises. They also worked on building resiliency using social support, cognitive skills training and positive psychology. After the program, the participants’ use of medical services dropped by 43 percent compared to their usage the previous year.

The researchers estimated such as change could save the average patient between $640 and $25,500 a year. Specifically, the relaxation group reduced their clinical visits by 42 percent, their lab use by 44 percent and their use of procedures by 21 percent. Visits to the emergency room were also reduced, from 3.7 times per patient in the previous year to 1.7 a year after the program. Aside from reducing stress and related health problems, including protecting your heart health, meditation has also been shown to:10,11,12,13,14

Promote emotional health and increase feelings of happiness

Help you lose or maintain weight

Reduce anxiety15 and depression

Improve concentration, attention, self-awareness, memory, processing speed and creativity

Increase your immune response and improve immune function

Slow down brain deterioration and counteract age-related loss of brain volume16,17

Reduce pain

Improve sleep quality

Increase kindness and compassion

Reduce inflammation

Meditation More Effective Than Caffeine and Napping


In this Talks at Google segment, meditation expert Emily Fletcher18 explains the differences between two popular styles of meditation, and how they affect your brain. She also discusses the similarities between meditation and caffeine. Both have the effect of energizing you and boosting your productivity, but meditation accomplishes this without any adverse effects. As explained by Fletcher, caffeine is similar to the chemical adenosine, which is produced by your brain throughout the day.

Adenosine makes you sleepy, and caffeine effectively blocks the adenosine receptors in your brain, thereby disallowing your brain from recognizing how tired it is. Caffeine also stimulates neural activity in your brain that triggers the release adrenaline, a stress chemical involved in the fight-or-flight state. Remaining in a chronic state of fight-or-flight (whether caused by caffeine or actual stress) can lead to any number of stress-related disorders.

Meditation, on the other hand, energizes you and makes you more productive without triggering an adrenaline rush. The reason for this is because meditation de-excites your nervous system rather than exciting it further. This makes it more orderly, thereby making it easier for your system to release pent-up stress. It also makes you more productive.

She notes that many are now starting to recognize meditation as a powerful productivity tool. Contrary to popular belief, taking the time to meditate can actually help you gain more time through boosted productivity than what you put into it.19 According to Fletcher, meditating for just 20 minutes equates to taking a 1.5-hour nap, and provides your body with rest that is two to five times deeper than sleep. This is why even a short period of meditation each day can help you feel more refreshed and awake.

Meditation More Beneficial Than Vacation, Study Shows

According to Dr. Monique Tello, contributing editor at Harvard Health Publishing, having a regular meditation practice is also more beneficial than taking regular vacations.20 That’s the conclusion reached by a study comparing the mental and physical health outcomes of a one-week yoga retreat with daily meditation versus a regular vacation. A total of 91 non-pregnant healthy women without history of hormone or antidepressant use were enrolled. The volunteers were divided into three groups of about 30 people per group:

  1. Mindfulness intervention for experienced meditators, consisting of 12 hours of meditation, nine hours of yoga, plus other “self-reflective exercises” throughout the week
  2. Mindfulness intervention for novices who had never meditated before (same schedule as the first group)
  3. Regular vacation, which consisted of listening to health lectures followed by fun outdoor activities throughout the week

After one week, all three groups scored statistically lower for stress and depression, suggesting both meditation and regular vacation helped boost mood and ease stress. The really interesting part of this study emerged during follow-up, 10 months later. As reported by Tello:21

“[T]he regular meditators still showed significant improvements on these scores, the novice meditators even more so. However, the vacationers were back to baseline. The researchers had ensured that all three groups were equal in average age, education level, employment status, and body mass index. This finding is in keeping with prior research showing that vacation has beneficial but very temporary effects, and that mindfulness therapies have sustained beneficial effects …

All three groups showed significant positive changes in the markers of immune function. However, regular meditators also showed additional, more interesting changes. I got in touch with study author Eric Schadt, Ph.D., director of the Icahn Institute at Mount Sinai, who offered this interpretation of the data:

‘Regular meditators showed both the same types of ‘improvements’ at the molecular level as the others, but on top of that exhibited changes that were also associated with some aging/disease processes that also correlated with biomarkers of aging in a favorable direction. I think there is some suggestion there of improved healthy aging …’”

What Happens in Your Brain During Meditation?

While there are many variations, meditation typically involves focusing on your breath to the exclusion of everything else. Whenever your attention wanders, you gently bring it back to your breathing. As noted by Forbes,22 “Through meditation, we get better acquainted with the behavior of our minds, and we enhance our ability to regulate our experience of our environment, rather than letting our environment dictate how we experience life.”

As mentioned, the activity of relaxed focus actually rewires your brain in ways that improve and support physical health. In the short term, effects of meditation include inhibiting inflammation, stress reduction, lowering blood pressure and enhancing attention.

Long-term benefits reaped with consistent practice over time include increased gray matter in brain regions related to memory and emotional processing, increased empathy and kindness and greater emotional resilience, which lowers your chances of getting overwhelmed and sick when stress hits. Different types of meditation produce different brain changes though.

How Different Types of Meditation Affect Your Brain

Here’s a summary of some of the neuroplastic changes induced by three popular sitting meditation practices:23

Transcendental meditation causes your brain to switch into primarily alpha frequency, corresponding to a relaxed yet aware state akin to daydreaming. As the left and right hemisphere of your brain enter into coherence, endorphin production increases, inducing a sense of happiness and bliss. Over time, this kind of meditation expands your sense of self beyond bodily limitations, resulting in a more integrated personality.

Mindful meditation24 and shamatha, focused attention techniques in which you concentrate on your breath or a single object, thought, mantra, sound or visualization, activate the executive mode of your brain. The idea behind mindfulness is to remain in the present moment by focusing your attention in the now. The brainwave frequency here typically responds to the gamma range.

Long-term, this type of meditation tends to enlarge your hippocampus, which is where your memories are stored, while shrinking the amygdala, the emotional center and the site of your fight-or-flight instinct. This is in part why mindfulness training tends to be helpful for depression and anxiety, as it helps improve the regulation of emotions.

Transcendental meditation or self-induced transcendence (which is the topic of discussion in Fletcher’s Talks at Google segment above) is a non-directed style of meditation in which you access a fourth state of consciousness that is different from waking, sleeping and dreaming. Transcendence style meditation strengthens your corpus callosum, the bridge between your two brain hemispheres.

Your left brain is in charge of the past and the future, language, math and critical thought, while your right brain is in charge of “right now,” intuition, inspiration, connectedness, creativity and problem-solving. By strengthening the connection between your right and left hemispheres, you gain access to more creative problem-solving and increase your productivity without adding stress.

Beginner’s Guide to Meditation

While it’s not unusual for the most experienced meditators to have spent decades, even a lifetime, perfecting the art of meditation, you can gain benefits just from meditating in your home for 20 minutes a day. If you’d like to give meditation a try, there are many classes and group sessions available if you want a structured group setting, and free guided meditation apps you can use on your own wherever you are.

Two helpful resources include UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center,25 where you can download free guided meditations in English and Spanish, and Head in the Clouds,26 a blog dedicated to exploring life with attention deficit disorder. The following suggestions can also help you get started:

1. Set aside 20 to 30 minutes to meditate each day. Choose a quiet place where you can sit comfortably without being disturbed or interrupted. Simply close your eyes and focus on your breath, either entering and exiting your nose, or raising and lowering your belly. You don’t need to control your mind or breathe in any unnatural way. When thoughts arise — and they will — simply let them pass through without judgment and return your attention to the breath.

2. As you meditate, you will notice thoughts, sensations and sounds. The next step is to take note of the presence or “witness” that is doing the actual noticing. You’ll find that this presence cannot be pinned down to any particular place inside you. As you continue, simply abide in this presence and be the witness.

In the book, “The Untethered Soul, the Journey Beyond Yourself,”27 Michael Singer asserts that happiness and freedom are the result of cultivating “witness consciousness,” a state of willfully observing your mind, emotions and behaviors, rather than feeling that you actually are these things.

3. The more you meditate, the easier it will become to quickly enter into a state of calm and relaxed yet focused awareness. It will also become easier to remain in meditation for longer periods of time. The after-effects will also last longer the more you meditate, allowing you to go through your day in a calmer more focused state.

Discover Why Ashwagandha Can Be Used for Stress and Anxiety

Ashwagandha, also known as winter cherry or Indian ginseng, is a popular herb in Ayurvedic medicine. It literally translates to “odor of horse” because of the distinct smell it emits, which is similar to horse sweat.

Some accounts also say that it was named as such because it gives you the endurance and strength of a horse. In Ayurvedic medicine, ashwagandha herb is classified as “Rasayana,” a type of essence that helps in the healing of the body and the lengthening of life.1

The ashwagandha plant comes from the Solanaceae family, the same as tomatoes and eggplants. It’s a small shrub with distinct red berries and five-petal flowers. However, the most important part of the plant is the root because it’s where the powder used for tonics and tinctures is extracted from.

But what is ashwagandha good or used for? Besides helping your body function better, it can impact your immune system, your ability to deal with stress and your cognitive responses as well.

Ashwagandha’s Many Uses

As an Ayurvedic herb, ashwagandha offers numerous benefits when ingested or used as a medicine. Ashwagandha for children is usually in the form of a tonic, whereas ashwagandha for adults is in supplement or capsule form.

The different parts of the ashwagandha plant have various medicinal purposes. The ashwagandha leaves are used to help treat fever, swelling and opthalmia, or inflammation of the eye. You can also use ashwagandha root to help treat ulcers.

 Other ashwagandha root benefits include acting as a diuretic and as a remedy for constipation and insomnia. Ashwagandha seeds, on the other hand, are used in India to coagulate milk.

Ashwagandha root extract, together with the berries of the plant, is used for the production of tonics and capsules. It can be used to make tea, a refreshing drink and at the same time provide you with countless health uses.2 Ashwagandha can also help treat the following disorders and imbalances:3

? ADHD

? Incontinence

? Diabetes

? Conjunctivitis

? Amenorrhea

? Uterine Fibroids

? Constipation

? Vitiligo

? Parkinson’s Disease

? Impotence

? Arthritis

? Hyperglycemia

How to Use Ashwagandha

Ashwaganda comes in various forms. While there is no standard dose, it is usually recommended that you ingest only 3 to 6 grams of this powder daily. It should also be noted that to get the maximum health benefits that the plant offers, you should make sure to use fresh ashwagandha.

Ideally, you should buy organic ashwagandha to avoid ingesting pesticides and other harmful chemicals used in conventional farming.4

Ashwagandha root powder can be used topically as a poultice to help treat wounds. Mix the powder with water to make a smooth paste, and apply to the wound. It will help fight off bacteria, alleviate pain and speed up the healing process.

You can also use this paste as a skin toner and as a treatment for keratosis. It will help keep your skin healthy and glowing.5
If you want to consume ashwagandha powder to maximize its healing uses, here is a recipe for ashwagandha tea with milk and cardamom.

Ashwagandha Tea With Milk and Cardamom6

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup raw organic milk
  • 1 teaspoon Ashwagandha powder
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 cup water

Procedure:

  1. Boil milk, ashwagandha and honey over low heat.
  2. Wait for it until the mixture is reduced to about 1/2 cup.
  3. Add cardamom and drink while it’s lukewarm. Consume this drink twice daily.

Health Benefits of Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha can help improve your immunity and support your digestive system. Ashwagandha benefits for women include relieving menopausal symptoms, helping solve female infertility and eliminating leucorrhea.7 For men, ashwagandha benefits include increasing fertility and sexual drive, improving testosterone levels, helping with erectile dysfunction and helping increase low sperm count.8 Ashwagandha also:

Helps in cardiovascular health

Ashwagandha helps maintain your heart health through its regulation of blood circulation. It helps prevent blood clots, stabilizes blood sugar and controls the cholesterol levels in your body. It also helps keep blood pressure levels within the normal range, which prevents the stress from burdening your heart.9

Treats insomnia

Ashwagandha helps in treating insomnia because of its naturally relaxing components. It helps the body reduce cortisol (stress hormone) production by as much as 28 percent.10 It also helps the body become more active and may induce sleep at the end of the day.11

Wards off infections

This herb boosts your immune system and allows the body to produce more white blood cells, which filter out viruses and bacteria, preventing infections from occurring.12

Helps maintain your skin’s youthful appearance

Ashwagandha increases your estrogen levels, which in turn triggers the production of collagen. This allows the skin to keep its youthful appearance and helps in the production of natural oils.

It also fights off free radicals that cause wrinkles, dark spots and blemishes,13 and may even help reduce your risk of skin cancer.14

Improves memory and cognitive function

Ashwagandha helps slow down the deterioration of brain cells in patients with dementia. It was found to repair brain cell damage and rebuild neuronal networks and synapses. This herb may also help deal with depression because of its ability to combat mental and emotional stress.15

Try Ashwagandha Oil, Too

Ashwagandha oil is another form of ashwagandha that offers a wide variety of medicinal and practical uses. It’s usually mixed with other essential oils (or diluted in a safe carrier oil) to assist with illnesses and diseases. The following are the benefits of ashwagandha oil:16

  • Combats cancer-causing free radicals. Ashwagandha oil has been credited with having antitumor and antioxidant properties that help in preventing cancer cells from developing. It has also been observed that ashwagandha oil helps in a faster recovery with patients that have undergone chemotherapy.
  • Helps deal with arthritis and rheumatism. The oil deeply penetrates in the skin, allowing the muscles and blood vessels to relax. It also alleviates pain, strengthens the bones and nourishes the tissues.
  • Enhances immunity. It boosts the immune system and helps you fight off infections and viruses more efficiently. The oil itself function like a tonic, and has shown to increase white blood cell count.
  • Fights stress. When the body is stressed, it produces high amounts of cortisol that triggers your fight-or-flight reflex. When you take ashwagandha, it reduces cortisol production, which then minimizes the occurrence of stress.

If using ashwagandha topically, make sure to dilute it in a carrier oil like coconut or almond oil. You should do a skin patch test to see if any allergic reactions occur. Consult your physician before ingesting ashwagandha oil as well.

Do You Want to Plant Ashwagandha?

The ashwagandha plant typically grows in hot and humid climates like India’s where it originates. But it is quite tolerant to dry soil once the plant is established. To grow your own ashwagandha, make sure that you follow these requirements:17

  1. Your soil should be sandy and well-draining. It’s best to plant your seeds in a sunny part of your garden. It is nearly impossible to grow ashwagandha in a waterlogged environment that doesn’t drain.
  2. The plant should not be watered all the time, and should be watered only when it seems “thirsty.”
  3. The ideal growing temperature is between 70 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit. If the temperature is lower, expect the plant to grow at a much slower pace. The ashwagandha plant should be fully grown in about 150 to 180 days.

Is Ashwagandha Safe?

Most people don’t show any negative effects when they consume ashwagandha for a few days. However, it should not be taken for a continuous period of time because studies on the long-term effect of ashwagandha have not yet been done. Therefore, the intake and usage of ashwagandha should be done in moderation.18 If you’re suffering from any health problems, consult with your physician before taking ashwagandha orally.

Side Effects of Ashwagandha and Other Contraindications

Side effects could occur after ingesting ashwagandha, such as diarrhea, stomach upset, nausea and vomiting. Ashwagandha herb side effects also include excessive sedation when taken with a mild sedative.

Ingesting ashwagandha during pregnancy or when breast-feeding should also be avoided because it could have an effect on the unborn or breast-feeding child. It could also cause a miscarriage because studies suggest that when taken in excess, ashwagandha can cause spasmolytic activity in the uterus, which can result in a premature birth.19

Like other herbs and spices, ashwagandha offers a broad variety of benefits and uses. But it should always be used in moderation. Remember, everything in excess, even something as health-giving as ashwagandha, may have negative effects on your body, which is totally against your initial goal.

Go Ahead and Cry

By Dr. Mercola

When you’re feeling stressed, angry or anxious, having a good cry can leave you feeling inexplicably better. It’s as though shedding tears acts as a physical release for your negative emotions. On average, U.S. women cry 3.5 times a month compared to men’s 1.9 times.1 This refers only to “emotional” tears, a phenomenon that’s said to occur only in humans (but may also occur in elephants and gorillas).2

Emotional or “psychic” tears, as they’re sometimes called, are produced in response to strong emotions — stress, happiness, sadness, physical pain and more. These emotions trigger tearing via an intricate connection with your autonomic nervous system. Scientifically speaking, the phenomenon we refer to as crying occurs due to the lacrimal gland located between your eyeball and eyelid, which produces tears.

When you blink, the fluid gets dispersed over your eye, then drains via your lacrimal punctum and nose, which is why crying makes your nose run. If your tears are voluminous, however, they will overflow this drainage system and cascade down your cheeks.3 There are many purposes for shedding tears. For instance, reflex tears are produced as a form of protection when irritants, such as wind or dust, get into your eyes.

Basal tears, which are secreted at a rate of about 1 gram over a 24-hour period, also serve a protective purpose, helping to lubricate your eyes.4 Shedding emotional tears, or “crying,” also serves an important purpose, however, with research building that crying may offer numerous physical and mental advantages.

Crying Is Soothing, May Promote Empathy

Crying is being considered as a form of self-soothing behavior, i.e., something that can help to calm you down when you feel upset. As researchers explained in the journal Frontiers in Psychology:5

“This universal and uniquely human emotional expression can be elicited by a plethora of events, from those seemingly mundane and unimportant to the most crucial events in one’s life, and ranging from extremely negative to extremely positive experiences.

For example, watching a movie or enjoying the beauty of nature may both make an individual tearful, just as the passing away of attachment figures or birth of a child. Crying occurs predominantly in situations characterized by separation, loss and helplessness, and being overwhelmed by strong emotion, be it negative or positive.”

When a person cries, it serves two broad purposes, they suggested, helping to provide stress reduction and mood enhancement for the crier while also influencing those around him. In babies, the latter is obvious, as babies cry in order to get attention from adults around them.

Even in adults, however, it’s been suggested that crying promotes empathy and prosocial behavior, facilitates social bonding and reduces aggression, the study noted. Jonathan Rottenberg, an emotion researcher and professor of psychology at the University of South Florida, told Time:6

“Crying signals to yourself and other people that there’s some important problem that is at least temporarily beyond your ability to cope … It very much is an outgrowth of where crying comes from originally.”

Ultimately, it was concluded that crying activates the parasympathetic nervous system,7 which induces the relaxation response (similar to other stress-reducing activities, like deep breathing). This is beneficial to the crier, emotionally speaking, but may also offer a survival advantage of sorts by helping you solicit support and “helping behavior.”8

Crying May Boost Your Mood, Help Relieve Pain

Another paradox of crying is that while it may initially make you feel worse, it tends to ultimately boost your mood and even relieve physical pain. Research published in Motivation and Emotion found those who cried during an emotional film had significantly increased negative moods right after while non-criers’ moods remained unchanged.9

But by the next measurement 20 minutes later, the criers’ moods had returned to baseline and, interestingly, after 90 minutes their moods had not only recovered but also were enhanced compared to their pre-film measurements.

So, while crying might initially make you feel worse, it may ultimately make you feel better — and then some. Emotional crying is known to trigger the release of oxytocin, the “love” hormone, and endogenous opioids, aka the feel-good chemicals endorphins. In addition to potentially dulling pain, this may help you reach a state of emotional numbness that helps to buffer extreme stress (and perhaps pain). The Frontiers in Psychology study noted:10

“[A] remaining intriguing question is whether crying, and especially sobbing, … induces a … state of numbness mediated by opioid level changes, which may help people to endure physical and emotional pain.”

Shedding Tears May Help You Release Stress Hormones, Literally

Shedding emotional tears may also be stress-relieving because they contain a high concentration of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) — a chemical linked to stress. One theory of why you cry when you’re sad is that it helps your body release some of these excess stress chemicals, thereby helping you feel more calm and relaxed.

Tears also contain nerve growth factor (NGF), which is a neuropeptide that plays a role in the development and survival of neurons, particularly sensory neurons involved in transmitting pain, temperature and touch.11 According to Robert R. Provine, Ph.D., a professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County:12

“Several lines of evidence suggest that the NGF in tears has medicinal functions. The NGF concentration in tears, cornea, and lacrimal glands increases after corneal wounding, suggesting that NGF plays a part in healing. More directly, the topical application of NGF promotes the healing of corneal ulcers and may increase tear production in dry eye …

Although more of a scientific long shot, I suggest that tears bearing NGF have an anti-depressive effect that may modulate as well as signal mood. Nonemotional, healing tears may have originally signaled trauma to the eyes, eliciting caregiving by tribe members or inhibiting physical aggression by adversaries.

This primal signal may have later evolved through ritualization to become a sign of emotional as well as physical distress. In this evolutionary scenario, the visual and possibly chemical signals of emotional tears may be secondary consequences of lacrimal secretions that originally evolved in the service of ocular maintenance and healing.”

It’s also known that tears contain lysozyme, a substance with such strong antimicrobial properties that researchers suggested it “could reduce biothreat risks presented by bioterror agents.”13 As such, there’s a good chance it helps to keep your eyes healthy, too.

Social Implications of Being a Crier or Non-Crier

There’s no shame in crying, but doing so does change the way you’re perceived by those around you, for better or worse.  That being said, so does NOT crying. On the one hand, research suggests that tearful individuals are seen as warmer but at the same time are viewed as less competent.14

In a study of 475 people who had reported losing the capacity to cry, meanwhile, non-criers reported less connection with others, less empathy and said they experienced less social support. Despite this, their level of well-being was equal to that of “normal” criers.15

Your age also affects how you’re viewed when you cry. When study participants viewed photographs of people of different ages crying, the images of adults crying conveyed the greatest amount of sadness and elicited the most sympathy, followed by images of children crying and, lastly, infants crying.16

Meanwhile, it’s unknown whether lack of crying, or excessive crying, signals an increased risk of mental illness, although at least one review suggested that the perception of a link between crying and depression is unfounded. The authors noted:

“[T]here is surprisingly little evidence for the widespread claim that depression leads to more frequent and/or easier crying. There is also little empirical support for the competing claim that severely depressed individuals lose their capacity to cry.”

Let Your Tears Flow — It’s Good for You

There’s still much to learn about why we cry, and why some people cry more than others. According to Oriana Aragón, an assistant professor of marketing at Clemson University in South Carolina, suggests we all have a unique crying threshold, which is the point at which our feelings overwhelm us to the point of crying.

Some have a high threshold, some low. At the same time, we also have unique emotional reactivity, which is the intensity a feeling needs to be to make us cry. Some people only cry when their feelings are a 10, while others will cry at a 1.

“It is quite likely that these two elements — threshold and reactivity — interact along a spectrum,” she told Scientific American. “At one end, an individual with a high threshold who is thick-skinned may rarely feel the need to cry, whereas on the other end, a person with a low threshold who is hypersensitive may be brought to tears easily …

Overall, crying is not a simple reaction but rather a multifaceted behavior that can offer clues to how we process and regulate our feelings and how we experience the world around us.”17

Dr. Judith Orloff, author of the book “Emotional Freedom: Liberate Yourself From Negative Emotions and Transform Your Life NOW,” also shared how important crying is for the psyche and why it’s time to let go of preconceived notions that crying is a sign of weakness. On the contrary, she views it as a sign of strength:18

“[S]ociety that tells us we’re weak for crying — in particular that ‘powerful men don’t cry.’ I reject these notions. The new enlightened paradigm of what constitutes a powerful man and woman is someone who has the strength and self-awareness to cry. These are the people who impress me, not those who put up some macho front of faux-bravado.

Try to let go of outmoded, untrue, conceptions about crying. It is good to cry. It is healthy to cry. This helps to emotionally clear sadness and stress. Crying is also essential to resolve grief, when waves of tears periodically come over us after we experience a loss. Tears help us process the loss so we can keep living with open hearts.”

Another Letter to the Editor About the Jews

Hello, Benjamin,

It is funny reading how the JEWS do not like being criticized for being JEWS.

No, it’s not the Khazarians, it’s the F-ing JEWS that are destroying the world.

I don’t buy into the “good Jews” and “bad Jews” argument.  Those that do not wish to go along with the JEWISH SH?T SCUM in the world should act accordingly and stop calling themselves JEWISH.

Of course you will not have the guts to print this because you are part of the system.

JEWS are a cancer upon this world.  Any group that has been shunned from every country on Earth for over 2,000 years should by now realise that they are doing something wrong.

We need to call it like it is:  IT IS THE JEWS THAT ARE HELL-BENT ON DESTROYING THE WORLD.  HELL-BENT IS A VERY GOOD PHRASE TO USE BECAUSE IT IS SATAN WHO IS THEIR GOD AND IS WHO THEY SERVE.?That is the truth.  The JEWS do not want the truth to be known.

What are you going to do, Benjamin?  Are you going to tell the truth, or are you going to continue to hide behind this Khazarian lie?

Even if you do not print this, I would like you to reply.  What I have said is the truth!  Are you going to run and hide, or are you going to tell the truth?

Regards

 

Hello,

First of all, I do not consider myself to be Jewish.  I am a human being from the planet earth—that is all.  I simply point out that according to their definition, I am one of them.

I think the Jews are like the matador’s red cape used in bullfights.  They distract us from the real enemy who is, as you point out, the Satanists.  A lot of Satanists pretend to be Jews, but most Jews are not Satanists.

I have and continue to risk my life to fight against the Satanists, but at the same time, so as not to become like them, I refuse to attack innocent people, whatever ethnic group they identify with.

However, the Jews do need to join the fight against the Satanists.  They also need to renounce many of the horrific things written in the Talmud such as this:  “Even the best of the ‘goyim’ should all be killed.”  (Soferim 15)

Benjamin Fulford

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