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Happy New Year from Skin Inc. magazine!

Posted: December 30, 2009

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Learn to meditate

Yes, you can do it. No you don’t have to join a cult, change your religion, become vegetarian or go to India. Meditation is easy if you are taught right. Instead of trying too hard, you can learn how a relaxing silent meditation will help you achieve the deep rest that sleep can. A simple silent meditation practice can change your whole day. Researchers prove meditation improves sleep patterns even when you do it in the morning.

Once thought of as an esoteric or religious pursuit, meditation is going mainstream. A government survey in 2007 found that about 1 out of 11 Americans, more than 20 million people, meditated in the past year. And a growing number of medical centers are teaching meditation to patients for the management of stress. “As Americans become more attached to laptops, iPhones, Blackberries and other digital devices, we have a greater need to unplug and to tap into our inner silence,” says McLean, director of the Sedona Meditation Training Company.“Meditation is the perfect antidote to stress. Research shows that it lowers blood pressure, increases blood flow and decreases heart rate. It also decreases our stress hormone and reduces insomnia.”

About Sarah McLean

Recently featured in the New York Times, Sarah McLean is known as “the face of mainstream meditation.” One of the founding directors of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing, McLean has been teaching mind-body health for 16 years and is the director of the Sedona Meditation Training Company. She is a guest presenter at world-renowned resorts such as Miraval, Red Mountain Spa and the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain. She is a sought-after inspirational speaker on the subjects of meditation, self-discovery and mind-body health, and she appears regularly on Arizona morning television. Having traveled the world and lived in an ashram and monastery, McLean is an expert on bringing the ancient practice of meditation to a modern world.