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Benefits of Meditation on the Body and Mind

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If you have a stressful life, as so many people do, then you will love those moments when you can relax and unwind. However, not everyone has the time to relax, or at least they don’t think they do. The thing you need to remember is that no matter how busy you are, you should always make time for yourself and that means unwinding. There is no better way to relax your body and mind than with some gassho meditation. Here are some of the benefits of meditating regularly.

Increased Immunity

Relaxation, in general, can boost your resistance to many things. Studies have shown that daily meditation can help boost your immune system and increase your antibodies. It has also been found to benefit natural killer cells in the elderly, providing greater immunity to tumors and viruses. The key to this working effectively, is that meditation is practiced consistently and, if not daily, regularly.

Balancing Emotions

Meditation can also help you to keep your emotions in check. It can be a difficult thing to master totally, but by regular practice, it can lead to promising results. The idea is that the meditation will clean your memories and emotions to give you a calmer state of mind.

Better Sex Life and Fertility

If you have had trouble with your sex life or trying to conceive, it can cause a lot of stress and anxiety. Anxiety can actually make the situation worse, so it’s important that you try and relax. A recent study at the University of Australia showed that women are more likely to conceive when they are more relaxed. Stress and anxiety can also affect sperm production and impotence. By practicing daily meditation and including aids such as those from https://bathmatedirect.com/pages/shop-by-range you can increase your chances of conceiving and enjoy a better sex life.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Suffering from diarrhea, bloating and constipation is not pleasant, though many thousands of people have these symptoms as a result of IBS. However, a study in The Harvard Gazette showed that those who practiced meditation twice a day found their symptoms dramatically improved. It was so effective that it was recommended as a long-term treatment.

Calmness

There is a difference between the mind that is relaxed by mediation and the mind that isn’t. A thought in a meditative mind is witnessed and is allowed to flourish or die, but the same thought in a regular mind is allowed to grow and cause problems. It is this ability to control thoughts and discard those that are harmful that is one of the biggest benefits of meditation. Negative thoughts can cause a lot of problems both mental and physical, so it is important to put these thoughts in perspective.

There are many techniques which people who meditate use, and they all have a different effect on the body and mind. By practicing these techniques and doing so regularly, you can create a better environment for you to live and thrive.

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Peter Anton’s The Foodhist Temple at Unix Gallery

Foodhist Temple Pizza
All Photos By Gail

Foodie-ism ascends to a higher plane at Peter Anton’s The Foodhist Temple, up now at Unix Gallery. For this sensorally-immersive exhibit, Unix has transformed itself into a red-walled sanctuary displaying objects of adoration in the form of larger-than life sculptures of decadent food items. A Cheeseburger Deluxe Platter, several brimming Boxes of Chocolates and a mammoth Chocolate Layer Cake on a Pedestal are among the righteous treats nestled amid a plush-carpeted shrine, complete with dimmed lighting, New Age mediation music, lit candles and fresh flowers. Visitors are asked to remove their shoes upon entering.

Foodhist Temple Welcome

As an aside, the carpet feels amazing against street-weary stocking feet.

Foodhist Temple Cake
Cake Worshipers at Foodhist Temple Opening Reception

To facilitate a blissful worship experience, pillows and rugs are scattered across the gallery/temple floor, so that devotees can comfortably prostrate themselves before the Food Idol of their choice. At The Foodhist Temple, Believers can relax, reflect, and achieve a heightened awareness of the importance of food and all of its pleasures.

Foodhist Temple Entry Flowers

Foodhist Temple Chocolates
Entire Box of Chocolates About Equal to the Height of a Person

The hyper-realist detail in these monumental sculptures — which Anton crafted using wood, metal, resin, clay, and both acrylic and oil paints — is extraordinary.

Cheeseburger and Fries
Say Cheese-Burger!

Cake Worshippers
Gallery View With The Foodhist Faithful

Fried Egg
Achieve a State of Egg-Stacy!

More Chocolates
More Chocolates!

Shrine

Visitors will pass by this little shrine on the way to the two smaller, rear galleries. There, you will encounter:

Foodhist Temple Sushi
Sacred Sushi!

Holy Donuts
Hole-y Donuts!

Candy Worshippers
Still More Boxed Chocolates! They Seem to Radiate a State of Enlightened Bliss!

Foodhist Temple Bacon
Benevolent Bacon!

At The Foodhist Temple, all are Welcome.

Peter Anton’s The Foodhist Temple will be on Exhibit Through May 9th, 2015 at Unix Gallery, Located at 532 West 24th, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Foodhist Temple Signage

Foodhist Temple Shoes

Happy Birthday, Paramahansa Yogananda!

Paramahamsa Yogananda

Usually, when The ‘Gig gives a shout out to a birthday boy or girl, we try to lump all birthdays happening on the same day together in one post, to save space or whatever. But for reasons which should be obvious, we could not really lump Paramahansa Yogananda (Born January 5th, 1893)– author of Autobiography of Yogi, founder of Self-Realization Fellowship, and the guy who taught Gandhi how to meditate – in with Marilyn Manson, Antichrist Superstar (Born January 5th, 1969). Because, no. Happy birthday, Paramahansaji!