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Benson, M.D., Herbert, with Proctor, William, Beyond the Relaxation Response, 1984.
Back in the ‘70s, Benson used medical research to demonstrate the benefits of meditation to a cynical mainstream audience. He coined the term “relaxation response” to describe the condition induced by meditation techniques, including a lowered heart rate, decreased rate of breathing, lowered blood pressure and slower brain waves.
Building on Benson’s earlier works, “Beyond the Relaxation Response” explains why even the simplest meditation techniques do work. It goes further, however, to say that a Relaxation Response technique will work better if you link it with your deeply fest personal system of belief. In other words, Benson now argues that repeating a neutral word like “one” is less effective than using a word or phrase that has meaning for you. If you are interested in meditation, but not quite convinced, Benson’s books will answer many of your questions, and this book is a good starting point.
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