During a particularly virulent flu season in the US, with the nightly news reporting dire consequences and predictions, it is nice to know that meditation has proven to be helpful in maintaining a healthy immune system.
In one study of the immune functions of meditators and non-meditators, they found ‘...significant increases in antibody titers to influenza vaccine among subjects in the meditation group compared with those in the wait-list control group.’ (See study.)
So what does this mean for us as meditators? Keep meditating!
But also, of course, take care of ourselves physically with proper nutrition (reduction of sugar intake,) exercise, hygiene, and common sense. In all things find the Middle Way, using Wise Effort to find balance and ease.
Let go of the fear-based victim stance that gets stirred up by the media frenzy. Instead of being a victim, radiate health! Bath yourself and all beings in metta: May I be well. May all beings be well. Remember that metta is a blessing, not a request from some external source. We are each powerful conduits of the universal life force, however we name it. Radiating health out of love and kindness, you can feel tension leave the body. Tension arises from the stress of feeling a victim or potential victim.
If you do get sick, treat yourself with loving-kindness. This is not a failure of your abilities as a meditator! And please treat others with loving-kindness by staying home until you are truly well.
May you be well! May you be radiantly healthy!
May all beings be well.