Anything that helps to open people's hearts will help not only their blood pressure, but all of life on earth.
For Los Angeles cardiologist Alejandro Junger, love is a great healer. Along with performing EKGs and prescribing exercise and diet plans, Junger teaches a simple visualization technique to his patients that focuses on love, which he believes can help mend a weak heart—and more.
Try the Meditation
Start by closing your eyes. Take some deep breaths and picture in great detail someone you love—seeing them smile, hearing them laugh. Then imagine telling the object of your affection how much you love them.
Benefits of the Meditation
"After about a minute of the visualization, patients tell me they experience feelings of love, peace, and joy," says Junger. "This reminds them that these feelings already exist within themselves and can be triggered by their own minds."
Junger believes that depression, anxiety, and even heart disease can arise from having a "closed" heart, or not fully experiencing your emotions. When you bring love into your consciousness, you release that emotional constriction and open your heart center, resulting in improved mood and an overall sense of well-being. The body responds to the sensation of love by secreting endorphins, which counteract stress and lower blood pressure. Junger adds that people report feelings of warmth and ease filling their chests while they do the exercise. "It's a tool you can use outside the office for a more holistic approach to health," he says.
Junger sees the importance of this technique on a broader scale. "Our society is in crisis. Is there any doubt that one of the major epidemics today is that people's hearts are closed?" he asks. "Anything that helps to open people's hearts will help not only their blood pressure, but all of life on earth."