"Which is better for your body: meditation or exercise?" asks The Telegraph journalist Jonathan Wells on 23 March 2016. "On the surface, it seems like an obvious decision - physical exercise can strengthen our muscles, bones and heart, and has been proven to promote the production of oxytonin and other 'feel-good' chemicals. Whilst meditation is, well, a fad. Right? Wrong. Or, at least, possibly wrong."
Both meditation and physical exercise may reduce our vulnerability to stress and increase our quality of life. They are mutually enriching, but may they also be contradictory? Some forms of exercise cultivate openness to inner impulses, while others provide an ‘endorphin rush’ that might at times close our mind instead of opening it.