Science proves the benefits of meditation
“If a person’s ground state is serene and calm, then it is possible that this inner peace overpowers a painful physical experience.” ~ The Dalai Lama
Meditation can help with health problems. That’s a great sentence and it seems too easy to be true, especially if you’ve tried so many things that could not help in the end.
It’s certainly worthwhile to look at why you have your symptoms, sometimes helping to make changes to your lifestyle such as eating habits or maybe your working environment.
Okay, easier said than done, you might be able and willing to change your eating habits if you really get a positive result in the seemingly endless chain of painful days, but changing the working environment is a bit more difficult for most people ,
What I would recommend is to see where you could change something in the work environment and go step by step from there. In most cases, there is no need to change jobs.
It may be the way you see things, the attitude toward a specific and stressful situation, and with a different quality of consciousness you would be able to see many things differently.
Meditation can be the first step to more awareness
The benefits of meditation have been scientifically proven, as you can read below. The good thing is, you can start right away, you do not have to go somewhere. All you need is a quiet place for yourself, close your eyes and take a deep breath.
There are many articles about meditation, see them as referrals, you can choose what works best for you.
For example, start with a short minute at work, where you feel like it’s a good time and when you find you’re in pain or stress.
Starting with a short meditation is a good way to begin, in this way you are more willing to increase to longer meditations like 5 – 10 – 15 minutes or even more.
Science has gained much insight into meditation:
1. Improve focus and memory
A 2013 UC Santa Barbara study published in Psychological Science has found that mindfulness training, including meditation, improves our ability to solve spontaneous tasks and remember details.
For those of us who have hectic jobs and notice that your attention is constantly jumping from your phone – to your desk phone – to your email inbox – to the person at your desk – or to the millions of others Office distractions, only a few minutes of calm meditation in the morning can positively affect our critical thinking skills.
2. Reduce stress and anxiety
Researchers at Harvard Medical School have found that meditation changes the physics in the brain in the amygdala, the part of our brain that is associated with stress and anxiety, and thereby reduces our stress.
So it seems like this sounds like a “brainless” (definitely meant to be funny) but that could probably be said in the broadest sense. Turn off the brain or rather the “thinking apparatus” for a moment.
But for all the skeptics out there, it’s reassuring to know that the anecdotal evidence of meditation that reduces our levels of stress now has physical changes in the brain as documented evidence to support them.
3. Reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease
A 2012 study published on cardiovascular disease has found that the diseases are reduced and the overall cardiovascular quality is improved through daily meditation. So not only can meditation reduce stress, but it can also reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Patients in the study, who all had coronary heart disease, were divided into two groups: a control group and a group undergoing a transcendental meditation program. Over the course of the multi-year study, the group receiving meditation training showed a reduction in their blood pressure and stress levels, with lower rates of heart attacks and strokes.
Heart disease is still a global problem and could affect many of our lives as we age. But studies like these show that in addition to the tools of modern medicine, we have a simple weapon in our arsenal to improve our cardiovascular system.
4. Strengthen your immune system
Another great benefit of meditation, at least according to a 2003 study published in Psychosomatic Medicine, is that it can improve our body’s ability to fight chronic diseases and diseases. During the study, one control group was compared to another group of participants who received meditation training. Thereafter, it was found that the meditators have a significantly higher number of antibodies in the blood compared to the control group, which help to ward off disease. This means that regular meditation could help us stay healthy, less often sick and have more time and fun, and be with our loved one instead of lying in bed feeling miserable. Let’s remind you, next time the flu season rolls on …
5. Prevent physical pain
According to a 1975 study by Wake Forest University published in the Journal of Neuroscience, meditation has the ability to reduce pain sensations in our body. During the study, patients who had undergone meditation and mindfulness training experienced less pain when exposed to hot surfaces, as opposed to those who had no meditation experience. This is also true for a group of “meditating” patients given injections to suppress the production of the body’s own opioids, our body’s own painkillers.
The authors concluded that this has the potential to help alleviate chronic symptoms and reduce dependency on prescription drugs, and that future work could help determine the precise mechanism by which meditation relieves pain.
Meditation is no longer just a mystical practice hidden behind the walls of Tibetan monasteries. It is being studied by some of the most respected health organizations in the world, who are now able to judge science to judge claims for thousands of years. The physical and neurological benefits that meditation can provide make it a valuable accompaniment to modern medicine for healing or alleviating health problems.
If you suffer from stress or pain, why not try meditation? It is natural and free. An easy way to start is to find a comfortable sitting position first. Keep your eyes and body relaxed and concentrate on your breath. Do not try to fight all thoughts and slow down the chatter that runs through your head. Stay relaxed. Just watch them come and then focus on your breath as soon as they pass, like passing clouds.
You can start with a minute and then build longer and longer sessions, as you start to feel good it will also become easier to meditate. The positive effects that you will experience from your daily meditation might surprise you. What else is there to lose?
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