Stress reduction is a major result of meditation. Dr. Charles Raison, professor of psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, says: "We know stress is a contributor to all the major modern killers. ... It's hard to think of an illness in which stress and mood don't figure."
Meditation is exercise for the brain: it has been shown to assist in mental health maintenance, improve memory, empathy, and a sense of self worth.
HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL STUDY
Dr. Sara Lazar, a Harvard Medical School instructor said: "Although the practice of meditation is associated with peacefulness and physical relaxation, practitioners have claimed that meditation also provides cognitive and psychological benefits that persist throughout the day." This study demonstrates that changes in brain structure may underlie some of these reported improvements and that people are not just feeling better because they are spending time relaxing."
The study involved taking MRIs of the brain of 16 participants two weeks prior to the study and again after the study. the participants meditated for just 30 minutes a day for a period of 8 weeks. They focused on guided meditataion, non-judgmental awareness of sensations, feelings and state of mind.
According to Britta Hozel, research fellow at MGH Geissen University, Germany, "The analysis of the MRIs ... found increased grey matter density in the hippocampus, known to be important for learning and memory, and in structures associated with self-awareness, compassion and introspection."
In an article written by staff members at the Mayo Clinic, they listed a few benefits of meditation.
Stress reduction by:
- imoroving skills to manage stress;
- increasing self-awareness' and
- reducing negative emotion
There is also research that suggests meditation can help with the management of:
MEDITATION CYCLES OF TRANSFORMATION ACCORDING TO YOGIC SCIENCE
- anxiety disorders;
- high blood pressure;
- pain management;
- sleep problems;
- ADD/ADHD; and
Committing to a personal practice makes the meditation process of transformation and self-discovery your own. To master the effects of a meditation practice, it must become a daily practice. This will develop a life-promoting habit. We can change our destiny by changing our habits. We can use various cycles of the human mind to help replace unwanted patterns of behavior with new, more positive ones. Choose a meditation that suits your goals and/or inspires you, and commit to practicing it over 40, 90, 120, or even 1,000 days.
2 1/2 hours
Affects blood circulation and electromagnetic field
Changes glandular system and nerves
Balances and coordinates the three minds
Affects all the cells and rhythms of the body and all layers of the mind's projection
Changes the gray matter of the brain. Integrates the subconscious "shadow mind" and the outer projection
Holds the new pattern in the subconscious mind by the surrounding universal mind
Change a habit
Confirm the habit
You are the new habit
Mastery of the new habit
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