Benefits of Meditation

There are well over 3000 peer-reviewed articles on research into meditation.
Dr. Norman Rosenthal, a prominent psychiatrist, has said that if the benefits of the meditation program for heart health were contained in a pill, “It would be a billion-dollar blockbuster.”

If your mind is Cool, you:
Make good decisions
Don’t get confused
Make less mistakes
Don’t get angry or feel afraid
Attract respect from others

If your mind is Calm, you:
Become peaceful and happy
Are less worried and frustrated
Don’t get stressed about work or exams
Can pay more attention to people you love
Find people will like you more

If your mind is Concentrated, you:
Get less distracted by useless things
Find it easier to focus and learn
Perform better in sports and games
Make better music and art
Will be more trustworthy

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BUSINESS | GOVERNMENT | EDUCATION case studies

GOOGLE: Free classes that Google offers to employees “Search Inside Yourself,” it’s a free course Google provides employees that is designed to teach emotional intelligence through meditation, a practical real-world meditation you take with you wherever you go. The program was reported in yesterday’s NY Times

GOVERNMENT LEADERS IN ENGLAND: Mr. Hague, 47, recently told The Times of London that he learned the Transcendental Meditation technique when he was a student at Oxford University and has practiced it regularly ever since. He said he finds time in his 15-hour work day to meditate because it makes him “calmer, have fewer headaches, and sleep better.”
Mr Nick Clegg, 43, now Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Democrats, is another UK government leader who learned the Transcendental Meditation technique. Mr. Clegg started meditating as a student at Cambridge University and found it incredibly helpful when he was starting out with his career. “TM is an extremely good way to deal with the stresses of ordinary life,” Mr. Clegg said.


COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN UNION Brussels
: Osho's meditations are a hit with officials at the Commission of the European Union in Brussels. Sannyasins from the Osho Shanti Om Meditation Center have been teaching Kundalini Meditation to more than 300 EEG officials, who gave enthusiastic feedback about their experiences.

GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS BRAZIL: "We've just completed a series of six groups with top management officers in the Department of Health, and the results were so positive that the Department wants 10 more groups next semester," says Champak.
"Recently we offered a presentation of our work to representatives of a major corporation which underwrites about 60 airports here in Brazil, and were so successful that they're interested in our services next year. And last month we led a one-day seminar for officials working in Brazil's highest Electoral Court.

HARVARD SCHOOL: Meditation May Be the Key to Business Leadership
What do Steve Jobs, Ray Dalio, Bill George, Marc Beinoff and Phil Jackson have in common? They are visionaries, have been known to lead and inspire teams, and have achieved significant success in their professional lives. They have one more thing in common – meditation. Could their focus on contemplative practices have something to do with their huge successes?Suken Vakil & I (Nikita Singhal), both OG, are looking to answer that exact question, and we’ve designed an independent study under the guidance of Prof. Sandra Sucher, titled Meditation & Business Leadership.
http://www.harbus.org/2012/meditation-and-leadership/

LONG-LASTING EFFECTS OF MEDITATION: In a very recent study published in the Frontiers in Neuroscience, researchers found that not only does meditation provide an immediate benefit to those who practice it, it also has long-lasting positive benefits


THE NEW YORK TIMES, IN THE CLASSROOM, A NEW FOCUS ON QUIETING THE MIND
:
Mindfulness, while common in hospitals, corporations, professional sports and even prisons, is relatively new in the education of squirming children. But a small but growing number of schools in places like Oakland and Lancaster, Pa., are slowly embracing the concept — as they did yoga five years ago — and institutions, like the psychology department at Stanford University and the Mindfulness Awareness Research Center at the University of California, Los Angeles, are trying to measure the effects.

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HEALTH

 

BENEFITS OF MEDITATION FOR THE TREATMENT OF PAIN: There’s been a lot of research done into the positive effects of meditation on the treatment of pain. Here’s a recent article from the journal, Pain, http://www.painjournalonline.com/article/S0304-3959(07)00243-6/abstract in which researchers looked at the benefits of a meditation practice for adults suffering from chronic pain.

MEDITATION HELPS YOU TO LIVE LONGER: I know that this kind of heading can sound deceptive, and while this article, from the Annals of the New Your Academy of Sciences,  doesn’t say that meditationwill help you to live longer, anecdotal evidence as well as articles such as this one seem to indicate that one of meditation’s benefits could be that not only can you be healthier through meditation practice, you may even live longer.
The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (Reference: Alexander, C. N., et. al. (1989). Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 57(6): 950–964), reported the findings of Dr. C.N. Alexander concluding that meditators exhibited increased longevity and Better mental functioning
• More energy
• Youthful feeling
• Less illness
• Decreased hospital and medical care
• Increased Longevity
Additionally, the Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine reported that in an 8-week meditation study in patients with memory loss, meditation was associated with positive changes in mood and decreased anxiety. (Moss et al., Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine, 2012)
Finally, the journal of Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition reported that long-term meditators who were over 55 years of age were found to have better attention, memory, and vigilance than those in the control group.
(Prakash et al., Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 2011)

MEDITATION CAN REWIRE YOUR BRAIN TO BE MORE POSITIVE Sara Lazar, at Harvard University, has furthered the brain-research done by Dr. Richard Davidson (check out this link for all of the great research that he’s done) at the University of Wisconsin. In this study, Dr. Lazar found that in just eight weeks of meditation training, for 27-minutes a day, you can rewire your brain to help you to feel better and increase your quality of life.

HIGHER BRAIN FUNCTIONING: Studies at the University of Wisconsin have shown that experienced meditators have much higher levels of brain activity in the area of the brain that process positive emotions and less activity in the areas associated with anxiety, depression and other negative emotions.
Research at UCLA further suggests that meditating actually increases the size of the brain region that is associated with positive emotions.
In one recent study (Hozel et al., 2011), participants had brain scans before learning to meditate and again eight weeks later.  The results were that after only eight weeks, the brain volume in the hippocampus, which is the area associated with learning and memory, showed a significant increase.
in a study cited in the January 2006 article on meditation in  TIME Magazine that stated, “One recent study found evidence that the daily practice of meditation thickened the parts of the brain’s cerebral cortex responsible for decision making, attention and memory.”
Finally, in studies published in the journal of Perceptual Motor Skills (39: 1031–1034, 1974) and the Academy of Management Journal (17: 362–368, 1974), meditators were found to exhibit:
• Higher IQ and improved academic performance
• More accurate perception
• Improved creativity and problem solving
• Improved focus and memory
• Improved job satisfaction and job performance
• Faster reaction time, increased energy and endurance and improved athletic performance

REDUCED STRESS: Dozen of studies have shown that meditation can significantly reduce blood cortisol – which is the major stress hormone in humans.  This is evident even in brand new meditators.  This could explain why meditators report that they not only feel better, but are also found to be significantly healthier since stress is known to either cause or aggravate 80% of all disease.
Additional studies have shown that meditators experience:
• More balanced hormone function
• Improved immune functioning
• Improved cardiovascular functioning, including lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels

BETTER HEALTH: The Journal of Psychosomatic Medicine reported that in controlled studies meditators experienced reduced incidences of:
• Cancer by 55%
• Cardiovascular Disease by 88%
• Hospital Admissions by 55% and
• Total Medical Expenses by 67%
Reference: Psychosomatic Medicine, Vol 49, Issue 5 493-507, 1987
An additional study was published in the Journal of Psychosomatic Medicine concluding that meditation produces lasting positive changes in the function of the immune system and even slowed the progression of HIV.
Researchers at Wake Forest University Medical Center published a study measuring the physical effects of meditation on pain.  According to Dr. Fadel Zeidan, lead author of the study stated, “This is the first study to show that … meditation training can dramatically reduce both the experience of pain and pain-related brain activation. In fact, meditation produced a greater reduction in pain than even morphine or other pain-relieving drugs in some subjects.”

IMPROVED PERFORMANCE: Studies published in the Academy of Management Journal and Journal of Perceptional Motor Skills reported that meditation resulted in:
• Higher IQ
• Improved academic performance
• More accurate perception
• Heightened creativity and problem solving ability
• Better focus and memory
• Greater job satisfaction and job performance
Further studies conducted on meditators as reported in the Journal of Neuroscience in April 2011 showed that meditation improves:
• Reaction time
• Energy levels
• Endurance
• Athletic performance

MENTAL HEALTH AND EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING: Tests carried out at the University of Wisconsin in Madison showed a “remarkable range of results in meditation practitioners,” including:
• a high level of activity in the parts of the brain that help to form positive emotions, such as: happiness, joy, and self-control, and
• a decreased level of activity in the parts of the brain related to negative emotions like depression, self-centeredness, and lack of happiness.


Additionally there was seen a calming of the area of the brain that triggers fear and anger as well as a change in the section of the brain that controls the ability to reach a state of inner peace even when facing extremely disturbing circumstances.
An article published in the online Journal of the Mayo Clinic (http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/meditation/HQ01070) states:
Meditation can give you a sense of calm, peace and balance that benefits both your emotional well-being and your overall health. And these benefits don’t end when your meditation session ends. Meditation can help carry you more calmly through your day and can even improve certain medical conditions.
When you meditate, you clear away the information overload that builds up every day and contributes to your stress.
The emotional benefits of meditation include:
• Gaining a new perspective on stressful situations
• Building skills to manage your stress
• Increasing self-awareness
• Focusing on the present
• Reducing negative emotions

 

 

peace. love. balance.