Vipassana meditation brings peace of mind to the youth of India, at least around Mumbai, according to the Hindustan Times. Vipassana is taught as a living practice of the Buddha’s teaching and it has been passed on for millennia. Vipassana is taught over a ten day period (though there are longer retreats) and is open to anyone that wants to practice this type of meditation. While there is an open duologue with the meditation teacher, silence is observed between the participants.
The idea of meditating ten to twelve hours a day for days on end may seem a bit extreme to the uninitiated. But according to the Hindustan Times young people around Mumbai are embracing Vipassana meditation in order to relieve stress. Another reason for the youth to attend the intense retreat is to develop concentration skills that will help them in their studies and career. Advertising executive Labony Kaushal, 25, admits the only reason she thought of giving Vipassana a shot was to alleviate her boredom. The first day, called Zero Day, is where an audio-visual explains the techniques of meditation to the new arrivals… and little else.
Ask Kaushal whether she’s noticed any permanent changes and she says, “ I was an angry person who’d react without thinking of the consequences, but I’ve become more patient now.
Clinical psychologist and psychotherapist Seema Hingorrany admits she’s seen a substantial rise in the number of young patients opting for Vipassana, and cites stress as the main reason.
Hingorrany says that she gets emails and calls from patients asking what the right age for Vipassana is, but she opines, “It’s not about being the right age, but having the right reason. For those who return from their retreat successfully, Hingorrany notices a change in their composition. The big surprise for most of the students is, as it was for Kaushal, by the tenth day there’s the realization that Vipassana meditation brings peace of mind, that at some point the meditators slip into effortless effort, discover detached involvement and maintain a peaceful alertness. If you found this article useful … please click the LIKE button below to share it on Facebook. This entry was posted in How to Meditate, Meditation Benefits, Meditation Help, Meditation Techniques, Types of Meditation and tagged Meditation Benefits, Stress relief, types of meditation, Vipassana meditation, Vipassana Meditation Brings Peace of Mind by Tommyji.
For the last 10 years, I have been involved in researching the impact of meditation on health and well-being. When my colleagues at Stanford and at other universities started researching meditation, most of us expected that meditation would help with stress levels. Hundreds of studies suggest that meditation doesn’t just decrease stress levels but that it also has tangible health benefits such as improved immunity, lower inflammation and decreased pain. Inspired to share these findings, I recently wrote a post on the science of meditation that summarizes much of this data. You may use the infographic above on your website, however, the license we grant to you requires that you properly and correctly attribute the work to us with a link back to our website by using the following embed code. Emma Seppala originates from Paris, France and is Associate Director at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University. I started to meditate a few years ago when the stresses and strains of modern life were beginning to get on top of me. Great article, I started on the headspace programme in September and have to say it certainly works for me. I really commend your research and dedication to the study of meditation and its useful effects. Has anyone ever done a study comparing theistic focused meditation to non-theistic meditation? I teach meditation and have worked with a handful of cancer patients in conjunction with their medical treatment. I’m not 100% sure of the studies but I am not surprised because meditation reduces stress which we know impacts many disease states. Meditation is essentially non interfering, cleansing, provides self knowledge and inclines us in favour of good. As we learn to meditate in the purest way we can understand the infinite wonders it holds for us. 35- Cure infertility (the stresses of infertility can interfere with the release of hormones that regulate ovulation). I agree, the positive thoughts and energy allow us to see things in a different way, difficult situations can be solved gradually and finally everything has one solution less death. I used to meditate everyday it helps me to work faster as fast as I can I really appreciate the meditation.l request you to keep practicing meditation. If you wish to participate OshoNow programs, please do visit our website for more information. And as I’m sure you know, meditation has more benefits than those 100 on your great list. Friends i m truely speaking to you that meditation is really a very effective thing and all the benifits that has written upper is right i have experienced them and at the moment you start meditating is the actual hilling of one self . Meditation helps in every aspect of life, it even builds willpower because sacrificing 20 minutes or more a day just to meditate isn’t easy. I just want to know that, is there any side effect like joint pain and muscle pain because of meditation or not. I’m just sixteen years old and i first learned how to meditate from my wrestling coach it is very beneficial and it is good for many different reasons i use it mostly to fall asleep or to get away from stress!!! When I meditate I automatically laugh out a lot after a few minutes even if I don’t want to.
This isn’t the case if I medidate without music, which I got from someone, this perticular one! I am feeling useless, I try using hobbies to cheer myself up and hanging with friends but I feel like im on this earth for no reason, and I am now being homeschooled in 11th grade and my mom calls herself a failure for trying to even raise me, im picked on for being over weight and picked on for doing hobbies like guitar and stuff, im not even that good yet, yet people tell me ill never be good and I should give up.
Hopefully meditating will soothe my mental confusion and put me on the right track I am going to try it as soon as possible, thanks for the list, it is just what I need. Nice to see not just the physical benefits, but in fact, an exploration of the mental and spiritual implications as well. Hi: its very great list but I have one question that if durind meditition it is possible that we get intution.
Sounds good … but could you cite evidence that each of these benefits is, in fact, true?
I think meditation is has unlimited benefits, we may say that meditation is the food for our mind and soul.
I think these are the most beneficial and true facts of meditation , hope and pray that more people can read this and adapt to such a lifestyle which helps them tremendously. I have lots of issues first i dnt have self confidence thats why i cudnt speak in public and i feel like i cant do anything in life as i am not confident. I have practicing buddhism meditation for around 5 years, and I found more great information from this site, keep posting.
No doubt, the spiritual benefits of meditation can be so rewarding as duly covered in your post here.
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Adopting the Zen philosophy is a way of being present in your own life by integrating the teachings into your whole being. Entering into the realm of inner peace through Zen meditation transforms your perspective over time, helping you to feel more balanced when difficult times arise, and the practice engenders more confidence in your own decisions.
This is the true benefit of all the different kinds of meditation, to bring healing to the bodies and souls of each person and to bring wholeness to the world through the meditative practice.
Is the benefit of meditation  real, and more fundamentally, how do we define or discover what is real? The ultimate benefit of meditation is self-realization or Unity consciousness, the deep feeling of peace and the physical benefits that attend this feeling are the ‘side effects’ of a regular meditation practice. As meditation is finding its way in the West and looking for authentic cultural roots, we are bound to re-enact Siddhartha’s own search, re-discover his own disappointments and illuminations. These are the questions that Siddhartha asked as he continued his spiritual quest, continuing to probe deeper, until he was satisfied that he had gotten to the bottom of his inquiry. To see ‘behind the curtain of illusion,’ we must learn how to be still and examine what is within ourselves, sometimes found in the silence, but always found in awareness. And if you want the message of meditation to spread, please click the LIKE button below share this article on Facebook. The benefits of Vipassana meditation are that as you practice it you will soon see that your thoughts and feelings are part of you but they are not you.
Vipassana is an awareness meditation; it doesn’t involve concentration on the breath, mantras or mandalas and candle flames. No talking, no eye contact with others, no phones, internet, reading or writing: trying to spend all your waking hours during the 10-day course committed to learning Vipassana meditation was difficult enough. But 10-plus hours spent meditating every day, all the time trying to sit – and remain immobile – in the lotus position, while simultaneously attempting to still the mind, to think of one thing only, and nothing else, was almost torturous.
Stilling the mind, trying to clear it of everything other than focusing on breathing, for the first four days, then on the body’s sensations for the next six, proved a Herculean task.
Our busy minds run helter-skelter; trying to train the mind to focus on the one task and to have to continually bring it back from its incessant thought wanderings, was a monumental task. A ringing bell at 4am woke the 51 sleeping, mainly Sri Lankan, participants (there were three female and four male foreigners).
The 6.30am breakfast of tea, white rice, spicy vegetables and a banana was served to the segregated sexes in the dining room. Meditators could sit against the wall or walk outside for short rest periods if they needed a break during the non-group sessions.
It was then time for showers, washing clothes and resting before the bell summoned us to the 1pm meditation. By neutrally observing the changing nature of body and mind; of observing how the body’s sensations continually change, meditators learn the nature of impermanence, suffering and egolessness. Eventually, you become more able to note the body’s pleasant and unpleasant sensations (pain or tension from sitting in one position, for example) without craving or aversion – without having to change your position to alleviate the discomfort, realizing that it is temporary and not permanent. Those meditating become more balanced and learn not to react immediately to everyday life’s perceived pleasant and unpleasant events. I was exhausted after six months of travel in India and felt that doing something completely different would instill a new enthusiasm. Insight meditation or Vipassana is, it’s said, to be the type of meditation that the Buddha himself taught. I promise you that this meditation benefit is not one that is discussed in average discourse on the benefits of meditation, which is, being able to comfortably be immersed in freezing cold water for an extended period of time. Regarding the second question, about whether a person can raise their tolerance to cold just by meditating, the quick answer is yes. Meditation as a practice asks paradoxical questions, and here’s one; when is boredom interesting?
For example as Jay points out, boredom is really restlessness; it’s about what’s happening inside you and not what’s going on around you on the outside. Ultimately what make boredom interesting is being present enough to contemplate the ‘gifts’ it offers us.
The questions asked here are, do you need to have quiet place to meditate or if there lots of distractions, does this mean I won’t be able to meditate? The second observation is that there are different approaches to meditating anywhere at any time, mindfulness approach and deep inner awareness or transcendental meditation.
Mindfulness is about being fully present without judgment and inner awareness is about transcending, going beyond the challenges. This article is on the benefits of Buddhist meditation and lovemaking, yes, I said lovemaking.
Practitioners of meditative lovemaking report more responsiveness along with an increased intensity and whole body orgasms.
The realization that meditation is not all “sweetness and light” and that it’s part of the awakening process is facing our shadow energy’s.
So when would-be practitioners ask about the benefits of meditation, I tend not to give a straight answer.


For many people the real meditation benefits occur as the result of an emotional realization; the release of stress and, many times, the relief of physical pain come as the result of a deep seated emotional release. This is meditation’s gift and it’s challenge, to experience the benefits you must be willing to take the responsibility, not the blame, that is the process of self-realization and emotional freedom. Now here’s a meditation benefit that even I was unaware of, well at least until I read this study, done at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. There was a significant reduction in symptoms in the mindfulness practitioners compared to a control group. Even though this was a small sample the researchers involved were “impressed” with the results.
So I have a gut feeling that the benefits of mindfulness meditation are a meditation benefit for the whole mind-body. I’m going to step out of the ‘meditation benefits’ mode for a moment and back into history, present and not so long ago.
Wavy Gravy is an iconic figure from latter part of that decade, and the reason I came across this post was his connection to another icon of that decade, Ram Dass.
Ram Dass a teacher, guru to me; his path as always been that of Bhakti (the yoga of love) Yoga, in service to love, through his teacher Maharaj-ji, was in a sense an incarnation of Hanuman, who took an incarnation of a monkey to serve God. My mother-in-law, affectingly known by all the family as GG, is transitioning, here at home, even as I’m writing this. When I read about Wavy Gravy, the Hog farm and his life of service, I’m simultaneously transported into the past and made fully present and for that’s a meditation benefit. Vipassana meditation is one of the meditation techniques taught by the Buddha and means to ‘see with special vision’ or insight meditation.
Vipassana retreats are conducted in silence and last anywhere from ten days to three months. With overwhelming enthusiasm, I spent the last couple of weeks learning vipassana meditation at Dharmashring, Budanilkhantha. The meditation benefit and experience of vipassana is a direct and enlightened insight into the impermanent, unsatisfactory, and selfless nature of ordinary existence.
During this time the practitioner stays at the center, cutting all ties with the outside world. During the first three plus days the focus of practice is, appropriately enough, mental concentration, which is in preparation for formal meditation.
In fact at the Vipassana centers around Mumbai, India, (as with all Vipassana centers) there is an evaluation process, like a doctors certificate, required to determine the fitness of the practitioner. In the beginning most students find the meditation practice to seem more like torture instead of the deep inner peace they are seeking.
However, what many of us did not anticipate was the extent of the benefits the data ended up showing. After it went viral on Twitter & Facebook, I thought I’d create this infographic to help readers visualize the data and inspire would-be or regular meditators to keep up with their practice! The experience has been revelatory and my overall sense of wellbeing and purpose has been transformed in a really positive way.
Both my article and infographic really just summarize data on a number of different types of meditation. I too have been practicing meditation for a long time, and I found this infographic outstanding for its purpose of bringing awareness to people. Good for you for helping your patients find greater well-being, what a gift to them and to you! When I first originally thought of this post, I indeed wanted to make it 100 benefits long (think big right!), however, I wasn’t sure I could find more than perhaps 20-25 benefits. They are inexpensive and can provide you with a good foundation from which to begin meditating.
Great article you have, I would also want to share my thoughts that Meditation indeed has positive effects not only in the body but also in the mind, a total holistic wellness that brings us to know our inner-self better. This morning, out of a whim, I downloaded a 1 hour mediation music and started to meditate.
Meditation helps a great deal in understanding ourselves and can bring about a remarkable change in our total outlook. I’m just getting started and hope to do it for 30 minutes at a time for the rest of my life. Today was my first time meditating and I only tried it for 10 minutes and it’s very healing.
Awhile back Meditation wasn’t even on my mind, but just recently I looked up meditation because I needed some peace in my life. Its for me the biggest and quickest way to relieve stress and to also let go of any negative emotions.
I know people tend to want to medicate for various reasons but if they just took the time to invest in themselves, they could realize the great benefits listed here. I love meditating… I even reposted this on my website (linked to here of course ?? ). Sometimes I sit on the floor against my wall listening to music like Alive or Just Breathing to cheer me up and give me some faith, for long periods of time. This is easily fixed by learning new postures designed for people with such problems, such as walking meditation or sitting in a chair.
I used to have anger control problems, and after taking up meditation and martial arts, I am now very calm, both physically and mentally.
I do meditation very often, I treasure my mind that’s why I give time for rest and make my brain calm. It can certainly appease the anxiety caused by lacking confidence as well as help you feel better about yourself. The word Zen comes from the daily meditation practice called Zazen, which is a Japanese word that means to sit and to concentrate or contemplate ones true nature. When you experience that strength inside yourself, you know you are healing from your suffering.
That is the real treasure that Buddhism has to offer, and it may take us a long time in the West to bring this treasure to full fruition.
If your meditation practice, regardless of the technique, gently awakens you to the different levels of your being, one after another, and you have be authentic with yourself in this process, then you will discover the truth, which is the highest form of reality.
For a novice meditator, like Yvonne Moran, a ten day Vipassana meditation retreat was less like a retreat and a lot more like a marine boot camp, at least in the beginning.
The first few days were spent writhing in extreme discomfort and pain as I attempted to sit crossed-legged and erect on the cushioned floor in the same position for what seemed like interminable periods of time. Their metal cups and plates washed, meditators returned to the basic dormitories or two-three bedroom cottages to sleep. During these four daily periods, participants were asked to try and remain in one position without moving at all. Lunch at 11am usually consisted of rice, perhaps lentils, a good selection of spicy and some boiled vegetables, with something sweet to finish.
Group meditation continued through the early afternoon, followed by more meditation until teatime, – four crackers and a banana were the usual offerings. A video talk by lay meditator SN Goenka, who brought the technique from Burma to India, and from where it has spread around the world, followed. But slowly I came to realise it would be impossible to learn this form of meditation without undergoing such an intensive course.
It enables them to face life with more equilibrium, knowing that nothing is permanent and that everything passes.
Meditation was something I’d been interested in learning about, and with time to spare, I thought it would be a good idea to attempt it. When all the different kinds of thoughts, feeling, sensations and images arise, we learn to rest in the stillness, allowing the mind to be as it is, without discrimination or judgment. There are a few insight meditation centers in the US, in California and Massachusetts, that offer intensive short term (ten day) and long term (three month) retreats. The focus of this piece, Wim Hof, “may be able to exercise some influence over other body functions considered involuntary,” according to Professor Peter Pickkers of Nijmegen’s Radboud Medical University. Jay Michaelson addresses this paradox, reframing the way boredom is perceived, finding the gifts that boredom offers us. He suggest that the next time you feel bored, take a moment to see how you feel, are you feeling energetic or relaxed? Do you need to have a quiet place free from all distractions and noises or can you actually meditate anywhere, anytime, any place? It’s taking a bit of literary license in comparing meditation to Viagra; one helps alleviate the symptoms of a medical condition, which was the intent when of Viagra when first came on the market, the other, has traditionally been, to enhance the experience. Mindfulness is a way of melding more love into your love making, and frankly I would call that a heck of a nice meditation benefit. And all the tears, the “powerful surges” of emotion, seemed, to be foreign to what he understood meditation to be. Enlightenment is the process out ‘lightening up or letting go and that includes all our repressed emotions. This study found that mindfulness meditation helped improve the quality of life and the mental distress that accompanies irritable bowel syndrome. Because mindfulness meditation teaches the practitioner how to focus their attention and relax, it “empowers” the sufferer to deal with a difficult to treat illness. One of the ways that Ram Dass has promoted loving service is in supporting conscious care for the dying, something that has been pretty close to home for me lately. The conscious, loving care of our hospice practitioners was the result of the Buddhist tradition inspired, Metta Institute, founded by Frank Ostaseski. You can find out more information about Ram Dass and his compassionate community at ramdass.org. Training in vipassana begins by focusing and calming the mind, which is accomplished by placing the attention on the breath, following its natural movements. Many of the centers, including the Insight Meditation Society offer instruction in other Buddhist practices like, loving kindness or Metta meditation.
Is that just reports from people doing it for 10 years, or are there good scientific studies showing specific benefits that I care about?In this massive article I have summarized several scientific discoveries on the benefits of meditation.
Vipassana is described as the essence of the teachings of Buddha, the experience of his teachings, because he attained the experience of the truth in meditation, so meditation is truly the essence of the teaching. Each day thereafter new practices or steps are introduced, until day ten when the silence ends. I thought that 10 days of not talking to anyone would be good for me, since I’m not a very talkative person anyway.” Kaushal didn’t do any research before signing up, which she recommends for anyone who’s rolling the idea around in their head. I got a headache on the first day, which is something they warn you of because your body is not used to it,” she recalls. And every day, it felt like I was running a never-ending race,” she says, adding, “But by the final day, I didn’t want to come back to Mumbai.
They feel themselves very resistant to the forced timetable (like getting up at four or four thirty in the morning), the sparse facilities, instructions of the teacher, all the discipline and even the technique itself. Perhaps most importantly, it has been linked to increased happiness and greater compassion. I am an osteopath and regularly treat patients whose symptoms are aggravated or even caused by stress and anxiety and I recommend meditation to all them.
As more data comes in, we’ll be able to really tease apart how each practice impacts different cognitive and affective processes both in the brain, body and behavior.
Then I would try every morning to meditate for at least ten minutes, sometimes 20 if I was up early enough.
Then explore all the options out there and find the shoe that fits: mindfulness, vipassana, Art of Living, loving-kindness, compassion.
Also try to get in some breathing exercises throughout the day which also calm the anxious mind.. I had no idea you created this and would love to share it on my website and youtube channel and of give you credit if that’s ok! It can be practiced anywhere, at any given moment, and it is not time consuming (15-20 min.
I’m dealing with going thru somewhat of a bad breakup, amongst other daily life events and life started to become very convoluting for me.
So I did some research to see the advantages of meditation and what it actually does, so I tried it and I must say that I have had an awesome experience doing it.
You know Swami Vivekanand was the person who changes so many things by using this meditation power . Think if a person quit drinking and smoking then how he will be then his own life will be full of joys and happiness.


Now a days a lot of people are getting inspired by meditation as it provides mental stability. I do not want to use suicide as a option, because my mom is thinking about it too, and if I go she would probably try too.
My poor mind, conditioned from early childhood experience, to expect the worst in any given situation, fights me all the way in my practice, against surrendering its control over me, and so its survival as separate from me is at stake.
With your permission I’d like to give this listing to the group I lead on Contemplative Prayer. Alan Watts, in his writing, “The Way of Zen,” called it “unified or one-pointed awareness.” The simplest explanation of Zen is, being, right here, right now.
The stress of life is so powerful that it can cause emotional, as well as, physical damage. It can destroy relationships and cause you ‘dis-ease.’ If there were any other issue affecting your life, right now, as deeply as stress, you would do everything you could to eradicate it immediately. Zen meditation can help transform your stress into harmless energy; energy to be let go of, and replaced with a growing feeling of peace and tranquility.
Many people get overwhelmed with physical and emotional pain and suffering and turn away from their path to look for some way to deal with it, often numbing the pain with addictions of all kinds. He went on to explain that most religion, including Buddhism, offers an escape from reality, rather than a transforming insight about it. In fact, without some calmness in meditation it is impossible to see anything clearly or distinguish what is real from what is illusion.
Puff talks about his personal experiences and how he was able to practice his meditation even in noisy situations. This ability evolves as your practice evolves and it’s not a recommended practice beginning meditators; for most beginners, distractions lead to frustration. I would add, because it is a practice, go ahead and do just that, practice, remembering to be gentle with yourself and letting go of any frustration if it arises.
In this article, what the author’s experience of his first few days of Vipassana, while they are unique to the individual, they are not unique to the process.
Sometimes other forms instructions are offered at these centers; include teaching as diverse as Tibetan Lamas, Christian priests or Native American shamans. Over 100 studies were analyzed (some of which are in themselves analysis of other hundreds of studies), and categorised the findings into 76 benefits (divided into 46 subheadings).
The tenth day is preparation for reentry into the everyday world, and the course end on the morning of the eleventh day.
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When the music got over, I felt like only 30 mins or so had passed by and the music was much shorter than I thought.
Then I stumbled across this website as a cry out for help and I must say that this is the answer! It helped me take my mind off the troubles of the world, and gave me so much peace, and I find myself now reacting differently to situations that use to bother me and I use to forget things very easy and now I find myself remembering thing more easier now, and i also feel more energetic. Im thinking about maybe running away and trying to live a new life, im tired of sitting in my room doing nothing but wasting my whole life away, like im living for nothing, even though I try and get put straight back down. Through Zen, you become aware; the way to understanding your true purpose is through a peaceful mind. Many of the physical risks involving high levels of stress, are already, well understood, but it is impossible to completely assess the damage stress does to every cell in the body. People in every generation have the same opportunity as the Buddha had to see behind the curtain of illusion to the reality beneath. It was, apparently, a way of gaining strength from everyone undergoing the same process simultaneously. Also there is belief among some that the exposure to the cold may benefit the circulatory system, and lead to a quicker recovery for athletes after training, though these benefits remain controversial. The number one benefit of meditation is stress reduction, so don’t stress if the distractions are too much, relax and wait until you feel you are in a comfortable place, then meditate. Anxiety and stress steal years of your life, while deeply affecting the quality of your life while you are still here.
Zen meditation is all about allowing healing into the wounds that caused the pain in the first place. The sixth ancestor of Zen, Hui Neng, specifically taught that to empty the mind of all thoughts during meditation is not a Buddhist practice. Sometimes I question myself if life is even real, and if there is a god, even though I have lost believing in him many years ago.
Where do these thoughts and feelings that rise and fall originate, and where do they go when they subside? I see people saying do not kill yourself, you have alot to live for, but really I do not, I feel im going to live life being useless, and just decay away without being loved or wanted. Wonderful things seem to happen out of the blue, but I believe it’s because I am more connected and allowing joy in my life. For a start, it appears like the Sun has upped his wattage; every thing is so bright even 3 hours after I finished meditating.
As for different types of meditation having different benefits, I have done several types (lovingkindness, mindfulness, guided imagery, chakra clearing, breath awareness, etc.) and they all have a positive effect. There are over 3,000 scientific studies on the benefits of meditation, but I have not found any blog that compiles hundreds of researches into an organized article, so I decided to fill in the gap.These studies were based on different types of meditation, and I have included details, whenever relevant.
For the first time I did not reach for a Cigg after breakfast and at 11AM, have not still smoked.
Some effects, such as increased compassion and social bonding, are more salient as a result of specific meditation techniques (such as loving-kindness, which is a Buddhist meditation).
However, my understanding and personal practice is that any kind of authentic meditation will include most of these benefits, in one degree or another. Good to take it every day.Click To TweetMindfulness practices decreases depressionIn a study conducted at five middle schools in Belgium, involving about 400 students (13 ~ 20 years old), Professor Filip Raes concludes that “students who follow an in-class mindfulness program report reduced indications of depression, anxiety and stress up to six months later.
Moreover, these students were less likely to develop pronounced depression-like symptoms.” Another study, from the University of California, made with patients with past depression, concluded that mindfulness meditation decreases ruminative thinking and dysfunctional beliefs.
Yet another concludes that mindfulness meditation may be effective to treat depression to a similar degree as antidepressant drug therapy”. Another research concludes that mindfulness meditation may be effective to treat anxiety to a similar degree as antidepressant drug therapy. Meditators were more able to “attend moment-to-moment to the stream of stimuli to which they are exposed and less likely to ‘get stuck’ on any one stimulus. There are other studies as well, for which I simply present the link below, to avoid repetition. At the end of it, MRI scans show that the grey matter concentration increases in areas of the brain involved in learning and memory, regulating emotions, sense of self, and having perspective.
The results suggest that:Meditation provides at least a short-term performance improvement even in novice meditators. In long term meditators, multiple hours spent in meditation are associated with a significant decrease in total sleep time when compared with age and sex matched controls who did not meditate.
Another study demonstrated that even with only 20 minutes a day of practice, students were able to improve their performance on tests of cognitive skill, in some cases doing 10 times better than the group that did not meditate.
They also performed better on information-processing tasks that were designed to induce deadline stress. Scientists suspect that gyrification is responsible for making the brain better at processing information, making decisions, forming memories and improving attention.
Ron Alexander reports in his book Wise Mind, Open Mind that the process of controlling the mind, through meditation, increases mental strength, resilience, and emotional intelligence. What they discovered is that the Zen meditation (called zazen) practitioners reported less pain. So, even though their brain may be receiving the same amount of pain input, in their mind’s there is actually less pain. Both before and after meditation training, study participants’ brain activity was examined using ASL MRI, while pain was inflicted in them by using heat. These neural relationships may be involved in the development of cognitive skills, such as maintaining attention and disengaging from distraction.
Moreover, the benefits of the practice were observed also in normal state of consciousness during the day, which speaks to the transference of cognitive abilities “off the cushion” into daily life. In a research conducted by the University of Washington and University of Arizona, Human Resource personnel were given 8 weeks of training in either mindfulness meditation or body relaxation techniques, and were given a stressful multitasking test both before and after training. The group of staff that had practiced meditation reported lower levels of stress and showed better memory for the tasks they had performed; they also switched tasks less often and remained focused on tasks longer.
In an experiment conducted by the University of California, a stream of random letters was shown in a computer screen, in rapid succession. In each session, one or two numbers or blank screens would appear in the middle, and participants were later asked, immediately after the stream ended, to type the numbers they saw.
Subjects that had undergone 3 months of intense Vipassana Meditation were found to have a better control over the distribution of attention and perception resources.
They showed less allocation of brain-resource for each letter shown, which resulted in reduction in “attentional-blink” size. Participants who had followed the practice performed better in a task where they were asked to creatively come up with new ideas. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.Click To TweetMeditation reduces risk of heart diseases and strokeMore people die of heart diseases in the world than any other illness.
In a study published in late 2012, a group of over 200 high-risk individuals was asked to either take a health education class promoting better diet and exercise or take a class on Transcendental Meditation. During the next 5 years researchers accompanying the participants found that those who took the meditation class had a 48% reduction in their overall risk of heart attack, stroke and death.
They noted that meditation “significantly reduced risk for mortality, myocardial infarction, and stroke in coronary heart disease patients. These changes were associated with lower blood pressure and psychosocial stress factors.” There are also other researches pointing out similar conclusions, about related health conditions. More specifically, it was noted reduced levels of pro-inflammatory genes, which in turn correlated with faster physical recovery from a stressful situation. One of them received mindfulness training, while the other received nutritional education, exercise and music therapy. The study concluded that mindfulness techniques were more effective in relieving inflammatory symptoms than other activities that promote well-being.
As a result, the researchers found significant improvement in the overall health status of the participants and in symptoms of stiffness, anxiety, and depression. They are also the cells that are attacked by HIV, the devastating virus that causes AIDS and has infected roughly 40 million people worldwide. Now, researchers at UCLA report that the practice of mindfulness meditation stopped the decline of CD4 T cells in HIV-positive patients suffering from stress, slowing the progression of the disease. Participants in the eight-week group showed no loss of CD4 T cells, indicating that mindfulness meditation training can buffer declines.
In contrast, the control group showed significant declines in CD4 T cells from pre-study to post-study. A brief mindfulness meditation-based stress reduction intervention delivered by audiotape during ultraviolet light therapy was found to increase the resolution of psoriatic lesions in patients with psoriasis.
According to a study from Emory University, such exercises effectively boost one’s ability to empathize with others by way of reading their facial expressions. Another study points out that the development of positive emotions through compassion builds up several personal resources, including “a loving attitude towards oneself and others, and includes self-acceptance, social support received, and positive relations with others”, as well as “feeling of competence about one’s life” and includes “pathways thinking, environmental mastery, purpose in life, and ego-resilience”. These results suggest that this easily implemented technique may help to increase positive social emotions and decrease social isolation”. In a similar situation, the practitioners also experienced decreased level of worry and emotional suppression. Mindfulness For Kids Mindfulness is the hottest thing in education since the advent of the blackboard. As a beginner who is just starting to practice meditation and struggling to find motivation, these articles help me make a lot.
In a couple of places, though, I read that meditation has only been found to be harmful for certain people with extreme cases of psycotic disorder.So, in general, it’s a pretty safe practice.Are you aware of any negative effect that you would like to share about?



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