Buddhist monks often report that if something negative happens they are able to digest it and move on.
People who use meditation, including the Dalai Lama have said that the ability to control and direct your
thoughts can be very beneficial in terms of mental health.
Olivia Carter, University of Queensland
Benefits of Meditation
- ‘playfulness’ and ‘joyfulness’ in daily life (feelings of vitality)
- to be balanced
- more happiness and emotional stability
- better inter-personal relationships
- ability to cope with stress
- become aware of your own potentials
- increase one’s own flexibility
- increased creative potential
- increased self-actualization
- improved learning ability and memory
- not to be put down by vagueness and ambiguities
Stresses can stem from work, family, illness, or environment and can contribute to such conditions as anxiety, hypertension, depression and heart disease. How an individual perceives stresses, and how he or she handles them makes a big difference in terms of how much stress he or she experiences. The hormones and other biochemical compounds that enter our blood when we are stressed decrease during meditation techniques. These changes also stabilize over time, so that a person is actually less stressed biochemically during daily activity. This reduction of stress means less anxiety and tension. Literally dozens of studies have shown this.
Meditation techniques can help prevent or treat stress-related complaints such as anxiety, headaches as well as bone, muscle and joint problems.
Cancer and Other Chronic Illness
Meditation Ttchniques help centre people so they can figure out how they’d like to handle their illness and proceed with life.
Asthma, emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease all restrict breathing and raise fears of suffocation, which in turn makes breathing even more difficult. Studies show that when people with these respiratory conditions learn Breathing Meditation Techniques, they have fewer respiratory crises.
Recent studies suggest that Meditation Techniques balance the immune system to help the body resist disease, and there is significant data that Meditation Techniques can enhance healing.
See also the research report of the RESPONSE project (PDF file) published in 2007 and funded by the European Commission 6th Framework Programme.
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