What are the Benefits of Meditation?
Benefits of Meditation
Meditation enriches all aspects of your life – body, mind, spirit.
There are many proven benefits of meditation (scroll down for links to published medical research on meditation):
- It provides deep rest allowing the body to renew, repair, and rejuvenate.
- It provides downtime and true relaxation which is more important than ever in our fast-paced society.
- It helps us re-connect with that quiet and centered part of ourselves.
- It helps reduce anxiety (cortisol) and reduce depression and expands our capacity for happiness (affecting dopamine and serotonin levels).
- Meditation reduces stress (decreases cortisol and makes us better able to handle life’s challenges).
- Increases flow and synchronicities in life.
- Contributes to peak mental and physical performance.
- Releases stress and less stress means greater well-being, better digestion, improved sleep, and improved immune system function.
- Improves productivity and job satisfaction.
- Better health and reversal of aging (blood pressure normalization, DHEA enhanced, eyesight, hearing, reduced incidence of illness)
- Increases self-actualization, confidence, and improvement in social relationships.
- Increases intelligence (IQ) and creativity.
- And so much more…
Scientific Studies on the Benefits of Meditation:
Mindfulness-based stress reduction: a literature review and clinician’s guide. J Am Acad Nurse Pract. 2008 Apr;20(4):212-6. Praissman S. Source Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Patients and healthcare providers experiencing stress or stress-related symptoms benefit from MBSR programs. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18387018.
Relaxation training for anxiety: a ten-years systematic review with meta-analysis. BMC Psychiatry. 2008 Jun 2;8:41. Manzoni GM, Pagnini F, Castelnuovo G, Molinari E. Istituto Auxologico Italiano IRCCS, Psychology Research Laboratory, San Giuseppe Hospital, Verbania, Italy. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=18518981
A randomized, controlled trial of meditation for work stress, anxiety and depressed mood in full-time workers. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2011;2011:960583. Epub 2011 Jun 7. Manocha R, Black D, Sarris J, Stough C.. Discipline of Psychiatry, Sydney Medical School, Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney University, St Leonards, NSW 2065, Australia. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17291166
Elevated serum dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate levels in practitioners of the Transcendental Meditation (TM) and TM-Sidhi programs. Glaser JL, Brind JL, Vogelman JH, Eisner MJ, Dillbeck MC, Wallace RK, Chopra D, Orentreich N. Department of Physiological and Biological Sciences, Maharishi International University, Fairfield, Iowa 52556. Published in J Behav Med. 1992 Aug;15(4):327-41. The mean TM-group levels measured in all women and in the older men were generally comparable to those of nonmeditator groups 5 to 10 years younger. These findings suggest that some characteristics of TM practitioners are modifying the age-related deterioration in DHEA-S secretion by the adrenal cortex. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1404349
Effects of the Transcendental Meditation program on adaptive mechanisms: changes in hormone levels and responses to stress after 4 months of practice. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 1997 May;22(4):277-95. MacLean CR, Walton KG, Wenneberg SR, Levitsky DK, Mandarino JP, Waziri R, Hillis SL, Schneider RH.Source: Center for Health and Ageing Studies, Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, IA 52557, USA. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9226731
Effects of brief and sham mindfulness meditation on mood and cardiovascular variables” J Altern Complement Med. 2010 Aug;16 (8):867-73. Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem. These results indicate that brief meditation training has beneficial effects on mood and cardiovascular variables that go beyond the demand characteristics of a sham meditation intervention. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20666590
Blood pressure response to transcendental meditation: a meta-analysis. Anderson JW, Liu C, Kryscio RJ. Am J Hypertens. 2008 Mar;21(3):310-6. Epub 2008 Jan 31. The regular practice of Transcendental Meditation may have the potential to reduce systolic and diastolic blood pressure by approximately 4.7 and 3.2 mm Hg, respectively. These are clinically meaningful changes. . http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18311126
Passage meditation reduces perceived stress in health professionals: a randomized, controlled trial. Oman D, Hedberg J, Thoresen CE. Source: Public Health Institute, Oakland, CA, USA. ublished in J Consult Clin Psychol. 2006 Aug;74(4):714-9. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16881779 . P
The benefits of frequent positive affect: does happiness lead to success? Psychol Bull. 2005 Nov;131(6):803-55.Lyubomirsky S, King L, Diener E. Source: Department of Psychology, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521, USA. The results reveal that happiness is associated with and precedes numerous successful outcomes, as well as behaviors paralleling success. Furthermore, the evidence suggests that positive affect–the hallmark of well-being–may be the cause of many of the desirable characteristics, resources, and successes correlated with happiness. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16351326 ….(This study is included because meditation is proven to help create positive affect and positive affect is associated with increased success in life).
The ultimate reason for meditation is to return us to our wholeness, expand our awareness and accelerate our spiritual growth. Lisa Guyman teaches Primordial Sound Meditation. During this practice our minds become quiet allowing our bodies to gain the deep rest necessary to release stress and fatigue. In meditation we reconnect with our essence. This connection extends into our daily lives and can result in improved health, more fulfilling relationships, enthusiasm for life and increased creativity.
Q & A on Meditation
Please share your thoughts below on what benefits have you noticed from learning to meditate? Would you encourage others to take up a practice?