MEDITATION IS NOT MYSTICAL OR ESOTERIC. WHAT DOES MODERN SCIENCE SAY ABOUT MEDITATION?
Read the health sections of newspapers, check for an update on a health blog, or see if you've just received a new issue of a magazine. Most of the time, someone who reads a lot of health articles / news will find that there are many meditation studies done by science.
It is now widely recognized in the scientific community that meditation is good for your health. Not just in your mind, but also in your body and mind.
It is said that there have been hundreds, if not thousands, of different meditation studies since the 1950s.
In 2013, researchers at Johns Hopkins University published in the Journal of American Medical Association identified 47 studies that are considered well-designed and therefore reliable. Based on these studies, they concluded that there is moderate evidence that meditation reduces anxiety, depression, and pain, but no evidence that it is more effective than active treatment (medication, exercise, other behavioral therapies).
The research methods that were often included in such studies were EKG scans on participants, as well as MRI scans, recording of brainwave activity, behavioral studies, cognitive tests, and general pre-meditation health exams.
Almost all or even all studies have found that meditation has an impact on ourselves. Meditation has not been proven to be better than any other alternative such as therapy or medication for mental health treatment, but it is generally believed to have the same level of effectiveness.
Many books have been written on the subject of meditation and the scientific research done to understand the real benefits that happen to us when we begin to meditate.
One of the most incredible studies ever done on meditation was done at Monash University under the direction of Dr. Neil Bailey, a neuroscientist. and an MRI analyst Dr. Chao Suo. In this study, the participant underwent an 8-week program of regular meditation. Then he underwent all kinds of tests Neil Bailey could imagine. It was found that the participant had improved their memory and reaction time while exercising less brain activity. There were also changes in his brain structure – which means that the gray matter parts of the brain had increased in density. The denti gyrus – where new brain cells are produced in an adult's brain – had increased an astonishing 22.8%. This means that when we meditate, we actually make our brains bigger!
REGULARITY AND MEDITATION TIME
Experts advise us to exercise regularly, eat regularly, and sleep regularly during the day. Meditation is no different. To really feel the effects and make them more beneficial, we should set a specific time on the day that we can meditate with certainty. Maybe first thing in the morning? How about right after breakfast? Right after work? Maybe just before you go to sleep? Whatever best fits your schedule, try to keep the same time every day.
You can meditate more than once or as many times as you like, if time permits. However, the only important thing is that you don't skip a session often, swap the time of day too often, or be indulgent with yourself and let yourself get used to missing 5-10 minutes.
Many people use the excuse of not having enough time to meditate, and this often applies to people who have done it a lot in the past but seem to have made it a stale activity or lost interest in it all together. The key, however, is that some people would like to go through an hour or two at a time, which can also be encouraged. However, it is best for those who have less time to walk at least 5-10 minutes at a time. Your mind, body, and spirit need all day.