Perhaps you’ve asked yourself if meditation really works, and if so how?
The truth of the matter comes down to what you mean exactly by “work.” For example, what is your goal when it comes to meditating? Are you looking for spiritual insight, emotional benefits (i.e. stress reduction), and/or health benefits?
Dozens of studies have been conducted on meditation in an attempt to quantify the effects it might have and not just on a person, but on a group of people or community as well.
Meditation and it’s benefits
It goes without saying that meditation is a very personal experience.
And though you can find a number of books on meditation, it often takes on many forms. In fact, some people may not even be aware that they are meditating (e.g. they may “define” their activity as praying or “quiet time.”)
Regardless of the form of meditation, it is typically understood as spending time where one turns off an awareness of their “outer” environment in order to turn “inwards.” And in doing so many people report that time spent in silence focusing their attention helps them to:
- gain clarity or wisdom
- relieve stress
- enhance well being
- lower blood pressure
- reduce pain
- improve sleep
- along with a host of other health benefits.
In fact, Deepak Chopra, long time advocate of meditation, was asked once in an interview to recall the last time he was sick.
That in more than 30 years he couldn’t recall being sick a single day in all that time.
Meditation and research studies
According to a recent meta-analysis study conducted by Peter Sedlmeier of the Department of Psychology at Chemnitz University of Technology in Germany, meditation does provide positive physical and mental health benefits.
Many people say they “feel better” by meditating, but this is not something that is easy to quantify or measure.
With this in mind Sedlmeier chose to focus not on the emotional changes resulting from meditation, but rather cognitive and other psychological indicators. Sedlmeier performed a meta-analysis of 125 separate studies that reported findings on meditation techniques.
His focus was to determine if meditation had positive effects.
According to his findings “The evidence accumulated in the present meta-analysis yields a clear answer: YES!.” Meditation improves peoples lives, both psychologically and physically.
Meditation works by skillfully leading your nervous system from sympathetic dominance to parasympathetic dominance, which allows feelings of well-being to emerge.
Scientific studies have shown that regardless of why meditation is being used, i.e. to gain personal awareness, universal enlightenment, or to address psychological issues such as substance abuse, the overall effect is a positive one.
Nuuminous, the non-profit organization sponsoring the Albany Peace Project (APP), offers programs that teach people how to skillfully lift their consciousness to experience the well-being that is within all of us. If you are interested in learning more about Numinous programs, please visit: www.NUMINOUSONLINE.com,
And…participate in the Albany Peace Project from the privacy of your own home by follow Albany Peace Project on Facebook by Liking them today, or signing up through the green box on this home page of this website.
The Albany Peace Project will be inviting people to “catch the wave” of lifted consciousness as they join with hundreds of other meditators to focus their positive intentions on the city of Albany during January 2014. The study will begin with a “Catch The Wave” Concert at the Unity Church of Albany on January 1, 2014 at 12:00 PM. This concert will be streamed “live” on the internet, and volunteersncan also continue participating from home through daily internet meditations.
Our APP study is based on several other studies that have suggested when a group of individuals focus on peace, their is a calming effect on the entire population. Here is link to one of the most exciting studies, It is the results of a peace experiment that was performed by Lynn Mctaggert and her team of scientists on the 10 year anniversary of 9/11. Click Here To Learn More…
“Together we can help create a peaceful, just, sustainable and healthy world.”
~ Deepak Chopra