Yoga has been practiced in Eastern culture particularly in India and China for thousand of years. It is only during the 1970s when Western scientists began their study about the positive effects of meditation in human.
On Eastern culture, however, it has been proven effective in achieving and maintaining health and wellness.
Scientists in the Western culture noticed many positive benefits of Yoga including perspiration, heart rate and numerous other signs of illness have been significantly declined as the individual relaxes through meditation technique.
Among the Western scientists who got interested and study meditation’s positive effects is Richard Davidson, PhD., University of Badger State.
In 1992, Davidson was invited by the 14th Dalai Lama to visit India to sketch the brains of monks, particularly the Buddhist monks who meditate more often and masters of meditation.
In that year, Davidson traveled to Bharat along with his high-tech equipment including laptop, EEG recording equipment, and power generator to power up his equipment to began working with the monks
Monks Form Three Patterns
- Laser-focused attention towards a single object over a long period of time
- Developed pity through thinking bad situations and transforming negative emotions into compassion
- OPEN PRESENCE, which is a State of being absolutely aware of any thoughts, sensation or emotion present without reactions
Discovering what’s on brains of the monks, Richard Davidson made a decision to know what are the effects of meditation among neophytes. He set up a group to do meditation consisting of over 40 employees at nearest biotech company along Wisconsin river
Knowing the that has on the monks’ brains, Davidson decided to realize what effect has on neophytes. He set up a cogitation with 41 employees at a nearby biotech company in Wisconsin River. This has been documented Psychosomatic Medicine 65: 564-570, 2003 1 — 2.
During that study, 25 or over 50% of the participants experienced what is known as enlightened mindfulness, which promotes a non-judgmental awareness of the present, a principle taught by Jon Kabat-Zinn director of University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Mindfulness.
Known Benefits Of Meditation Backed By Modern Science
Once relegated to the realm of new-age pseudo-science. There’s now hard evidence to back up the many benefits of meditation for the mind, body, and spirit.
Effects On The Mind
- Increases gray matter
- Cultivates power
- Builds focus and concentration
- Boosts cognitive function
Effects On The Body
- Decreases pain
- Boosts immune system
- Lowers blood pressure
- Eases inflammation
- Reduces heart risks
Effects On The Spirit or Energy(Qi)
- Builds self-knowledge
- Increases compassion
- Improves empathy
- Helps relationship satisfaction
More Positive Benefits That Overlaps Mind, Body, and Spirit
- Reduces depression
- Physically changes the brain
- Reduces loneliness
- Cuts emotional reactivity
- Fosters a healthy body image
- Eases stress and anxiety
- Helps sleep
These are known health benefits in our modern science backed for meditation. Certainly, there are far more benefits in which meditation and Yoga can offer that are immeasurable through clinical research and beyond modern equipment’s capacity to measure.
When a person achieves a full meditative state and does it regularly, that person’s body, mind, and spirit are in perfect harmony. This is what most experts call in the zone where the body is fully at ease. Artists and great writers have the habit of getting into the zone through meditation to awaken their full creative potential in their creations.
Check out this interesting infographic that summarizes the many health and wellness benefits of meditation…
Infographic originally published at HuffingtonPost