Science found the secret benefits of meditation.
Meditation has several benefits on our health. This is the reason why people in the past employed this practice. But only recently, science has begun to investigate the positive impact of meditation.
But before discussing the positive effect of meditation on our health, let us define first what is meditation.
Meditation is a relaxation technique. It is a process of disconnecting the mind from the noisy world and become thoughtless. Just like physical exercise, the practice can make it perfect. The more you engage yourself in the process, the more you experience the effects of meditation.
By practicing meditation, you’ll become more acquainted with the process of your own mind. The process will also allow you to enhance your capability to control your emotional response to environmental cues rather than being controlled by the environment.
The benefits of meditation
Hundreds of scientific studies had investigated the benefits of meditation. And it was found that ancient people were right. Meditation has several physical and mental benefits. Here are the results of those studies.
1. Meditation treat depression
Researcher and Professor Filip Raes conducted a study among middle schools students which involved 400 participants. The researcher found that “students who follow an in-class mindfulness program report reduced indications of depression, anxiety and stress up to six months later. Moreover, these students were less likely to develop pronounced depression-like symptoms.”
A similar study of the University of California found that meditation lessens negative thinking and dysfunctional beliefs.
2. Meditation treats depression among pregnant women
A study conducted by the University of Michigan Health System found that mindfulness meditation helps reduce pregnant women’s depressive symptoms. In addition, the mothers-to-be tend to have a more intense bond with their babies.
Read more: Medical News Today
3. Meditation helps regulate mood and other anxiety disorders
Another benefit of meditation is its ability to reduce emotional swings. This is one of the findings of more than 20 studies on PubMed, PsychInfo, and Cochrame Databases.
Read more: The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Jama Network
4. Meditation reduces symptoms of panic disorder
One research published in the American Journal of Psychiatry studied 22 people who were diagnosed with anxiety disorder. Three months of meditation and relaxation training were applied on the participants. The study found that 20 of those people had reduced panic and anxiety and further development was recorded upon follow-up.
Read more: American Journal of Psychiatry
5. Meditation improves focus and attention
A study at the University of California led by Katherine Maclean found that meditation training helped participants become more focused even on boring tasks.
Similar results found in an academic setting where students were able to improve their tests performance. Students who underwent 20 minutes meditation scored higher than those who did not meditate.
6. Meditation gives you mental strength and resiliency
Other benefits of meditation can be found in the book of Dr. Ron Alexander entitled “Wise Mind, Open Mind”. Alexander suggests that meditation is helpful to increase mental strength, resiliency and even emotional intelligence.
Read more: Dr. Ron Alexander
7. Meditation improves memory recall
Meditation is found to be effective in enhancing numerous mental abilities including memory recall. This is according to Catherine Kerr of the Matinos Center for Biomedical Imaging and Osher Research Centre.
Read more: PsychCentral
8. Meditation improves happiness
Meditation has been around for thousands of years. It made our ancestors healthy. Science now confirms the health benefits of meditation. It may be the time for us to use this wonderful technique and live our lives healthier and happier.
I’m a licensed psychometrician, author, and blogger. I’m currently working as a University instructor teaching psychology. I love writing and doing psychological research.