A famous quote by Buddha says, “What you think you become, what you feel you attract, what you imagine you create.” Buddha knew that the human body reacts to everything that a mind believes. The human brain is a very complex system, and even scientists have been able to scratch only the surface of it. The decision making inside the mind results from thoughts, emotions, either positive or negative.
Our modern-day life is brimming with a variety of feelings based on the environment, like stress, anxiety, joy, fear, or gratification. It’s obvious that the average person aims to have a positive or happy life. For centuries now, in the psychology world, imparting a positive thought process is very critical for sound mental health.
Today, many scientific studies show that mindfulness meditation can reduce blood pressure, help control anxiety, cure irritable bowel syndrome, treat insomnia, and support your overall well-being. Neuroscientists use advanced techniques like MRI and EEG (electroencephalography diagnostic test) to capture the brain’s physiology at rest and active states. The research has given significant evidence that meditation can alter the brain’s process. And, that same change has the potential to heal the body.
But first, what really is meditation?
According to the Medical Dictionary, meditation is “a practice of concentrated focus upon a sound, object, visualization, the breath, movement, or attention itself to increase awareness of the present.” In practicing meditation, it reduces stress, promotes relaxation, and enhance personal and spiritual growth.
The popular method of practicing the meditative state is by finding a quiet place, relax your body, breathe in and out as you concentrate in the present moment and not judge the thoughts that cross your mind.
If you are like most people, sometimes it’s hard to believe the benefits of meditation, for one, because it can come across complex or two, you don’t have the time to do such practice. Those are common excuses among the population, and it’s reasonable. However, you might think differently if you learn about the studies performed on meditation proving the benefits. I’ll let you be the judge.
According to studies, meditation helps to….
In 2016, Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) conducted a study, focusing on the practice of meditation versus taking opiates. The medical approach of pain management, specifically consuming medication, is a standard method to treat pain; however, also the most potent form when engaging with the receptors in the brain.
The study could prove how conducting a mind-body intervention, “focusing on the breath” without an increased awareness of the external sensations (pain), is moderately active for pain relief. As a result, the study confirms that alternative medicine like meditation is more beneficial instead of taking opiates for pain relief.
As we all know, the more natural, the better for the mind and body.
Lower High-Blood Pressure
In Kent State University, two researchers could prove how stress-relieving meditation could reduce blood pressure. The professors conducted a two-year study involving 56 adults in Northeast Ohio. The participants saw a significant decrease in blood pressure measurements when compared with others who received alternative therapy like progressive muscle relaxation.
Both researchers came to the same conclusion that mindfulness meditation focused on relieving stress “may be an appropriate complementary treatment.” This kind of practice is ideal for those who want to take part in lifestyle changes and avoid taking medication.
Reduces Severity of Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Women
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is an intestinal disorder causing pain in the belly, causes gas, diarrhea, and constipation. It’s not a comfortable struggle to have, especially if you’re the type that likes to go out and be with friends; IBS can definitely impede your entertaining activities.
At the University of North Carolina and Florida State University, 75 women with IBS were randomly assigned to a mindfulness training or put into an IBS social support group. Both gatherings took part in activities with their assigned group and had homework to track progress. Researchers assessed all participants at the start of the treatment, at 8-weeks, and 3-months after the treatment ended.
Researchers could determine after analyzing and comparing their reviews, that those in the mindfulness group had an immense reduction in IBS symptoms after the training, and even in the 3-month follow-up – this proves participants were experiencing fewer symptoms after an extended period with no medication involved.
Treat Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia
No one likes to feel sad, anxious, or have restless nights of sleep, yet they exist.
In a Harvard Medical study, researchers were able to prove that meditation is effective for those suffering from depression. The mindful practice seems to change certain regions of the brain related to depression.
In simple terms, without going all science-
The Harvard study shows that if someone takes time to meditate – the practice of shifting your focus to your breath or the exterior sounds, the ‘me center’ (medial prefrontal cortex) calms down and ‘changes the thinking.’ The practice of meditating removes the override mode and allows the body to shift into a state of calmness.
It’s not only Buddha but also the modern scientific community of the 21st century, confirming life-changing impacts from meditation. The crucial treasure among all things is humanity able to live a healthy life, and mindful meditation proves to be a perfect way, according to studies. The element most attractive is how this practice comes 100% risk-free and no side effects besides euphoric happiness.
What more could we ask for that’s better than an overall happy life?