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MEY newsletter, Issue #004 -- scientific benefits of meditation
January 05, 2014

Hi, Namaste,my dear MEY friends,

I wish you a happy, healthy, peaceful and lucky 2014 with interesting breakthroughs in self-discovery.

My last newsletters were focussed on meditation, I would like to end this theme with these new elements which I have found. This is part of a literature study a psychology student did about the benefits of meditation.

from “ Meditation: Research: A Summary of the Field with a Bibliography of 926 Entries van Michael Murphy and Steven Donovan, The Esalen Transformation Project, San Francisco, 1985.” This research list has been approved by the prominent American Psychiatric Association

Physiological effects confirmed not confirmed total

(if you see two numbers = confirmed and total)

Cardiovasculair

reduction heart frequence 21 10 31

redistribution bleed 8 8

decrease boold pressure 21 6 27

Cerebral cortex

Increase alfa 34 34

peaks of theta 21 21

peaks of bheta 10 10

Synchronisation hemispheres 25 25

Specific cortex management 11 11

Chemical composition of blood

Decrease adrenaline hormones 7 7 14

Decrease lactate 10 2 12

Increase serotonine 1 1

Decrease cholesterol 2 2

Metabolism

Decrease oxygen use 43 43

Muscle tension

Decrease muscle tension - EMG 15 15

Skin resistance

Total skin resistance – GSR 24 9 33

Others

Saliva changes 11 11

Support in cancer treatment 14 14

Decrease of pain 12 12

Greater body control 17 17

Effects on behavior

Better visual/auditif perception 27 27

Faster reaction 8 3 11

Better spacial orientation 8 1 9

Better concentration 11 3 14

Increased intelligence 11 2 13

Increased empathy 18 18

Decrease ego-focus 7 7

Increase creativity 7 5 12

Bigger self-actualization 20 2 22

Increased sensitivity to hypnosis 4 3 7

Less fear 17 13 30

Support with psychotherapy 33 2 35

Decrease addictions 12 5 17

Personal findings

Evenness of temper 11 11

Non-attachment 6 6

Joy 4 4

Energy 7 7

Changed body image 8 8

So you see that meditation has a healing influence on many levels. It surely relaxes and decreases stress if we look at the physiological data. We see a clear trend in the positive direction regarding the psychological healing also of cancer patients, decrease of pain and people achieve greater self-actualization.

The emotional data is also interesting as it proves that meditation makes you become more even tempered, less attached and you feel greater well-being.

All the reasons to continue with our practices of Mindfulness: the bodyscans and the visualisation meditations that we practice together at every end of our session.

I knew it was of great benefit to all of us; to see it underlined by science makes it even more tangible! Next time i would like to present you some data about hatha yoga studies,

More in my next newsletter, If you have questions contact me through Facebook (Mindful Energizing Yoga page), or via the contact page on the site.

ciao Claudine " Kripa"

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