Scientists at England’s University of Manchester have confirmed how some people suffering from chronic pain might benefit from meditation-based therapies. They concluded that people that are more advanced in meditation practices(up to 35 years) are likely to anticipate and experience pain less than less-advanced meditators or non-meditators.http://youtu.be/QMgGMQJPJZA
“Meditation trains the brain to be more present-focused, and therefore to spend less time anticipating future negative events,” comments Christopher Brown, Ph.D., who conducted the research. When testing the pain tolerance of study participants using a noninvasive laser, the researchers noted unusal activity during anticipation of pain in part of the prefrontal cortex, an area of the brain known to be involved in controlling attention and thought processes when potential threats are perceived, but more study is needed.
Participants had a diverse range of experiences with various meditation practices, spanning from months to decades. All of them perform some form of mindfulness meditation–such as that which is the basis of the Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence for recurrent depression, because up to 50 percent of people with chronic pain experience depression.
“The importance of developing new treatments for chronic pain is clear,” says Brown. “Forty percent of people who suffer from chronic pain report inadequate management of their pain problem.”
Below is a list of some benefits of regular meditation practice:
-Stress symptoms are reduced.
-The immune system is strengthened.
-The nervous system is enlivened.
-Regenerative energies are awakened.
-Biologic aging processes are slowed.
-Thought processes are ordered, and organs, glands, and systems of the body are encouraged
to function more harmoniously and efficiently.
-Spiritual growth is quickened.
-Appreciation for living is enhanced.
People who are not consciously interested in spiritual growth should daily practice meditation for the life-enhancing benefits. Spontaneous, progressive spiritual growth will then occur naturally.
1. Sit in a Quiet Place~ In a comfortable chair, sit with spine and head erect to demonstrate clear intention and to remain alert. It is all right to sit on your bed or the floor with your legs crossed if you prefer this meditation posture and are comfortable.
2. Pray in Your Own Way~ Imagine and feel that the Infinite Presence is within and around you (it is). Release any sense of independent selfhood. Contemplate wholeness. If you don’t pray, at least open your mind and your being to the Infinite.
3. Use a Meditation Technique~ Use any technique you know to be helpful. A simple procedure is to mentally “listen” to a pleasant word or word-phrase. When you breathe in, listen to the word or the first word of your word-phrase. When you breathe out, listen to the word or the second word of your word-phrase. A single word can be “peace,” “light,” or “God.” A word-phrase can be “I am-peace,” “I am-light,”, or “OM-God.” Give your attention to the process, ignoring any shifting moods or thought processes. When you are relaxed and somewhat internalized, ignore the breathing cycle and listen to the inner mental sound.
4. Let Meditation Flow Spontaneously~ When mental peace is experienced, discard the practice of technique and rest in the tranquil silence. Your innate inclination to have awareness restored to wholeness will direct the meditation process. Surrender to it. Meditation will unfold spontaneously. Sit for at least twenty minutes for relaxation and absorption in superconscious peacefulness. Note: If you are not comfortable in the sitting position, place a blanket or a bolster underneath your bum so that your knees are below your hips.
5. Conclude the Session~ Meditate more than twenty minutes if you are inclined to do so. When you conclude your practice session, maintain awareness of yourself as a spiritual being as you attend to your chosen and necessary duties, routines, and relationships.
Once a week, twice a month, or once a month, on a regular schedule, meditate longer and deeper, resting in the aftereffects calm of meditation for as long as you feel inclined to do so. When you are physically relaxed and mentally and emotionally calm, superconsciousness will unfold. Superconsciousness is soul awareness, and is superior to ordinary states of wakefulness, sleep, or unconsciousness. Superconsciousness is redemptive. It purifies mind and body, unfolds innate understanding and spiritual qualities, and provides access to subjective knowledge of ourselves and of nature.
I hope this will be helpful in your everyday life. This world is stressful and we all need meditation to relax our mind, body and spirit for better health and well being. I meditate on a regular basis, sometimes twice a day and it makes a huge difference in my spirit, my mental awareness and outlook on life.
If you are meditating for the first time, take it slow, you don’t have to do twenty minutes, start out with five and work your way up. Meditation is not a harmful exercise, it is for your benefit.
I would love to know how you are progressing and feel free to leave any questions, I would be most honored to help.
Peace, love and light to all! Namaste