Although yogis and shamans alike have known for hundreds of years that meditation not only benefits one’s physical and mental well being, but also one’s spiritual side, until recently science has been somewhat reluctant to sign off on these same benefits.
Fortunately in today’s world, science now has the ability to use their tools to measure the profound effect that meditation has on a person, most especially when it comes to stress.
Melissa Lahoud pens this latest Sydney Morning Herald post on a recent study done at Sydney University that measured mood changes in 178 full-time workers who practiced meditation twice daily at homes for 10 to 20 minutes over eight weeks. According to the study, improvement to mood and depression was twice as high as those in the control group. The purpose of the practice was to reduce stress by teaching people how to become aware of the space between their thoughts.
Meditation triggers change in electrical activity of the brain, improving the mind and body in measurable ways, the latest study on work stress, led by Dr Ramesh Manocha at Sydney University, reveals.
“Within the context of meditation and stress, it’s the largest study in the world … and we’ve applied some rigorous conditions,” Dr Manocha said.
The secret to the success of the study, he said, was the ”mental silence” traditional approach used in Sahaja Yoga.
“What authentic techniques should do is show you how to widen space between thoughts until the space is so large you have no thoughts whatsoever in that moment,” he said.
Read more on this meditation study done by Sydney University here.