Can meditation help us heal?
You may have heard people talk about the miraculous and magical healing powers of meditation, but what’s actually going on?
Can you substitute your antibiotics for 20 minutes of meditation or cancel your trip to the hospital for an ashram?
Replacing traditional medical treatment for meditation is not recommended, however, over the last few years science has made some interesting discoveries in regards to meditations ability to support and promote the healing process as well as increase health, treat chronic pain and beat addiction.
How meditations heals
Meditations most beneficial trait when it comes to helping with healing is its ability to help us deal with stress. By using mindfulness to help lower our cortisol levels, we combat stress and increase our ability to heal.
Studies have shown that psychological stress can prolong healing for
physical wounds by 25%!
Obviously, these benefits don’t only help with wounds; any condition that’s is produced or made worse by stress can be relieved through meditation.
Herbert Benson, MD, Cardiologist and founder of the Mind/Body Institute at Harvard Medical School says “The relaxation response [from meditation] helps decrease metabolism, lowers blood pressure, and improves heart rate, breathing, and brain waves,”
To show how this works, Buddhist monks have had their brain activity monitored within an MRI machine whilst meditating. The results of these tests show an increase of activity in areas of the brain responsible for the control of metabolism and heart rate.
Healing the mind and the body
There has also been a number of studies that have found meditation to be just as beneficial in healing psychological trauma as well as physical.
Active service members battling post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) were taught Transcendental Meditation (a form of focused awareness/ mantra meditation) in an effort to reduce or eliminate their use of medicine and help them cope with the painful symptoms of PTSD.
After one month’s practice, 83.7% of the meditators had seen positive effects, reducing or stopping their use of drugs to treat their symptoms. Compared to those who didn’t meditate, only 59.4% had managed to reduce their use of pharmaceutical drugs.
If you are suffering from physical or mental health issues, we recommend seeking professional medical advice as your first port of call. Whilst meditation has been proven to help alleviate an array of conditions, we always encourage you to use it alongside medicinal and psychological help.
Watch this video of meditation expert Deepak Chopra talking about how the mind can heal the body.
Best Healing Meditations
Ultimately all meditation helps reduce stress, and reducing stress helps with healing. However, some meditation practices are more focused on stress reduction than others. Here are a few of our recommendations for courses we have that can help reduce stress and promote healing.
At its core mindfulness is about paying attention to our thoughts and feelings. By gaining more awareness of stressful emotions as they happen, we can have the presence of mind to take a step back from them before the stress response is initiated.
Chakra meditation focuses on unblocking and aligning the bodies energy centres that run from the top of the head to the base of the spine. Each chakra has a different quality attached to it, and if the flow of energy through that chakra is too high or low, it can have a negative effect.
For example, the root chakra represents security and personal safety; if it is underactive may cause sadness or depress.
Stress Relief Meditation.
If you are looking for something more direct, then we’ve created a course that teaches you a set of tools designed to eradicate stress at its deepest levels. This includes breathing techniques, present moment check-ins and deep body relaxations that can all be used to lower stress levels. All the techniques included in this course are straightforward and only require a few minutes to practice.