Meditation Linked to Better Well-Being and Health

by Cherie Miranda on May 17, 2012

As a reader of this blog, you know by now that meditation is linked to all kinds of health benefits—physical, mental, and spiritual.

I’ve written about many studies that have shown meditation to be beneficial for certain issues, such as insomnia or stress. However, I ran across one study that is more general in nature. What I like about this study, which links meditation to better overall well being and health, is that it really shows how meditation benefits everyone.

The study centered around participants who were considered “long-term” meditators, which simply means that they had been meditating for at least two years. What researchers found is that these people were more than 10% better off than the general population.

The original article linking meditation to better health and well being was published at MedicalXpress. The lead researcher had some interesting things to say:

“’We found that the health and wellbeing profile of people who had meditated for at least two years was significantly higher in the majority of health and wellbeing categories when compared to the Australian population,’ said Dr. Ramesh Manocha, Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Psychiatry, Sydney Medical School, who led the research.”

According to Dr. Manocha’s findings, it is the periods of mental silence that really produced the results. The majority of study participants, 84%, reported experiencing periods of mental silence at least once or twice per day.  The length of this mental silence was simply defined as “more than a few minutes at a time.”

While Dr. Manocha and his team expected “that there would be some differences between the meditators and the general population we didn’t expect the findings to be so pronounced. We repeated large components of the survey several times to confirm our results and got the same outcomes.”

Dr. Manocha concluded that his research, along with that from other clinical trials, makes a strong case for meditation as a primary strategy for prevention. I couldn’t agree more.

While the study doesn’t provide anything that most of you reading this blog didn’t already know, I always find it fascinating when scientific studies back up what the sages have known for centuries.

If you haven’t started your meditation practice, why not take 5 minutes today and give it a try? You’ve got nothing to lose and so much to gain—even if it’s just better overall wellbeing and health. Who doesn’t want that?

For more information and to have most of your questions answered, please read the original article at MedicalXpress.

Enjoy, and happy meditating!

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Plant Based Enzymes And Vitamins May 17, 2012 at 8:35 pm

We should all be striving for more “mental silence” through daily meditation.

Yours In Health!

G.E. Moon II
Have Your Salad On The Go</a

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How Women Can Ruin First Dates May 17, 2012 at 8:43 pm

Hi Cherie,

Practicing lowering our heart rate and destressing our lives indeed surely must lead to better health and well being all around.

Happy Dating and Relationships,

April Braswell, CHt, RH

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Clare Delaney May 18, 2012 at 7:03 am

Now that I’m meditating (thanks to your site), I’m beginning to wonder why it took me so long!

EcoFriendlyLink – the ‘genuinely green’ website

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Covert Hypnosis: 3 Confidence Building Techniques May 18, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Cherie,
Thank you for the article. Makes me feel better.

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Body language of agreement May 19, 2012 at 12:42 am

Even more reasons why meditation can help just about every circumstance.
Scott Sylvan Bell

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Kevin Hogan May 19, 2012 at 7:41 am

It is wonderful that meditation studies are finding so much, and can’t wait for more information!

Mark Hogan

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Kettlebells and Functional Movement May 19, 2012 at 9:03 pm

I had a patient who meditated an hour a day. He was so calm and his muscles were so relaxed. That is something I rarely see. He had been doing it for 10 years and I was so impressed that he made time for it every day. From what I have read in your posts, he is on to something.

With Passion & Conviction,

Wendy
Wendy Schauer: Author, Speaker, Chiropractor, Kettlebell Trainer

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Michael D Walker May 20, 2012 at 11:36 pm

Great to see more studies confirming meditation linked to better well being and health!

Michael

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Lyle R. Johnson: The Sales Wizard & Mentor May 21, 2012 at 5:50 pm

I was out shopping today … T-Shirt said “I Stress, therefore I Meditate” … you are really getting the word around, Cherie.

Lyle R. Johnson – aka The Sales Wizard

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