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The Surprising Speed of Om

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Tom Bartlett wrote “The Surprising Speed of Om” on June 27, 2010.

I’m posting the ‘old’ article because he recently wrote about “The Monk and the Gunshot”.

Matthieu Ricard, a Buddhist monk (with 40 years of experience in meditation, PhD in cell genetics, the French interpreter for the Dalai Lama, and son of philosopher Jean-François Revel) proved “the act of engaging in meditation can modulate a reflexive response that is located in quite primitive regions of the human nervous system.”

Pretty cool stuff…
Add to older studies that suggest “meditation promotes brain activity, boosts the immune system, helps with insomnia, reduces pain, and increases the thickness of the meditator’s prefrontal cortex” and we have multiple reasons to ‘practice’.

The investigators noted, “Our findings show that there are immediate, short-term benefits to practicing mindfulness meditation. These benefits may have clinical implications. For instance, if a meditative state can be experienced after a brief training regimen, then individuals may feel more inclined to continue practice, which can lead to better health outcomes (Grossman et al., 2004). Moreover, meditation practice may be more attractive and easily disseminated if it can be shown to be effective without extensive training.”

I agree with Bartlett's conclusion, “a long weekend of meditating might make you a little bit smarter”. (At least calmer...)
Worth a try as we become "AWAKE! ALIVE! AWARE! and Appreciative of ALL that IS".

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  • _LINDA
    You hear nothing but good things about meditation! Calming and controlling your mind can only be good. Would really love to experience the effect of getting some sleep!!! Thanks for the link and info!
    1914 days ago
    I am nothing without meditation to keep me together.
    1914 days ago
    Solid science . .. mediation works (and I should work it more often . . . )
    1914 days ago
    I need to start meditating! Thank you!
    1914 days ago
    I may not be the most frequent meditator, but LOVE the calm it gives. The 21 day challenges are good for me, having something to check off every day. Now to get myself to do it without having the challenge!
    1914 days ago
    My husband and I are both meditating more and I hope to get my son to doing it. I have him doing calming exercises. So, meditation shouldn't be, too, far in the future.

    emoticon my friend
    1914 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/22/2012 6:06:31 PM
    I've always wanted to be come a great meditator but I have trouble with it. I guess I just don't know how to do it or don't practice enough. I'll have to work on that one. Thanks for sharing!
    1915 days ago
    Meditation has seemed to help with regaining some brain functions since my stroke so I also agree wotj Bartletts conclusion as well. Thank you for sharing as always :)
    1915 days ago
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