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".