Meditation and Media Attention Part II

September 7, 2010 at 10:55 am (Benefits of Meditation, Meditation Basics, Why do we meditate?)

More in the Newspaper

This article reports on another long article that I found in the newspaper from Dr. Oz and Dr. Roiden. It was titled “Got Meditation? Calming technique can ease pain, too.’

It was a long article and had a number of pieces of useful information so I will treat it in two blog posts. This first post will be the findings that they reported as reasons to practice meditation to control pain, and the second part will be the suggested techniques.

Your brain’s supwerpowers can help conquer the most stubborn of miseries in the pain department. Research at one university shows that people who meditate for just 20 minutes a day saw their pain tolerance increase in just 4 days.

Volunteers tested their pain threshholds to an electric shock, and after 4 days of practicing meditation, a shock that was considered ‘high pain’ earlier was now relatively mild. No such change was evidenced in the control group that did not meditate.

This is not to say that the pain that you experience is ‘all in your head.’ Pain, particularly chronic pain is all too real. Meditation changes how we understand pain, and how we deal with it.

The relaxation and calming associated with the practice of meditation allows you to change the way you feel about pain, reduce its effect on your mind and body and minimize or eliminate the debilitating effects it can have on your life.

In a different university study, one of the changes was to teach your mind to stop anticipating the pain, and thereby reduce the stress associated with the onset or anticipated onset of pain.

The act of anticipating the pain increases it intensity and its debilitating effects tremendously. Reducing stress and pain means better sleep, more alertness, more focus and a better and more productive day.

The best part of this message is that you can have these beneficial effects without expensive lessons, without wierd postures or long hours of practice in a cave on the mountain.

Simple meditation techniques you can do in you own room for a few minutes per day will give you the relief you need and open the door to a lifelong practice that will heal your body and calm and empower your mind.

In the next post I will outline the three suggestions that they gave for beginning your own simple meditation practice. In the meantime, if you can’t wait, go on over to to learn right now,


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