Empirically Supported Benefits
US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH (MEDITATION)
"Meditation is a mind and body practice that has a long history of use for increasing calmness and physical relaxation, improving psychological balance, coping with illness, and enhancing overall health and well-being. Mind and body practices focus on the interactions among the brain, mind, body, and behavior."
"There are many types of meditation, but most have four elements in common: a quiet location with as few distractions as possible; a specific, comfortable posture (sitting, lying down, walking, or in other positions); a focus of attention (a specially chosen word or set of words, an object, or the sensations of the breath); and an open attitude (letting distractions come and go naturally without judging them). The use of meditation increased more than threefold from 4.1% in 2012 to 14.2% in 2017."
AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION (MINDFULNESS)
"We (APA) define mindfulness as a moment-to-moment awareness of one's experience without judgment. In this sense, mindfulness is a state and not a trait. While it might be promoted by certain practices or activities, such as meditation, it is not equivalent to or synonymous with them."
"More specifically, research on mindfulness has identified these benefits: reduced rumination, stress reduction, boosts to working memory and focus, less emotional reactivity, more cognitive flexibility, relationship satisfaction, enhance self-insight, morality, Intuition and fear modulation, all functions associated with the brain's middle prefrontal lobe area, increased immune functioning, improvement to well-being, increase information processing speed, as well as decrease task effort and having thoughts that are unrelated to the task at hand."
EFFECTS OF STRESS
We now know that stress seems to worsen or increase the risk of heart disease, Alzheimer’s, depression, anxiety, diabetes, cancer, pain, osteoporosis, headaches, obesity, asthma, gastrointestinal problems, and premature death.COPE WITH EFFECTS OF STRESS
MEDITATION BENEFITS FOR PARENTS
Are you finding a sense of calm and balance even in the midst of everything going on? This is the power of meditation for parents.LEARN MORE