Meditation 101

Hundreds of modern scientific studies conclusively prove the far-reaching benefits of meditation.

Dr. Elizabeth Hoge, a psychiatrist and assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, found that meditating could even help those with generalized anxiety disorder, a condition marked by hard-to-control worries, poor sleep, and irritability. Source

Johns Hopkins researchers said that for depression, “we found a roughly 10 to 20 percent improvement in depressive symptoms compared to the placebo groups. This is similar to the effects of antidepressants in similar populations” Source

A study from the Benson-Henry Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital found meditators experienced the “relaxation response” rather than the”flight-or-flight” response–what happens when find ourselves in a stressful situation. This “relaxation response” relieves anxiety, decreases blood pressure, and helps our heart-rate and brain functioning. Source