Research has demonstrated the benefits of meditation for the following conditions:

  • Anxiety
  • Blood pressure
  • Cancer
  • Carotid atherosclerosis
  • Chronic pain
  • Cognitive function in the elderly
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Longevity
  • Obesity
  • Psoriasis
  • Psychiatric disorders
  • Serum cholesterol
  • Smoking cessation
  • Tension headaches

Practitioners of meditation may experience the following effects:

  • Increased sense of self-determination and freedom, instead of feeling like a passive victim
  • Less focus on self (own desires and needs) in exchange for enhanced love and compassion for others
  • Deepening of spiritual life and religious experience
  • With time and persistent practice, release of negative habits of grasping, desire, aversion, anger, and fear
  • Feeling of oneness and connection increasing in frequency and duration

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Disclaimer: This information is for general education. Please work with your health care practitioner to use it in the best way possible to promote your health and happiness.

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