When you are unhappy, what do you do? Do you go out for a meal? Go to the cinema? The theatre, perhaps? Do you go shopping? Maybe you like a drink to overcome your unhappiness. Or do you get a buzz from jogging or going to the gym?
Whatever it is, scientists are in the process of proving that internal change is the only thing that can give you health and happiness. Everything else is an illusion.
What does this mean? Your brain is the only thing that can keep you healthy and happy.
Richard Davidson, a neuroscientist at the University of Wisconsin and Jon Kabat-Zinn from the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre have just completed some interesting research that can benefit you and me and how we run our lives.
They took a group of 41 stressed but otherwise healthy individuals working in a biotechnology firm in Wisconsin. Twenty-five taught meditation. In this case: mindfulness meditation. The group met for a 2.5 to 3-hour meditation class each week. After six weeks, they all attended a seven-hour meditation retreat. In addition, each member was asked to meditate, at home, for one hour a day using a guided meditation tape.
The other 16 were held as a control group and did not receive meditation training until the group completed the study.
At the end of the eight-week program, in November, they also gave all the participants a flu jab. And guess what. “The members of the meditation group had a significant increase in antibody titers”, in other words, and they have less chance of catching the flu.
The bottom line appears to be. Learning to meditate if you want good health, overcome the day-by-day blues, and maintain happiness. When you meditate, you change the way your brain operates.
In addition, they found the more you practice meditation, the better your daily performance.
“We found that the long time practitioners showed brain activation
on a scale we have never seen before. ‘Their mental practice is having
an effect on the brain in the same way basketball or football practice will enhance performance.
” It demonstrates that the brain is capable of being
trained and physically modified in ways few people can imagine.
So give yourself the space each day to train your brain. It works.
To your Good Health.
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