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Scientific Outcomes of Calming Meditation. Skills Notes 6. Mindfulness, Calming Meditation, is working towards and leads to Awareness at a number of different levels. The calming meditation has a major role in spiritual development and happiness growth. In the last twenty or so years vast amounts of medical research have led to the understanding that regular mindful meditation assists with stability of the mind, flexible awareness, self-awareness and non-reactivity. Here are a few of the main proven benefits of mindfulness meditation: 1. Anxiety, stress, depression, exhaustion and irritability all decrease with regular sessions of meditation. Memory improves, reaction times become faster and mental and physical stamina increase. In short, regular meditators are happier and more contented, while being far less likely to suffer from psychological distress. 2. Mindfulness can dramatically reduce pain and the emotional reaction to it. Recent trials suggest that average pain ‘unpleasantness’ levels can be reduced by 57 per cent while accomplished meditators report reductions of up to 93 per cent. 3. Clinical trials show that mindfulness improves mood and quality of life in chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia and lower-back pain, in chronic functional disorders such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and in challenging medical illnesses, including multiple sclerosis and cancer. 4. Mindfulness improves working memory, creativity, attention span and reaction speeds. It also enhances mental and physical stamina and resilience. 5. Meditation improves emotional intelligence. 6. Mindfulness is at least as good as drugs, or counselling, for the treatment of clinical-level depression. One structured programme known as Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is now one of the preferred treatments recommended by the UK’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. 7. Mindfulness reduces addictive and self-destructive behaviours. These include the abuse of illegal and prescription drugs and excessive alcohol intake. 8. Meditation enhances brain function. It increases grey matter in areas associated with self-awareness, empathy, self-control and attention. It soothes the parts of the brain that produce stress hormones and builds those areas that lift mood and promote learning. It even reduces some of the thinning of certain areas of the brain that naturally occurs with ageing. 9. Meditation improves the immune system. Regular meditators are admitted to hospital far less often for cancer, heart disease and numerous infectious diseases. 10. Mindfulness may reduce ageing at the cellular level by promoting chromosomal health and resilience. 11. Meditation and mindfulness improve control of blood sugar in type II diabetes. 12. Meditation improves heart and circulatory health by reducing blood pressure and lowering the risk of hypertension. 13. Mindfulness reduces the risks of developing and dying from cardiovascular disease and lowers its severity should it arise. All this happens when there is a regular meditation programme in place along with personal action where changes in life-style are required.
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When depressed, we are living in the past. When sad we are usually immersed in painful memories from the past. When we are anxious, we are trying to plan and live in the future. Although the future is the consequence what is happening now there is no really significant way of shaping the future. As we reflect on times of peace, contentment and happiness these are the moments of living in the present. This is the only time to change current experience, make responses and continue to be happy.