- October 22, 2019
This week, Mary’s back to tell us of yet another unexpected benefit of meditation: pain management. So next time you’re sore, instead of reaching for the ibuprofen, consider giving your stomach lining a break, as according to Mary, “studies show that you can simply turn to your breath.”
Indeed, “the feelings of pain, thoughts of pains and words with which we associate pain all occur in the minds, and under stress, these can intensify the pain. The term, ‘Relaxation Response’, coined by Dr. Herbert Benson, founder of Harvard’s Mind/Body Medical Institute, is elicited while meditating. The relaxed state halts the ‘fight or flight’ response and counteracts the physiological effects of stress. Turning to breath mediation to calm the body and mind can better help us manage pain and access an accurate course of treatment.”
What’s more, Mary’s informed us that “Harvard Medical School studies found evidence that meditation contributes to a healthy brain. Sara Lazar, Harvard Assistant Professor in Psychology, and her team show that meditators have more gray matter brain cells, cognition seems to be preserved in meditators, and that meditation slows down the age-related atrophy of certain areas of the brain.”
Stay tuned next week for more Meditation Mondays, and click here to view last week’s submission!
By NYHRC Meditation Expert Mary Krensavage