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This afternoon, I participated in a TV program on the effects of meditation on healing. As part of my preparation, I re-read The Joy of Living by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche and used examples of his experience with neurological tests at the Waisman lab in Madison. Wisconsin. The scientists used fMRI technology to capture a moment by moment record of changing levels of activity in areas of the brain and EEG equipment to measure electrical impulses. The results showed prominent activity in areas of the brain showing empathy in the experienced meditators, compared to minimal activity in a control group. He explains how meditation training overrode his youthful panic attacks and enabled him to become a worldwide teacher of meditation.

One of the interviewer’s question was “How does a person’s state of mind affect their well-being?”
The brain can effect real changes in our everyday living. We know from our own experience that what we think and perceive affects our feelings about ourselves and our relationship to others and to the world. We can befriend the mind, observe the thoughts and feelings that come and go, like clouds in a clear blue sky. If anxiety, fear or anger appear, meditation helps us observe the feelings, feel them and let them go. We are not slaves to our feelings or moods. Our state of mind can change, affecting our perceptions and our actions. Meditation can help us stop, breathe and become aware of the state of our bodies, our minds and emotions. Calm, peace and joy in our minds can bring greater calm, peace, joy and well-being not only to ourselves but to all other living beings to whom we are connected.

I have seen the healing effects of meditation, especially walking and movement forms of meditation, in my own arthritic joints and in the calming of spasms in someone suffering from Parkinson’s disease, as I led him through a deep relaxation form of meditation. YES, meditation can heal, calm, restore, energize, enliven and nourish our joy, happiness, peace and love.

Why not try relaxing and breathing for a moment right now?

One Comment

  1. Aw, this was a very good post. Finding the time and actual effort to produce
    a great article… but what can I say… I hesitate a whole lot
    and don’t seem to get nearly anything done.

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