Meditation – Effects
The beneficial effects which result from constant practice of meditation is due to the resonance with the subtle energies of the Mind of God.
The specific effects are that it:
- makes possible the amplification and inner directing of mental and psychological processes.
- gradually eliminates nervousness, shallowness, lack of concentration, anxiety, depression, prejudice, psychosomatic diseases, and inferiority complexes.
- eliminates stress and simultaniously offers a state of calmness and harmony, both inside and outside us, which is reflected in improved relationships and communication.
- removes doubt, suspicion, psychological troubles, lack of spiritual energy, physical exhaustion.
- activates creative imagination.
- regenerates the personality rapidly and profoundly.
- establishes self knowledge of the innate potential of each individual.
- makes one aware of the depth of consciousness, subconsciousness and supra-consciousness.
- accelerates spiritual evolution.
- increases capacity to control emotions and thoughts.
- strengthens the mind and by revealing its potential, leads to growing Self-confidence.
- improves memory and intuition.
- open the supra-consciousness gate; that of intuitive knowledge and countless paranormal powers.
- creates changes not only in mental and emotional states but also in sensory perceptions: the individual becomes more open to ambience, more conscious of nature”s beauties and colors, of others” happiness and sadness. He feels the texture of life as the gardener feels the petals of a bud opening.
Psychologists who have used meditation in treating patients under clinical conditions demonstrate that for certain individuals, meditation reduces stress, anxieties, stress associated psycho-pathologies (insomnia, stammering, high blood pressure) and self-blaming. They also predict that meditation is useful for decreasing drug dependence, increasing self identity perception, improving mood, facilitating the expression of emotions, and increase activity and energy in general. Furthermore, meditation results in a calmer mind and a decrease of the impact of suffering. Physiologically Dr Lawrence Le Shan states: “Meditation essentially produces a physiological state of deep relaxation, along with a state of hyper-awareness. The metabolic coefficient lowers, as well as cardiac and breathe rhythm. The model of physiological responses of meditation differs from sleep or hypnosis. The physiological state produced by meditation appears to be opposite to that produced by rage or fear. From a technical point of view, we can say that meditation determinates a hypermetabolic state, completely different from the “alarmed defence” state, corresponding to the reaction of “fight or flight”. ”
In addition it:
- leads to a decrease of the metabolic coefficient, diminishing oxygen consumption and carbonic gas production.
- lessens the percentage of lactose in the blood which is determined by anxiety and stress; meditation does this almost 4 times faster than if the subject was resting calmly.
- increases skin resistence up to 400%. Interior agitation, anxiety and stress control the level of skin resistence to electricity.
- tends to slow down heart rhythm.
- dramatically increases the number of slow alpha waves (8-9 per second).
Conclusions: Our body responds this way during meditation simply due to the focusing of the mind upon the “theme” of meditation. Thus the signals to which the body responds are simpler and more coherent during meditation than during any other circumstances. This fact has a positive effect on our body, which manifests as a strong tendency towards normalizing its reactions, and towards being as relaxed and healthy as possible. Anxiety indicators recede, and the consciousness can be in a state of spiritual growth.