Is living longer really a meditation Benefit?

The stress of everyday life can have direct toil on our health; in fact our very chromosomes are affected by stress. At the ends of our chromosomes are little caps that protect our DNA called telomeres.  When we are stressed the telomeres, which normally get a bit shorter each time a cell divides, begin to show exceptional wear, causing disruption to the cell’s life cycle, which in turn causing ageing.

Is living longer really a meditation Benefit?

Is living longer really a meditation Benefit?

However, there is an enzyme that can repair the telomeres, called telomerase, which maintains and prolongs the life of our cells. And you guess it, one of the benefits of meditation is an increase in telomerase, which slows the unraveling of the telomeres.ᅠ

By Miriam Stoppard, Daily Mirror 19/05/2011 The benefits of meditation are many, as anyone who meditates knows, but claiming it can help you live longer seems a trifle OTT. However, a good study from a meditation centre in Colorado, US, suggests that

Scientific studies have shown that regular meditators have greater telomerase activity in their immune cells. This is a benefit that you get from any type of meditation, though most of the studies used mindfulness meditation techniques.

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ZEN Stillness as a Meditation Benefit

“Whenever you feel Turmoil around you Ensure stillness Surrounds you.”
ZEN Stillness
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A short Meditative Break – Zen style.

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Finding Your Peace is a Meditation Benefit

Meditation is a way to find personal peace and as a consequence finding personal peace the world is more peaceful. Ed and Deb Shapiro address this topic and quote contributors, Lindsay Crouse and Matthew Fox, from their wonderful new book, “Be The Change.”ᅠ

When we find our peace, as we do in meditation, then that means there is one less person suffering and one less person causing suffering to others. We have spent the better part of our lives studying, practicing and teaching meditation in different

This meditation benefit was summed up so eloquently thousands of years ago by Lao Tsu;

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Lao Tsu-Peace is a Meditation Benefit

If there is to be peace in the world,
there must be peace in the nations.
If there is to be peace in the nations,
there must be peace in the cities.
If there is to be peace in the cities,
there must be peace between neighbors.
If there is to be peace between neighbors,
there must be peace in the home.
If there is to be peace in the home,
there must be peace in the heart.

Meditation is the key finding ‘peace in the heart.

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Traditional Buddhist Meditation Chants for healing

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The second is music of traditional Buddhist meditation healing chants for relaxation and good health.

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Meditating lawyers-an Oxymoron?

Did you know that twenty percent of American lawyers’ abuse drug or alcohol or those male lawyers between the ages of 20 and 64 are twice as likely to die from suicide as their peers in other occupations? Attorneys are under constant stress, so who more in need of a little meditation? Well, as it turns out, that question has been asked and answered, and as early as 1998, when organized meditation retreats were set up for Yale law students and faculty.

I had been searching for meditating lawyers – yes, I mean meditation, not mediation – since a few days earlier when I happened to meet one in a parking lot. The woman – Barbara, a managing partner at a hedge fund – was in the throes of a merger when I

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It also turn out that stress reduction isn’t the only meditation benefit that the attorneys enjoy or that the attorneys are the only beneficiaries. Mindfulness maybe leading to greater innovations in the law, such as “collaborative law,” and “restorative justice,” an approach to criminal law, that among other things, emphasizes healing and rehabilitation.

So is a meditating lawyer an oxymoron? No, and it would seem that a new meditation benefit is, its potential to transform the law to a healing profession with the attorneys as peacemakers.

Meditation Benefits and Neuroscience

The Benefits of Meditation – the New Frontier of Neuroscience

Neuroscience has to be the number one topic related to meditation benefits this week. A research study published on line April 21st in the Brain Research Bulletin showed that a regular practice of meditation can help those who suffer from chronic pain. This seems to be happening as the result of control over specific brain waves, the alpha waves. And it’s these alpha waves that create the patterns which minimize distractions reducing the chance that other stimuli will get the meditators attention.

Meditation Benefits and Neuroscience

Meditation Benefits and Neuroscience


These types of studies have been going on for years; for example a study in 1966, showed elevated alpha rhythms throughout the brains of a group of Buddhist monks, who had a regular meditation practice. It was found during that study that it’s the different types of brain waves which regulate the flow of information between brain cells.

More recent studies in neuroscience are showing meditation affects the brain in many positive ways. It’s showing that meditation activates the pre-frontal cortex, causing the release of neurotransmitters, including brain opiates, serotonin, oxytocin and even dopamine, the body’s natural antidepressant.

Enter Dr. Richard Davidson

Dr. Richard Davidson, director of the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior, is a pioneer leading the way, for almost twenty years, using neuroscience to study meditation. Invited and encouraged by the Dalai Lama in his research on the effects on the brain of meditation, Davidson has given the chance to examine Tibetan Buddhists in his own lab.

Through his research, Dr. Davidson has discovered that monks that meditated on lovingkindness and compassion generated remarkable brain wave intensity, and that this intensely compassionate state of mind could be exercised in the same way a muscle is.

In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in November 2004, Dr. Davidson and his team found if the meditation could enhance the brain’s ability to produce emotions, it might also be used to modify or control responses like depression.

The actual research title of the Harvard and MIT, April 21st study was , “effects of mindfulness meditation training on anticipatory alpha modulation in primary somatosensory cortex,” which is the explanation that the researchers believe answers the question, why does meditation help alleviate chronic pain symptoms. So, while this MIT study has been this week’s ‘hot topic’ in neuroscience and meditation benefits, meditation, it turns out, has been on the ‘new frontier’ of neuroscience for a long time now.

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Meditation, Neuroscience and Culture summer courses at the Brown University Contemplative Studies Summer Program see @Browncontemplat

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MEDITATION AND THE BRAIN course will cover cutting-edge neuroscience. Presented by 2 Brown professors

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