Scientific Studies Measure Mind-Body Connection in Meditation
While some scientists are skeptical about the mind/body connection and consider it to be an element of pseudoscience, there is growing evidence which is peer-reviewed that shows a direct link in functionality between our minds and bodies.
A research group has devised a method of measurement of physiological phenomena which is connected to stress reduction that is based on mindfulness. According to their research, meditation helps to synchronize brain and heart processes.
There are actually quite a few reputable studies which prove that meditation has a tangible and positive effect on the human body. Scientists from Harvard published an array of studies which detailed the physiological and biological effects of meditation upon the brain and stomach.
If you’ve ever meditated for even ten minutes, you probably already know that it calms you and gives you a sense of being centered. It clears away negative thoughts and lets in peace and love. Scientific studies are explaining why…
Now, we’d like to talk about important data which comes from researchers at Hong Kong’s Centre for Buddhist Studies.
The director of the Centre told a reporter at Newsweek that the practice of MBSR (Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction) helps to create more synchronization between brain and heart, which is great for the body. Data from the study was published and peer-reviewed. The study lasted eight weeks and featured eleven graduate students who had no experience with meditation programs.
Studies such as this definitely underscore the wisdom of ancient cultures which encouraged meditation. Meditation is good for us!
Discover the Power of Heart Coherence
Scientific researchers at the HeartMath Institute are also studying heart-mind synchronicity. The Institute’s Director, Dr. Rollin McCarthy, has remarked that meditation which fosters a sense of compassion and love causes our hearts to generate measurable electromagnetic waves, which travel into local field environments. These waves make social coherence easier! When heart coherence builds, an energy field emerges which helps others to connect with their own hearts.
Is heart coherence the secret of global coherence? it may not solve everything, but it definitely won’t hurt.
How Does Epigenetics Factor In?
Epigenetics is the study of alterations in organisms which are triggered by a modification of “gene expression”. Epigenetics shows us that DNA and genes aren’t in control of our biology. Instead, DNA is controlled via signals which are situated outside of cells, which come with messages that are derived from our thoughts.
Bruce Lipton is a leading authority on epigenetics. He’s a cellular biologist. In his opinion, our feelings do regulate our genetic expression. He wrote about this interaction between mind and body in his books, Spontaneous Evolution and The Biology of Belief.
It’s interesting to note that the placebo effect is a facet of epigenetics (this is what Lipton believes). There will be great value in discovering the best way to leverage the power of the placebo effect as a treatment for illness.
A study showed that patients who felt nauseated chronically, in a severe way, were able to find relief via the placebo effect. They were told that they were getting an effective treatment for nausea and received a placebo instead (a “dummy pill”). The dummy pill was actually designed to make their nausea worse. Despite the properties of the dummy pill, the patients who received the placebo felt that it helped them. Basically, their brains decreased the nausea that they were feeling. This is startling as the dummy pills should have made them feel much worse.
Change begins from the inside. Lots of people on Earth are not happy people and their mindsets may negatively impact their health and the health of those around them. Mind-body connection is extremely important. Our feelings may indeed trigger physiological responses in other people.
We Need to Master Our Feelings
It would be helpful if schoolchildren were able to learn how to master (or just manage) their feelings at a young age.
During 1999, a study performed by a statistics professor who works at UC Irvine showed that people who take daily doses of aspirin for the purpose of preventing heart attacks had stronger results during paraphysiological experiments. Since these stronger results were proven, why are most scientific authorities so reluctant to acknowledge psi experiments?
It’s possible that many scientists are concerned about the link between the mind-body connection and magic, superstition and spiritualism. Lots of scientists are clearly more interested in staying far away from “pseudoscience” than they are with promoting scientific exploration. Hopefully, in the future, a new spirit of true academic freedom will prevail and the connection between heart and mind, as it relates to the individual and society as a whole, will be the subject of further study.
The studies that we’ve talked about today show that there is a strong mind-body connection and that heart coherence offers amazing possibilities in terms of helping groups of people to come together and get things done effectively.