Some facts, statistics and scientific research on meditation
Scientific research into the positive effects of even a few minutes of daily meditation is burgeoning and the results are clear—meditation is good for you. Even Oprah says so!
So, what does the science actually say? And how does meditation help people? Here is a small selection of facts and statistics coming out of some of the scientific research. The list is very far from complete so please share any other findings you might know of on our Community forum page.
The Tibetan teacher Khandro Rinpoche says meditation is all about becoming more familiar with yourself.
Welcome to the What Meditation Really Is blog!
The aim of this blog is to celebrate and discuss meditation. And it’s for absolutely anyone with an interest in meditation—you don’t have to follow any particular spiritual tradition to join in.
Our intrepid bloggers are all seasoned meditators, and they will share their own personal experiences of practising or teaching meditation.
They will also take a look at the latest research on the effects and benefits of meditation, and talk about the practical ways in which meditation is now being applied in the world—in hospitals, schools and many other places.
Feel free to comment on the blog posts and chat in more depth on our forum. You can ask questions, share your own meditation tips and experiences, and flag up any interesting information that you’ve found elsewhere on the web.
We need persistence and patience if we want to reap the benefits of meditation, says Khandro Rinpoche.
Jon Kabat-Zinn, a pioneer of scientific research on meditation, lists the positive effects that meditation can have on the mind and body.