Scientific research and statistics on the meditation techniques in general and Maha Meditation in particular
- Stimulate the intrinsic self-healing systems Meditation helps release stress and fatigue, rest the body, and thus allow it to heal naturally by reducing the toxic chemistries of stress.” 1 A group of inner-city residents suffering from chronic pain, anxiety, depression, diabetes and hypertension were trained in meditation. They experienced a 50% reduction in overall psychiatric symptoms, a 70% decrease in anxiety, and a 44% reduction in medical symptoms. 2 80% of Maha Meditators reported that wounds and injuries healed more quickly, scars and skin discoloration disappeared, blood circulation improved and their metabolism became more balanced. *
- Restore physical health and relieve or cure chronic diseases Relaxation therapies are effective in treating chronic pain, and can markedly ease the pain of low back problems, arthritis, and headaches. 3 Meditation has endorsed by the NIH as effective for the relief of chronic pain. Chronic pain sufferers experience a reduction in symptoms of 50% or more. 4 75% of long-term insomniacs who have been trained in relaxation, meditation, and simple lifestyle changes can fall asleep within 20 minutes of going to bed. 5 Meditation reduces blood sugar levels in diabetics. 6 According to the record of practice in the past thirty years, 99% of the people who have insomnia among Maha Meditators reported a distinctive effect on improving their problem; 95% of those who have migraine claimed that it was greatly improved; 90% of those who have obesity among Maha Meditators were able to lose weight to a satisfactory level; 75% of those who have diabetes among Maha Meditators found significant improvement on their problem. *
- Improve mental and emotional health and relieve or cure disorders Meditators were less anxious and neurotic, more spontaneous, independent, self-confident, empathetic, and less fearful of death. 7 Those with smoking, alcohol, and eating addictions who have been trained in meditation break their addictions with significantly lower relapse rates than those receiving standard therapies. 8 Meditation helps chronically depressed patients, reducing their relapse rate by half. 9 In a survey regarding the relieving effect of Maha Meditation to people who have depression, 90% of them found different degree of improvements within 1 – 2 weeks’ practice, and 60% of them reported it is cured after practicing in a longer period of time, ranging from one month to one year. *
- Reverse the aging process and generate a youthful look Meditation may slow aging. A study found that people who had been meditating for more than five years were physiologically 12 to 15 years younger than non-meditators. 10 Past experience has shown that 70% of Maha Meditators become physiologically 5 – 10 years younger after the class and 50% of them are able to maintain the youthful vitality and look through diligent practice. *
- Boost immune system, and resistance to radiation, viruses, bacteria and other toxins In a study of health insurance statistics, meditators had 87% fewer hospitalizations for heart disease, 55% fewer for benign and malignant tumors, and 30% fewer for infectious diseases. The meditators had more than 50% fewer doctor visits than did non-meditators. 11 Evidence suggests 80% of Maha Meditators reported a decrease in the severity of flu symptoms by 60% – 90%. *
- Increase mental and physical energy Brain scans of meditators show increased thickness in regions of the cortex associated with higher functions like memory and decision making. 12 Middle school children who practice meditation show improved work habits, attendance, and GPA. 13 A survey indicated that 70% of the adolescents who practice Maha Meditation, age 9 – 18, found their school performance and appraisal from teachers improved by 25%. *
- Deepen spiritual insight 95% of the people who practice Maha Meditation reported that they have experienced a significant increase in spiritual insight and well being. 60% of them felt a connection to the divine in the Universe. * 70% of the experienced practitioners of other forms of meditation, energy healing, yoga, Qi Gong and Tai Chi, reported experiencing a great improvement in their spiritual and mental happiness within a few days after beginning Maha Meditation. *
- Attain good luck and divine protection According to relevant reports, 60% of Maha Meditators claimed to have had a remarkable improvement intheir career, investments, and personal life. *
References: * Surveys and researches conducted by Guang Huan Mi Zong Buddhism Research Institute
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12. Massachusetts General Hospital, reported by Carey Goldberg, The Boston Globe (November 23, 2005)
13. H. Benson, M. Wilcher, et al, (2000). “Academic performance among middle school students after exposure to a relaxation response curriculum,” Journal of Research and Development in Education 33 (3) (2000): 156-165.
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