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1. Meditation decreases depression and reduces rates of depressive relapses.

Meditation has shown to be helpful for treating depression in clinical studies. Mindfulness meditation in particular has been shown to have a strong effect on lessening symptoms of depression, such as negative thinking, rumination, and lack of focus. While meditation can be effective in treating depression, even in those with treatment-resistant depression, be aware that it is only one part of what should be a multi-pronged approach to treat depression. Meditation should be used in conjunction with therapy and possibly other traditional methods to fully treat depression.

2. Meditation relieves pain

The Wake Forest Baptist Medical Centre conducted a study with 15 volunteers who had never meditated. The researchers found that after only four 20-minute sessions of meditation the participants experienced a 40 percent reduction in pain intensity. Just to give you an idea, morphine and other pain-relieving drugs typically reduce pain ratings by only 25 percent!

3. Meditation reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke

Robert Schneider, professor at the Maharishi University of Management, found in a study of 201 African American men and women, who were already diagnosed with coronary heart disease and therefore at high risk for heart attacks and strokes, that transcendental meditation reduced their risk of heart attacks and strokes by 48 percent.

4. Meditation reduces emotional eating

Katterman et al reviewed 14 studies that investigated mindfulness meditation as an intervention when it comes to binge eating and emotional eating and found that this form of meditation effectively reduces such behavior.

5. Meditation even changes your genes

Scientists at the University of Wisconsin, from France, and from Spain conducted experiments that showed how mindfulness meditation reduces levels of pro-inflammatory genes. Richard J. Davidson, founder of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds and the study author says: “To the best of our knowledge, this is the first paper that shows rapid alterations in gene expression within subjects associated with mindfulness meditation practice.”

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1. Meditation decreases depression and reduces rates of depressive relapses. Meditation has shown to be helpful for treating depression in clinical studies. Mindfulness meditation in particular has been shown to have a strong effect on lessening symptoms of depression, such as negative thinking, rumination, and lack of focus. While meditation...