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The science behind meditation

Updated: Mar 28, 2023

As someone who has reaped the benefits of meditation for decades plus shared it with thousands of students/retreat guests on my silent retreat, I would like to share with you the numerous scientifically proven benefits of meditation.

Although meditation has been taught and practiced for manny, many centuries, it is only in relatively recent years, that science is now proving the tangible benefits on mind, body and longevity. Here are some of the benefits:


Meditation has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety by decreasing the activity of the sympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for our fight or flight response. It also increases the activity of the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for our relaxation response.


Meditation has been shown to improve mental health by reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety. It also helps to increase feelings of well-being, self-awareness, and emotional regulation.


Meditation has been shown to enhance cognitive function by increasing focus, attention, and working memory. It also improves decision-making, problem-solving, and creativity.


Meditation has been shown to boost immunity by increasing the activity of natural killer cells, which are responsible for fighting off infections and cancer cells.


Meditation can lower blood pressure by reducing the activity of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system, which regulates blood pressure.


Meditation has been shown to promote better sleep by reducing the activity of the sympathetic nervous system, which can interfere with sleep. It also increases the activity of the parasympathetic nervous system, which promotes relaxation.


Meditation is known to reduce inflammation by decreasing the activity of pro-inflammatory cytokines, which are responsible for causing inflammation in the body.


Overall, meditation reduces stress and anxiety, improves mental health, enhances cognitive function, boosts immunity, lowers blood pressure, promotes better sleep, and reduces inflammation.


These benefits have been scientifically proven, and I encourage you to incorporate meditation into your daily routine to experience them for yourself.

Or kickstart your practice with an immersive experience on one of our weekend silent retreats.

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