As a religious practice, meditation has been around for thousands of years in the East. It has also received widespread attention in modern-day medicine for nearly half a century and has gradually become popular in Western society. More and more studies have confirmed the various benefits of meditation on the human body.
The latest experimental results show that long-term meditation can increase the healthy bacteria bioflora in the intestine, which can help reduce anxiety, depression, and the risk of heart disease.
Meditation Reduces Anxiety and Relieves PainIn recent years, many medical studies have confirmed the benefits of meditation on one’s physical and mental health. Dr. Leah Weiss, a lecturer at the Stanford Business School, said in an interview with NTDTV that meditation can help one focus better, improve work efficiency, and affect one’s ability to regulate emotions, making one calmer.
Practice Meditation in Everyday LifeDr. Yang Jingduan, a neurologist, psychiatrist, and founder of Yang Institute of Integrative Medicine in the United States, said in an NTDTV program that modern-day lifestyle keeps people in a state of chronic tension and stress for a prolonged period, resulting in the body's "sympathetic nervous system" continuously being in a hyperactive state. Over time, it will cause toxin accumulation, lower immunity, poor blood circulation, endocrine disorders, and other problems. Meditation can help enhance the "parasympathetic nervous system" and assist in the repair and regeneration of the body.
He also pointed out that meditation originates from Oriental religions and spiritual practices, which can help people focus on fixation at the current moment so that they can become ascetic, peaceful, and free from distracting thoughts. He went on to say that meditation can also be applied in daily life. "When you can do one single thing attentively, you are already in a state of meditating. When you have your meal, just think of eating and nothing else. Forget all the things of yesterday, the vacation of tomorrow." One should always focus on observing their thoughts, and on the things one can really control. "Once you think about what you can do now, and do that immediately without delay, you will feel relaxed almost immediately."