Er zijn honderden wetenschappelijke onderzoeken gedaan naar de gezondheidseffecten van meditatie. De resultaten geven doorgaans aan dat mensen die regelmatig mediteren, een betere mentale én lichamelijke gezondheid hebben dan mensen die niet mediteren.
Een paar voorbeelden:
> Individuals reporting greater cognitive, mystical and fewer negative emotions during meditation reported greater self-compassion, flow and less psychological distress and more benefits from meditation in everyday life than individuals less engaged during meditation. bron
> Meditation practice produced increases over time in daily experiences of positive emotions, which, in turn, produced increases in a wide range of personal resources (e.g., increased mindfulness, purpose in life, social support, decreased illness symptoms). In turn, these increments in personal resources predicted increased life satisfaction and reduced depressive symptoms. bron
> Mindfulness-based stress reduction, a form of meditation, has been shown to decrease the physiological acute stress response. bron
> Physiological changes in the brain—an altered volume of tissue in some areas—occur through meditation. Practitioners also experience beneficial psychological effects: they react faster to stimuli and are less prone to various forms of stress. Bron