We’ve been talking recently about the benefits of workplace meditation. Incredibly, recent studies show that even just 8 weeks of consistent meditation practice can have transformational results. Jeff Brantley, Ph.D, Director of the Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program at the Duke Center for Integrative Medicine in Durham, N.C., shared this story in the 2014 interview:
“We had one patient, a 40-year-old woman with metastatic breast cancer who was enrolled in the 8-week MBSR program. At her exit interview, she said that before the course began 5 minutes wouldn’t go by without her worrying about what would become of her and her young family and now, after the class, she can concentrate on other things for more than hour at a time, even days,” Brantley says, calling the results “a minor miracle.”
Dr. Brantley noted in that interview that, “Doctors refer patients to mindfulness programs for any number of diseases and disorders”, including:
- heart disease
- anxiety and panic
- job or family stress
- chronic pain
- HIV infection and AIDS
- sleep disturbances
- type A behavior
- high blood pressure
- fatigue and skin disorders
While the National Institutes of Health (NIH) says it is too soon to quantify the medical benefits of meditation, Anita Greene, spokeswoman for the Institute’s Complementary and Alternative Medicine division, concedes, saying:
“It is a therapy worthy of further scientific investigation to refute or support the health claims being made.”
In fact, the NIH granted Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, $8 million during a five-year period to study the effects of meditation in African Americans with cardiovascular diseases.
As you can see, research is finding some incredible results about the positive effects of research, both on our physical and mental well-being. Overall, people find an increased awareness and appreciation of their lives, which is worth more than money can buy.
If you’re interested in finding a tool that works for you, or if you’re interested in holding meditation training at your workplace, email Barbara and set up your consultation today.
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