Meditation—all by itself—-may offer more to the health of a modern American than all the pharmaceutical remedies put together. — Dr Robert Dozor, cofounder of the Integrative Health Clinic of Santa Rosa, CA
Meditation is one of the most powerful practices available to us for transformation. Wisdom traditions have told us this for millennia, and over the last fifty years, formal, scientific research has built up. It is generally acknowledged that meditation has positive effects on all of the systems in the body, including the brain. . It is widely acknowledged that meditation has a range of physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits for many people who practice on a regular basis. The following publications are particularly relevant: Grossman, Neimann, Schmidt, & Walach, 2004; Jain et al., 2007; Lazar et al., 2005; Lykins &Baer, 2009; Moore & Malinowski, 2009; Morone, Lynch, Greco, Tindle, & Weiner, 2008; Zeidan, Johnson, Gordon, & Goolkasian, 2010.
Benefits of meditation include: cardiovascular improvements, cognitive flexibility, positive psychological shifts despite chronic pain, improved psychological functioning, spiritual development, and significant neurological improvements including increased in cortical thickness. (Zeidan et al., 2010, Moore & Malinowski, 2009, Morone et al., 2008, Lykins & Baer, 2009, Lazar et al., 2005.)
What is most important in your work and world, however, is the actual practice of meditation. Together we can work to implement and support your ongoing practice.
My dissertation topic was the practice of long-term meditation; it is a subject I am very familiar with and fond of. Probably more importantly, I am a long-term meditator myself. Daily meditation forms the foundation of my work and my life. When I began, I thought I’d never be able to meditate—and now I wouldn’t want to live without it.
Considerable research has demonstrated that the more you experience meditative or contemplative states of consciousness, the faster you develop through the stages of consciousness. No other single practice or technique—not therapy, not breathwork, not transformative workshops, not role-taking, not hatha yoga—has been empirically demonstrated to do this. Meditation alone has done so. –Kenneth Wilber 1