Meditation supports health and supports healing
Meditation has been banished into the "world of esoteric" for many years. Today it's successfully used even by medical doctors or business coaches. Numerous studies provide scientific evidence for its healing effects and reveal astonishing discoveries.
"Tranquillity is the source of strength" is a well-known adage. Still, we race through daily life at a breath-taking pace until we no longer feel our urgent needs. Stress reduction methods and ways to increase wellness top the popularity scale, for a good reason. Newer studies prove what sages from many cultures and many countries have known for millennia: the way into one's centre has a therapeutic advantage and everyone can learn how.
We are trapped by stress, worries, repetitive thoughts about problems, we are tense and irritable. Attention and a focus on one's breathing reduces this so-called "inner babble", the mind becomes calmer. Regular meditation causes drastic changes, which can be measured neurologically by modified brain waves. The heartbeat slows down, breathing deepens, muscle tension is reduced, and blood pressure also decreases. The immune system is stimulated positively for the long term and the sensation of pain is also reduced. The overall healthier, more harmonious attitude toward life has an effect on all activities – relationships, work, personal conduct, or addictions. Meditation can even slow down the aging process. The first positive changes already appear after a short time of practical exercise.
A remarkable, amusing book by the neuroscientist Ulrich Ott describes how meditation techniques work, what beginners should know, and on which levels one can further enter the topic. "Mediation für Skeptiker" ("Mediation for sceptics) is based on a neutral scientific and philosophical approach and explains practical meditation in five levels. From the best body position for every individual person, various breathing techniques, and the explanation of emotional impulses, as well as the observation of the mindful stream of consciousness, the author ultimately guides us to the transition from thinking to being, to the place of spiritual experiences. Information on the current research status is followed by a practical section with easily reproducible meditation exercises. The second part of the book offers a scientific immersion, which includes various research methods as well as an overview of the most important questions and methods regarding mediation research. Ulrich Ott’s approach is scientific and undogmatic and conveys theoretical knowledge as well as practical instruction.
“Meditation für Skeptiker”
Ein Neurowissenschaftler erklärt den Weg zum Selbst
(Meditation for sceptics – a neuroscientist explains the way to one’s self)
206 Pages, Hardcover with jacket