What's the Proof?
When perusing this section, it may seem at first glance as if there is an uncanny array of benefits that meditation seems to support or resolve, and the thought may cross your mind that surely such a simple technique as this can't resolve all of them. However, all of those areas listed relate to conditions or qualities that this technique has been scientifically proven to make a very significant difference to, or that have been observed to improve considerably when the meditation has been practiced.
Some of the most spectacular results have come from very large research studies conducted over many years (featuring up to 4000 participants in randomized controls). The results have shown that hospitalisation rates fall by at least 50% for EVERY category of medical condition (bar one).
Where possible, we endeavour to only refer to those studies that have been rigorously designed and repeated many times to demonstrate consistency of findings. However, we do occasionally reference smaller studies which indicate exciting areas for further research, particularly as the results seem to verify a large body of anecdotal evidence.
In all cases, we at Beeja Meditation support the funding of and implementation of any and all large, well designed experiments into all of the forms of disease and disorder, and to compare the effects of all the different meditative and therapeutic techniques. This way we can learn which works best with which conditions. All meditative methodologies work differently, and so it's reasonable to expect that they will have different impacts with varying levels of success.
And if researchers are really going to go for it, then finding a way to take into account and measure the ease of practice and sustainability of it, as well as the comprehensiveness of any positive side effects, will be a great service to mankind. We hope this glossary section serves as a catalyst to help further the debate on how complimentary therapies, and in particular meditation, can help.