"thom_guen" <thomas.guenther@ ...> wrote:
> Hi everyone! I'm currently writing a research paper on meditation,
> it's past, present and benefits. I thought it would be fun to ask
> about everyone's favorite research, facts or aspect of meditation.
> I've been reading article after article and browsing some books, but
> just recently stumbled upon meditation myself so I thought I'd ask the
> experts! :)
More thoughts relative to my "favorite research" :
Many of the research papers you will
find were funded by TM and the results indicate that
TM "works". But they neglect to say that it is not
necessary to pay TM $3000 or however much for a Mantra
to say. Any word will work. This has been well
documented by Dr Herbert Benson in his "Relaxation
Response" studies by the Harvard Medical School. To
put it simply, every meditation technique will
work if it has certain
components. More about Dr Benson
and his work can be found here:http://www.relaxati onresponse. org/
The specific Relaxation Response is copied below
(and it costs $3000 less than TM!!! :)
The Relaxation Response
Sit quietly in a comfortable position.
Close your eyes.
Deeply relax all your muscles,
beginning at your feet and progressing up to your face.
Keep them relaxed.
Breathe through your nose.
Become aware of your breathing.
As you breathe out, say the word, "one"*,
silently to yourself. For example,
breathe in ... out, "one",- in .. out, "one", etc.
Breathe easily and naturally.
Continue for 10 to 20 minutes.
You may open your eyes to check the time, but do not use an alarm.
When you finish, sit quietly for several minutes,
at first with your eyes closed and later with
your eyes opened.
Do not stand up for a few minutes.
Do not worry about whether you are successful
in achieving a deep level of relaxation.
Maintain a passive attitude and permit relaxation to occur at its own
When distracting thoughts occur,
try to ignore them by not dwelling upon them
and return to repeating "one."
With practice, the response should come with little effort.
Practice the technique once or twice daily,
but not within two hours after any meal,
since the digestive processes seem to interfere with
the elicitation of the Relaxation Response.
* or any soothing, mellifluous sound, preferably with no meaning.
or association, to avoid stimulation of unnecessary thoughts.
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