Dr. Peter Amato has taught meditation to thousands of people worldwide. Many years ago, he was ordained as a Lay Monk in the Mahayana Tradition of Buddhism. His Ordination Teacher was Nobel-Peace Prize Laureate, Zen Author, and Poet, Thich Nhat Hanh. Dr. Peter Amato studied MBSR directly with Jon, many years ago. There are over 30 RCT studies suggesting the program offers benefit. Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) is an eight-week evidence-based program that offers secular, intensive mindfulness training to assist people with stress, anxiety, depression and pain. However, the fruit comes from ongoing daily practice over the lifetime.
Here are some specific examples of overall health improvements anchored in Research resulting from ongoing Meditation Practice:
Positive emotions and well-being – Research show that meditation practitioners have 5 times greater clarified gamma output (positive feelings like love, happiness; well-being).
Life expectancy – Mortality rates from various fatal heart conditions were cut by 48% with regular practice of meditation found a key study with patients suffering from cardiovascular disease.
Brain coherence – Meditating leads to increased frontal coherence — that is, more harmonious and efficient brain activity — as measured during various computer tasks and eyes-closed rest.
Good sleep – Lower levels of stress mean better sleep, don’t they? Taking up meditation regularly, at least twice a day, is a natural home remedy against chronic insomnia (sleeplessness).
Distress & coping – Lower blood pressure, decreased psychological distress, increased coping in people at risk for hypertension, a study with meditating college students found.
Stress and anxiety relief – Arguably the single biggest benefit of meditation is a more balanced nervous system and hormonal levels which eliminate any excessive flight-or-fight responses by our body. In other words, meditation has been shown to naturally lead to a calmer life.
Heart diseases and ailments – Improved functional capacity for patients with various heart conditions / heart failure. Risk of heart disease cut by 30%; mortality from stroke decreases 48%.
Normalized blood pressure – Another crucial benefit of meditation is that it reduces blood pressure on average by 7 mm/Hg. It also thus reduces such conditions as heart attack, aneurysm, artery damage, kidney failure etc.
Alcohol, nicotine and drug addiction – Meditation significantly reduces addiction to and use of alcohol, cigarettes and drugs. With regular practice, the abstinence strengthens naturally.