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Meditation Makes Business Sense

Why Meditation? It works.

Over the past 40 years, several hundred research studies have shown that meditation has proven effective for many issues.

This is a small, yet diverse, sample:

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Anxiety

Twenty out of twenty two anxiety prone people showed a 60% improvement in anxiety levels following an eight week course in meditation. University of Massachusetts

Asthma, Arthritis, Psoriasis, IBD

Mindfulness meditation techniques reduce post-stress inflammatory responses and appear to be useful in chronic inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, inflammatory bowel disease, and asthma. Melissa A. Rosenkranz, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2013.

Blocked Arteries

Twenty eight people with high levels of blocked arteries and high risk of heart attack were placed on a program with regular practice of meditation, yoga, a low fat vegetarian diet, and exercise. Twenty people in the control group received conventional medical care endorsed by the AMA. At the end of a year, most of the experimental group reported that their chest pains had virtually disappeared; for 82% of the patients, arterial clogging had reversed. Those who were sickest at the start showed the most improvement. The control group had an increase in chest pain and arterial blockage worsened. Dr. Dean Ornish, San Francisco Medical School

Chronic Pain & Bad Moods

Meditators are able to reduce chronic pain by more than 50% while increasing daily function and markedly improving their moods, even 4 years after the completion of an 8-week training course. Jon Kabat-Zinn, MD Stress Reduction Clinic

Chronic Back Pain, Arthritis, & Headaches

Relaxation therapies are effective in treating chronic pain, and can markedly ease the pain of low back problems, arthritis, and headaches. National Institutes of Health, 1996

Decision-Making

83% of participants said they often “take time each day to optimize personal productivity” (up from 23 percent before taking course). 82% said they “make time on most days to eliminate some tasks/meetings with limited productivity value” (up from 32 percent before the course).  80% reported a positive change in their ability to make better decisions with more clarity, and 89% reported enhanced listening capabilities, to both others and themselves. Research from the “Mindful Leadership at Work” program, General Mills, 2009

Depression

Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital showed that 8 weeks of Mindfulness Meditation were able to make significant changes in the brain, providing cognitive and psychological benefits throughout the day. Journal of Psychiatry Research:  Neuroimaging, 2011.

Heart Attacks

Reducing stress can dramatically reduce heart disease. In a five year study of heart disease patients, those who learned to manage stress reduced their risk of having another heart attack by 74%, compared with patients receiving medication only. Reducing mental stress also proved more beneficial than getting exercise. Dr. James Blumenthal, Duke University

Heart Disease

Meditation decreases oxygen consumption, heart rate, respiratory rate, and blood pressure, and increases the intensity of alpha, theta, and delta brain waves - the opposite of the physiological changes that occur during the stress response. Herbert Benson, MD Harvard Medical School

High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol

In a recent study, 77% of individuals with high levels of stress were able to cool down, lower their blood pressure and cholesterol levels, simply by training themselves to stay calm. Health, 1994

High Blood Pressure

Meditation significantly controls high blood pressure at levels comparable to widely used prescription drugs, and without the side effects of drugs. Hypertension, AMA Medical Journal

Insomnia

75% of long-term insomniacs who have been trained in relaxation and meditation can fall asleep within 20 minutes of going to bed. Dr. Gregg Jacobs, Psychologist, Harvard

Lack of Confidence, Anxious, & Fearful

Two groups were compared: meditators and non-meditators The meditators were less anxious and neurotic, more spontaneous, independent, self confident, empathetic, and less fearful of death. Atlantic Monthly, 1991

PMS

A study of women with severe PMS showed a 58% improvement in their symptoms after five months of daily meditation. Health, 1995

Lack of Productivity at Work

After attending a brief meditation training, research showed that workers who practice meditation have better focus and become distracted less while on the job, in addition to having an improved memory and less stress.  University of Washington, David Levy, 2012.

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Studies from The National Institutes of Health, University of Massachusetts and Mind/Body Medical Institute at Harvard University show that meditation enhances the qualities companies need most from their workers: increased brain-wave activity, enhanced intuition, better concentration and the alleviation of the kinds of aches and pains that plague employees most.
~ Business Week Magazine

At the Tower Companies in Bethesda, after a majority of employees began meditating, the
employees’ hospital admissions and physician visits dropped so much, the firm’s insurer reduced the company’s premium by 5 percent and agreed to pay 80 percent of the meditation course costs.
~ The Washington Post

Recent research has shown that meditation is good for the brain. It appears to increase grey matter, improve the immune system, reduce stress and promote a sense of well being…and can also affect attention.
The New York Times

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Melissa Marks Garner is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Yoga Teacher and has over 13 years experience.