The Scientific Power of Meditation



How exactly does meditation affect your body?
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27 thoughts on “The Scientific Power of Meditation

  1. AsapScience do you if it would help my mom with stage 3 cancer if she did meditate? My mom only has about a year to live and she is trying trying everything she can to stop what's happening such as acupuncture, chemotherapy, surgery and radiation therapy. If anyone knows certain sources please reply. You could save a life

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  3. Ofc it must have some benefits at the end you are for once focusing on yourself. We know that some illnesses are cureable by placebo then why do these work? They work because of your brain! Our brain is like the core of us.
    If we would compare ourselfs to a car then it would be very clear. The car on it's self is a useless piece of metal. It won't do anything without a driver. And even if you hd the best car on the world without a good driver it would still be useless. A good driver can win races in the worst car.

    You can use this example on any tool you can think of. A hammer on it's own is useless, a guitar on it's own won't play itself….

  4. I would like to share my journey with mediation. For the past 10 years, I have been in the depths of depression, anxiety and, at times, a complete loss with my life's direction. I attended a Buddhist meditation retreat to try and get help. Throughout my time there, I learnt (with lots of help!) how to meditate correctly and still my mind. It has been a week since that experience and I can honestly say that I am a changed man. It needs daily work and an attitude of wanting to change your life but, I guess I'm writing this message to those out there struggling: you are not alone in this, a much more beautiful and peaceful existence awaits you if you believe in it. Coupled with a good therapist, healthy eating and sleeping you can live a better life. One step at a time. Good thoughts to you and good luck !!

  5. Because of videos of this I was mediator for two years I now I have severe head pressure that no one know how to cure .I tried everything available but fail to find any relief . The worst is no one is sure what it is and how long can last.

  6. The Hindus' observation of the karmic cycle is so amazingly precise…
    the western world that once ridiculed n trashed the Vedic science of meditation yoga n other such practices is now putting those very practices in their life!
    quite the turn around

  7. Great video. It would have been even greater if you would have acknowledged the history of meditation which is an Asan (Kind) in yoga, which is originated from India and Hindus.
    That ommm.. sound has eternal power. We refer to as lord Shiva.

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