There have been many academic and therapeutic studies of meditation over the years, but it seems that most suggest that meditation, in general, tends to have only mild to moderate health benefits. How do you explain this?
Well, the first thing I'd say is that most meditation studies weren't assessing Sahaja Meditation, specifically. Second, many of the meditation methods that were evaluated possibly weren't particularly effective, so they probably did, in fact, only yield moderate results, and mostly for people with mild symptoms.
Third, historically, most studies didn't use equipment that was sophisticated or sensitive enough to measure subtle effects, so they may have dismissed the differential results as too small to be significant. But in reality, healing generally happens in increments, improvement may happen in fractions. Plus, the metaphysical basis of meditation — quantum energies — are often be hard to measure quantitatively, thus far, anyway.
Fourth, the methods that have been labeled “meditation” in trials don't consistently reflect the true nature of meditation, which also means that the choice of their control method may be wrong, as well; thus, the findings aren't valid. Much of the research on meditation has been based on the assumption that meditation techniques are all alike, or at least, much the same. Often, Western researchers have assumed psychophysiological uniformity, proposing that most meditative processes are physiologically and psychologically similar to simple rest and relaxation. But this viewpoint contradicts the ideas underpinning the ancient tradition of meditation: Meditation must necessarily involve the experience of silence within the mind. Sahaja Meditation calls this thoughtless awareness.
And this is where we circle back to Sahaja Meditation: most studies are not analyzing the core attributes of Sahaja Meditation, attributes that can make all the difference, when it comes to healing and wellness.
Other studies conducted by Dr. Ramesh Manocha showed that Sahaja Meditation's mental silence based approach to meditation, when compared to other approaches, was, more effective in dealing with stress.
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