Health Applications and Clinical Studies of Meditation
A review of scientific studies identified the behavioral components of meditation as:
- Altered state of awareness.
- Suspension of logical thought.
- Maintenance of a self-observing attitude.
It is accompanied by a host of biochemical and physical changes in the body that affect:
- Heart rate
- Blood pressure
- Brain chemistry
Meditation has been used in clinical settings as a method of stress and pain reduction. Meditation has also been studied specifically for its effects on stress.