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Meditation Can Help Sustain Focus, Reduce Pain

March 18, 2010 by  

Meditation can help sustain focus, reduce painAccording to a new study, the act of meditation can relax the mind and enhance the body’s ability to react to moderate amounts of pain.

In the study, researchers from the University of North Carolina measured pain ratings in students who were trained in meditation for three consecutive days and were given experimental pain stimuli.

The research team found that subjects who participated in brief meditation sessions reported reduced pain of both low and high intensities. Moreover, they concluded that meditation significantly reduced anxiety and increased the ability to sustain personal focus—two factors related to the body’s ability to tolerate moderate amounts of pain.

The study’s authors noted that the analgesic benefits of meditation can be noticed after only a short period of utilizing the technique.

Meanwhile, in a separate study, Canadian researchers have reportedly found evidence that Zen meditation can reinforce a central brain region that regulates pain.

“Through training, Zen meditators appear to thicken certain areas of their cortex and this appears to underlie their lower sensitivity to pain,” says lead author Joshua Grant, a doctoral student in the University of Montreal’s Department of Physiology.

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  • Ron Deere

    Sir or Madam,
    Sure Zen or Yoga can relax people, but they’re taking you somewhere. They are religions. If you go into it with eyes wide open and choose to subscribe to those religions, our country gives you the freedom to choose that. However, meditation is ususally specified as something to relax with subscribers having no idea that they are praying Sanskrit prayers which are prayed to actual spiritual realities. Are they GOOD spiritual intities? You have to decide, but probably you need more information. Therefore, until you DO have more information about these religions, it would be good for you NOT to subscribe to them.

    • Joe H.

      Ron Deere.
      One does not have to chant to meditate!! I have done it for years ever since a friend instructed me on how to do it. i am in CONSTANT pain even with taking two strong prescription meds for pain. If it wasn’t for my meditation I’d probably not get out of bed most days. mainly it has to do with controlling your breathing and being in tune to your body. For example, have you ever noticed that when you hurt yourself your breathing speeds up and untill you calm down and slow your respirations that the pain does not abate?
      I have actually been on a heart monitor in pain and in calming myself down and meditatingt have actually made the alarm go off on the machine! scared an ER nurse half out of her skin!!! I finally showed her I could do it and then she calmed down!!! meditation is not difficult unless you make it so!!!

  • Penni Eads

    So, it would be best to pray and meditate in your own personal way. Take time to think and to ponder what your life means and what your goals and desires are. Believe in God and His divine will in your life and trust in the intuition of the Spirit given to every man/woman to guide you into paths of truth and goodness. Best wishes for a healthy journey for understanding of the purpose of life.

  • Charliebug

    Meditation as a means of lessening one’s pain is no more than a means of getting the brain and body to lie to itself and say that the pain is bearable. It’s brainwashing technique, and that is why it works for some people, simply because they are able to lie to themselves about their pain.

  • Thesegravelroads

    WARNING: I have been researching new age and how it is infiltraiting the church, in general. Yoga, Zen, anything Eastern, including their meditation practices were once considered new age, but in actuality are “AGE OLD.” They are the mystic religions stemming from ancient Babylon and are pagan. The types of meditation practices apart from God’s Word ARE demonic and have no place in a Christian’s life where the Holy Spirit lives. We are to live apart from what the world practices and live according to God’s Word. Even those who claim they are Christians have adopted a practice called “contemplative prayer” which is exactly the same as Eastern medititave practices and it is hitting America by storm in the church. I grief for Christians unaware of these satanic practices, especially for those parents who are sending their children off to this conference and that 24 hour prayer house where they are being indocrinated into Eastern religions disguised as Christianity. Satan is clever, he is like the roaring prowling around looking for another soul to devour. AMERICA, WAKE UP!
    Please, ask Jesus to save you and make HIM the LORD of your life and get to know Him through reading your Bible and praying….in the way Jesus taught us how to pray…not by emptying out our mind so that demonic entities can infiltrate your soul, but by the “renewing of your mind,” continuously in thought of God’s Word. Do not sell your soul to the devil using man made techniques to acquire the fire of peace. These techniques are only temporary, but disobedience to God leads to eternal life in hell. That is forever and ever. I am passionate about this because I experienced demonic possesion of my mind and body in a charismatic church when the local “prophecy on demand” preacher came to town. His methodology was EXACTLY the same as the Eastern religions I have researched. The Bible says to “test the spirits” and the meditation being promoted here is NOT the Spirit of God.

    • Joe H.

      can you honestly say that God would want me to live in vicious pain every day of my life??? Who are you to say that what I do is cult connected? I have been to no assembly, I do not chant, AllI do is get in tune with my body!!! I don’t even sit with my legs crossed, I can’t!! A friend showed me this more than 35 years ago while I was in the service.
      My oldest daughter has had migrains since the age of about ten. Quite often I can get her through them without meds by laying her head in my lap and while talking to her and relaxing her stroke her temples. all I quietly say to her is easy, relax, calm down!! She would tell you this herself! Again, how is this cult connected???

      • Thesegravelroads

        Greetings Joe H.,

        You ask, “Who do you think you are?” I am a follower of Jesus Christ, the only one who saves so that I may go to heaven and fellowship with Him. I was once lost and lived a life of rebellion until I was broken in 1996 with no where to turn, lying on the floor of our abandon farm sight, in pain, and wanting to end my life. So who am I? On that cold, lonely floor, crying in pain physically and emotionally, I decided to make Jesus Christ my LORD. He is already the Savior of the world, but I chose to make Him LORD over everything in my life. I once believed anything and everything was great to do just as long as it made me happy….secular humanism….I was in total rebellion of God, our Holy and Righteous Father, but because of my suffering, I made a choice to follow Christ. I love reading my Bible because God speaks to me through His Word and my prayers to Him are heard and I know I am loved, even when I am sick and in pain. Some people go to alternative, demonic ways of trying to heal their pain, like yoga, hypnosis, transcendental meditation, psychics, positive confession, crystal therapy, self talk, etc…..the list goes on and on. These methods are used apart from the Word of the Lord and are directly in rebellion to Him. People don’t need to go to yoga centers to exercise their way….each yoga exercise position is a position specifically designed to worship one of their pagan gods, of which their are millions upon millions, and God abhors mixing our faith in Him with other pagan beliefs. I am in the process of toning my body myself and experience tremendous back aches as the result of a terrible fall. I am learning that as my fat is burned off through swimming, walking and stretching, my backaches are becoming few are far between. And I PRAISE GOD for that because He is healing me slowly, but also, I am doing my part to take care of my health. It is through the suffering and pain that I have grown closer to Christ Jesus. It has been sheer joy to memorize Scriptures from my Bible as I swim in our small town pool and walk these gravel roads. He is giving me strength and showing me mercy and I so DELIGHT in Him….apart from any eastern religious practices.

        So you ask “Who am I?” I was also a headache sufferer from my youth into adulthood. After my marriage, my headaches graduated into migranes. My migranes were so painful, I was bed ridden for one to two days, so much in pain that I couldn’t think straight. I was put on a drug/pharmakeia to relieve my pain, which had no profound effect in healing me. Four years ago this April, as I lay in my bed wimpering because of the pain, I prayed to the God of the Bible for half an hour, crying out to Him to heal me….and He did. Slowly, the pain went away…there was no tingling or heat or anything like these false healing preachers speak of….just a slow gradual releasing of my pain. I have not experienced a headache or migrane for four years now and mere words cannot express my praise and thankfulness to God for healing me….He was merciful and gracious unto me.

        So you ask, “Who am I?…because your opinion of me is unfavorable. I am a sinner, a wretched pitiful sinner who was in total rebellion against God, on a slick, paved road headed for hell and eternal damnation, until Jesus saved me. By His mercy, grace, and love, my sins are forgiven and through a life of repentance, prayer, and reading His Word, I have come to love Him with my whole being and desire to serve Him, and not man, nor the pagan gods of this world. Does that mean I still do wrong and rebel at times? Yes. But this is where repentance comes in….I confess my sins to God and through His Son, Jesus Christ, I am forgiven and reconciled back to God. Jesus was sin, who knew no sin, so He died and rose again for me! ALLELUIA!

        Do I experience other aches and pains even though I am now a professing follower of Jesus Christ? Yes, because I am human and we live in a fallen, sinful world, not a utopia which is what our government working with other nations of the world, in conjunction with the ways of false Christianity and other pagan religions, joining forces, is trying to create apart from CREATOR GOD.

        I do not know you, but if it is in agreement with you, I will pray for your oldest daughter and for you as well. I will pray that God, our Father in Heaven, whose name is hallowed and His name is above all names, that He will heal your daughter of her migranes and give her a peace that is not of this world, but of Him, in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ. I know you love your daughter, she is a gift to you from God Himself. The most difficult problem of living, is watching our children suffer…you are in my prayers and petitions.

        Please accept this in love and not in defiance to you, sir.
        I respect the heart of a loving parent.

        • Joe H.

          and so if I don’t do as you say then all of a sudden I am a cult??? I was washed in the blood of the lamb almost 30 years ago and I believe the Lord pushes and prods us daily,if we but listen and feel. If I truly believe in the Lord and I surely do, then what gives you the right to judge what I do? Jesus also said beware the false prophet and judge not lest ye be judged. my Lord shows me the way not man!

          • Thesegravelroads

            Greetings Joe H.,
            I am thankful to read that you are a Christian and are reading the Word of God, understanding it by the power of the Holy Spirit. Your post is challenging me and my faith in the only one who saves, Jesus Christ, so I thank-you for your concerns. In regards to your statement regarding false teachers…yes, the Bible is clear regarding false teachers and false prophets in these last days and thankfully we no longer stone them as the Israelites were instructed to do, by our Holy God, as in the Old Testament. So now, we are to pray for them and love them, hoping that God will open their eyes to the evil deception they are believing. In fact, 1 Timothy 4:1 says, “But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times, some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron,” Yoga is a blatant seducing spirit designed by satan to pull you away from a saving faith in Jesus Christ. It is promoted in apostate churches by false preachers and false prophets who seek to unify all religions under a false Jesus, therefore paving the way for the son of perdition, or the antichrist under a one world order. Bible prophecy says that all of this will take place before the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and we, as Christians are called to discern the times in which we live. Jesus told His disciples on the Mount of Olives before the people crucified Him, “See to it that no one misleads you. For many will come in my name, saying, “I am the Christ, and will mislead many. You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes, But, all these thingss are merely the beginning of birth pangs. Then they will deliver you tp tribulation and will kill you and you will be hated by all nations because of My name. At that time many will fall away and betray one another. Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many. Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved. This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.”
            Matthew 24:4-14

            These are words from Jesus himself, warning His disciples and warning us today. They are powerful words, sir. Jesus calls us to discern good from evil, so it is my choice as a Christian to research and understand everything that is in the world in accordance with the Bible. The blessing for me is, that I don’t have to judge you, Jesus Christ will do that; if you are a believer, He will judge you from the Bema seat, and if you are an unbeliever, He will judge you from the Great White Throne before you are cast into hell. We will all have to give an account for what we do here on earth before the King of Kings.

            As a parent, it has been a joy to instruct our children concerning the ways of man verses God ways…for He says His ways are higher than our ways. Some in our faith have fallen into satan’s trap of believing the lie surrounding yoga and they too, have become defensive and accusing, which is understandable as satan is the accuser of the brethren. I want to encourage you to research the religion of yoga and ask God to help you understand the dangers involved in following a seducing spirit. The truth will set you free from anger, bitterness, and false accusations towards a follower of our Lord Jesus Christ.

            My post here will not convince you, sir, of the evil in yoga, and you will be very angry with me for a time, as most people are when I explain to them the truth regarding this pagan religion. So I will restate my sentence above, “Please research yoga and seek the truth in the Word of God, do not trust your feelings and emotions for they can be deceived as well.”

            You and yours will still be in my prayers as I walk these gravel roads.

  • s c

    When it comes to the character of those who wind up in Congress, I’ve lived long enough to be an extreme ‘non-believer.’ That is, whatever those yahoos smoke or inject may keep them brainwashed or drugged-out daily, but it doesn’t make them public servants.
    Whatever it is that lets people in Congress function must be closer to a false religion, as most of them are never on speaking terms with common sense or reason. It is a religion/faith that is self-serving, and needs to be seen as far worse than merely dangerous to America.
    The people we send to Washington need to be pre-screened. They need to be bound by a strict legal contract. And, if that contract is ever violated, these vermin need to be tossed out of office immediately, and then they should be publicly humiliated and thrown behind bars [no pension, no health benefits, no appeal].
    How can this not be a vast improvement over what we have now?

  • mark verma

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  • Bibhuti Mishra

    Instant Healing

    Dear Sir,

    I want to share my experience with you in healing pain.
    I keep my palms on the pain affected area for about one minute , then pain is relieved . So far I have cured more than 100 persons suffering from tooth pain, back ,neck pain ,cut & bruishes, dizziness, headache any other musular pain in the body. I do it without any concentration and at any time ,any place.

    I recently came across some cancer patients..I applied above metholody and they were cured of their pain .Now I have a strong faith and confidence in me that I can cure cancer and relieve pain out of cancer.

    Why one gets pain ? Every part of our body needs tender care . If care is not taken, that part complains in the form of pain. Once you take a pill , you are neglecting the complaint and avoiding it. So the complaint does not go away and it reappears later.

    I belief that generating awerness is the path toward attending to body complaint.and subsequent relief of the pain .

    Awerness can be generated by following ways.
    (i) Practising Yoga Nidra( yogic process)
    (ii) Contracting and relaxing every muscle of your body and feeling the tension and relaxation of the muscle .earnestly request to contact me before going for medical treatment for cancer or of its pain. I assure you a free of cost treatment.
    (iii) Self observation.

    Let us join together to reach the freedom which is in our hand and we deserve it.

    Thanks & Regards-

    Bibhuti Bhusana Mishra
    Orissa ,India

    Mobile : (91) 9438668780, 9861015051

  • Norberto Rodda

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