Many people become interested meditation for spiritual reasons, but science has also shown evidence that Sahaja meditation has physical health and healing properties, as well. A while back, BBC News reported that Sahaja Meditation can help asthmatics relieve symptoms of breathing difficulties. In studies carried out at the University of Exter, asthma patients were split two groups: one doing general relaxation techniques and another doing Sahaja meditation. After being given asthma medication, the responsiveness of the patient’s airways were measured. The results showed that those who did Sahaha Meditation were much more responsive to asthma medication than those who did normal relaxation. The mood of the meditating asthmatics also increased.
According to Peter H. Canter of Peninsula Medical School, other studies have shown that Sahaja Meditation can help people with epilepsy lower their stress and have less seizures – but this area of research is difficult to measure due to the vast differences in the kinds of epilepsy and the stress levels. Another study published in the Journal of Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, co-authored by Dr. Ramesh Manocha – children diagnosed with ADHD took part in regular Sahaja meditation sessions over a 6 week period, versus a control group that didn’t meditate. The children in the meditation group reported better sleep patterns and less anxiety at home – and better concentration at school.
While the benefits of meditation are very real and obvious to most people who practice (and stick with it for a while), it’s good to know there is also some scientific evidence to support it.