Meditation And Science: Will They Ever See Eye To Eye?

Meditation has a lot of sceptics, and they come from all walks of life. But who do you think are the hardest to convince from these bunch? The young professionals who are constantly after goals and achievements? How about teenagers who are in the midst of dealing with changes and searching for their identities? Or maybe it’s the older adults who have seen and dealt with “life”.

Not everyone sees meditation as the auspicious, boundless, and beneficial practice as it is, but perhaps, the most difficult people to sway are scientists.

It’s the logical choice, right? These are people who spend most of their time quantifying, qualifying, analysing, deducing, reasoning and dealing with nothing but facts.

Although there’s a good amount of scientific evidence now that supports the claims of meditation, it’s still far from being conclusive or irrefutable. But what if certified scientists sing a different tune? Would that be enough to change your mind?

Chloe Morrison of Nooga.com, an online news outlet in Chattanooga, Tennessee, interviewed Nicole Baganz, a neuroscientist and a postdoctoral fellow at Vanderbilt University, about yoga and meditation. And she said, “As a neuroscientist, there is evidence that is intriguing for my sceptical brain that would support my continuing the practice and also support my observations about how it has affected my body_ _and brain”.

Admittedly, that’s not a 100% declaration of belief in meditation, but it’s an amazing start.

Aside from Ms. Baganz, Ms. Morrison also interviewed Claudio Barrientos, a teacher of “a nonreligious, evidence-based curriculum” in Chattanooga’s Center for Mindful Living and at the Mindful Center in Knoxville and a man who “has been most influenced by American pragmatism”.

Safe to say, he’s a man who sees things from a practical point of view.

When asked about meditation, he said, “I see firsthand what the benefit of this practice is on a person’s mind and body”.

The reconciliation between meditation and science may not happen any time soon. But there’s progress. As more and more people, especially scientists and those who advocate pragmatism, open themselves to the practice and share what they’ve experienced, many will gradually follow suit.

Meditation is a free, and it usually requires no more than 20 minutes of your time. It has evolved through the centuries and crossed continents. With that kind of longevity and reach, surely that means something: Meditation works.

So maybe it’s time to stop looking for proof and just start meditating.

 

 

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