Meditation And Meditation

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Though Buddhism has long been a disciplined and strict religion since its’ beginning in the 3rd Century, it has recently gained positive utilitarian use within the psychological and neurological fields of science. Programs dedicated to improving and helping the lives of those who suffer from mental illness have started to incorporate the use of meditation as a form of treatment. Meditation is enforced in many schools of Buddhism as a method, or a way of life, to becoming enlightened. With growing qualitative and quantitative research on meditation, it becomes more evidential of the positive and life changing impact meditation serves in improving overall health of the mentally ill. Additionally, meditation can be implemented as a preventative…show more content…
Meditation aims to develop and master mindfulness, insight, and equilibrium. It allows its followers to obtain indifference to worldly attachments, experience the mind as it is and its original nature. The mind continuously engages with internal and external stimuli, constantly at work. Meditation is a way in which one can gain control over this constant flow of stimuli, by focusing the mind. Within the practice of Theravada Buddhism, meditation is seen as the most crucial way of reaching enlightenment, escaping samsara, and gaining the full understanding of what nature is. Whereas Mahayana buddhism utilizes mantras and incantation as a form of buddhism that also allows its practitioners to use this form of meditation to reach enlightenment. Despite its origination in religious practice, it has been loosely defined as a self regulating technique of having control over one's physical and mental…show more content…
Reese revealed that meditation techniques “proved to be a feasible and acceptable intervention. It resulted in significant improvement in tic severity and tic-related impairment” within patients suffering from TS and CTD (Reese). Tourette syndrome (TS) is a neurological disorder that causes repetitive and involuntary physical movements or vocalization known as tics that severely impacts around 200,000 Americans as well as a small percentage of others who exhibit minor symptoms. Though it is not known what exactly causes TS, a current understanding of the cause has to do with ¨abnormalities in certain brain regions (including the basal ganglia, frontal lobes, and cortex), the circuits that interconnect these regions, and the neurotransmitters responsible for communication¨ (ninds.nih.gov). Tics and involuntary movements are urges or discomforts that an individual feels who then wants to get rid of it, like having an itchy spot one wants to itch. Though symptoms can worsen with internal factors, such as stress, and external factors, such as social attention and dietary habits. Meditation allows the frontal cortex to undergo a deep relaxation that is beneficial for stress relief and deep physical healing associated with the strain put on by Tourette Syndrome. Likewise, hormones, such as serotonin, endorphins, and dopamine, are released during meditation accounting for increased happiness, pleasure, and a sense of well-being.
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