In one of the most thoroughly designed studies of meditation ever published, full-time workers who used Sahaja Yoga meditation became much less stressed compared with more conventional approaches to relaxation or placebo, according to a paper published in the online journal, Evidence Based Complementary Medicine, a leading publication in its field.
A team of researchers at Sydney University’s Meditation Research Programme monitored stress levels of full-time Australian workers in Sydney’s Central Business District to determine the effectiveness of meditation in combating this widespread and expensive problem.
The 8-week clinical trial provides strong evidence that there are measurable, practical and clinically relevant effects that appear to be specific to Sahaja Yoga meditation.
The study divided volunteers into three groups. Those who used Sahaja Yoga meditation showed significant reduction in their stress levels compared with those who used other methods of meditation that didn’t involve thoughtless awareness.
This is one of only a few meditation studies in the world that clearly demonstrate an effect that is much greater than just placebo. Hence, it has broad and important implications for all levels of society.
Work stress is described by many experts as a modern epidemic. It costs the Australian economy $15 billion per year and the US economy more than $300 billion. It is a leading cause of work absenteeism, causing both mental health problems such as anxiety and physical problems such as heart disease. Sahaja Yoga is a simple, low-cost intervention that can help prevent these problems.
The strategies currently available to tackle work stress often have limited effectiveness. This is where this study is remarkably relevant. It shows that a simple, mental silence orientated meditation skill reduces stress significantly more than other, often more expensive, approaches to stress management.
Stress is not just limited to the workplace. In western countries, studies estimate that more than 70% of medical consultations feature stress as a major issue.
Read the original research publication here:
You and your friends are invited to this fascinating and enjoyable lecture, “Meditation and its effects on the body, brain, mind and wellbeing”, by Dr Ramesh Manocha, who will provide a refreshing insight into the science and experience of meditation.
Dr Manocha is a world-leading expert on scientific research into meditation. His research has proven meditation’s effectiveness in reducing stress and improving wellbeing. It has also determined that mental silence has specific physiological effects on the body and the brain.
The lecture will provide a refreshing insight into the science behind meditation. It will also allow the audience to acquire simple and effective meditation skills which can be easily incorporated into daily life.
Don’t miss the opportunity to attend this very informative session, followed by a hands-on workshop.
When: Sunday, 31 October 2010
2.00pm to 4.30pm
Where: University of South Australia
Lecture Theatre H2-02 – Hetzel Building,
Frome Rd, UniSA City East Campus
2:10pm: Lecture by Dr Ramesh Manocha, MBBS BSc (Med) PhD
4:00pm: Meditation workshop
Online bookings for this event can be made via Dr Manocha’s “Researching Meditation” website.
Click here to be directed to the Booking Form on Dr Manocha’s website.
Admission: Free admission. Suitable for both beginners and regular meditators.
This event is a Community Health event brought to you by Sahaja Yoga Meditation.
More than 50 seekers took their Self-realisation at Alipurduar, located 160 kilometres from Siliguri in India. Sahaja Yogis from Siliguri, in North Bengal, were invited to conduct a special class on Stress Management for a group of NGO volunteers and workers on 17-20 February 2010. The event was sponsored and conducted by the Central Board for Workers Education.
The Central Board of Workers Education (CBWE) is a Government of India enterprise. This Board basically helps organise several training programs for NGO volunteers and self-help group volunteers. It tries to focus on grooming the workers with adequate knowledge on stress management, confidence building and personality development during their training program.
Thus in the month of February the CBWE invited the Siliguri Sahaja Yoga collective to organise and conduct a special session through hosting a training program on stress management, confidence building and personality development for an NGO group named “SIPATWO” (a self-help group of Salsalabari village at Alipurduar Sub-division in Jalpaiguri district).
The entire session was conducted by a group of Sahaja Yogis from Siliguri collective for four consecutive days from 17th of Feb – 20th of Feb 2010. The yogis shared detailed insights on the effects of the subtle system and the accumulated stress due to our busy schedule in this competitive world, resulting in unrest within our gross self. This was very aptly correlated with stress management through the unique method of Sahaja Yoga meditation by which one can achieve eventual peace after receiving Self-realisation. Realisation was given to more than 50 members who attended the event. All who attended felt the deep silence within and enjoyed the coolness of the Realisation.
Subsequently, follow-up sessions were initiated and basic techniques like bandhan and protocol for regular meditation to sustain the effect of this unique gift to mankind were appraised. The follow-up session provided further knowledge on the subtle system and the qualities of various chakras in our subtle system, corresponding to their various proven plexuses in the gross body. As the seekers responded very well they were taught how to balance themselves and practise effortless meditation. Further follow-up sessions are planned.
Topic: Meditation and its effects on the brain, mind and health
Time: Wednesday 25 November, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Place: Dougherty Community Centre, 7 Victor Street, Chatswood
(opposite Westfield shopping centre car park)
Dr. Manocha is a world-leading expert on scientific research into meditation. His research has proven its effectiveness in reducing stress and improving wellbeing. It has also determined that mental silence has specific physiological effects on the body and the brain.
As part of the event, the audience will also learn a simple, scientifically proven meditation skill which will become a useful resource that they can use for the rest of their lives.
Don’t miss the opportunity to attend this very informative session followed by a hands-on workshop.
7:10pm: Lecture – Dr Ramesh Manocha, MBBS BSc (Med) PhD
8:00pm: Meditation workshop
Free admission. No booking is required.
For enquiries please call (02) 9904 8137 (after hours).