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|Alternative Title||Meditation and its benevolent effect on mental health|
Meditation is a group of self-monitoring techniques, primarily developed in Eastern cultures. Some types of medication, e.g., yoga and mindfulness, have got increasing attention from western psychology and neuroscience. Meditation is capable of modifying some cognitive and behavioral traits that was previously considered unalterable in traditional psychology. It can also effectively treat some severe psychological and psychiatric problems. Studies have shown that meditation can evoke functional as well as morphological plasticity in the brain, further confirming the objectiveness of the effects.
Meditation is aimed to explore the inner world of life. They very often involve concentration on and perception of subtle changes of personal physiology as well as surrounding environment. This, in turn, enlightens and elevates corresponding abilities of sensation, cognition, and attention.
Training of meditation thus manifests a deeper understanding of personal thinking and emotional activities. Benefaction of this procedure includes: 1) a reveal of deep-layer psychological activities, which helps to solve psychological problems of the affective and cognitive aspect; 2) an improvement of personal understanding of the relationship between the self and others, the society, or the world, which eliminates future problems of mental health from their very root; and 3) an understanding of the broadness of the inner world, as well as the potentially huge creativity it implied, hence to help the practitioner to gain a peaceful mind, as well as a healthy and prosperous life experience. In summary, meditation promotes psychological well-being from almost every aspect of the modern health concept.
The current studies on meditation, to a certain extent, verified part of its effect as well as the underlying mechanisms. Further studies will be required to reveal more deeply the psycho-neurobiological principles of meditation.
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