Changed My Mind – Meditation

There is an interesting discussion to be found at http://iidb.infidels.org/vbb/showthread.php?t=239361 all about the differences between meditation, self-hypnosis and day dreaming.

In this scientific age we have to experiment and prove that things work before the professionals will take things on board.  The monks of Kathmandu and 10 million westerners who meditate every day will sware to the positive results they get from focusing the mind.

Professor Kathy Sykes  of Bristol University has known for a long time that she needed to find time in her frantic days and schedules to set aside 30 minutes for just lying and listening to music, or she would become grumpy, tired and unable to concentrate.

Kathy Sykes realised recently that she was in fact practising a crude form of meditation.   Scientist that she is she began to study the subject and discovered that there is growing evidence that this ancient practice can make people healthier, and happier.  It may even increase life span, alter brain structure and change personality.  (more…)