This article was originally published in Eureka.
Meditation has long been associated with mindfulness and the spiritual side of eastern religions. But the truth is that for a while now, it’s been growing in popularity throughout the world, gaining credibility not just as a way of relaxing or getting in touch with your spiritual side, but as a potential way to combat depression and stress, and even build up your brain.
The first historical data on meditation dates back over 3,000 years. But it wasn’t until 100 years ago that scientists started to study the health benefits of meditation on the mind and body.
Take the reduction of physical pain. The research of professor Dr. Fadel Zeidan published in the Journal of Neuroscience found that people who practice meditation endure physical pain better than those who do not. This is significant in that it can be a good option for patients who suffer from chronic pain whose only other recourse might be potent and potentially harmful drugs.