Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Can you have pain without suffering?

New research looks at the benefits of meditation for chronic pain
By Joshua Grant

What Zen meditators don’t think about won’t hurt them. That was the title of the press release written by the Université de Montréal public relations department for a recent research study Dr. Pierre Rainville and I conducted. I begin with this because of the subtle way it captures exactly what we “think” we’re measuring.
Over the past five years we have been studying the influence of meditation on the experience of physical pain. Despite numerous claims in ancient Hindu and Buddhist texts that meditative practices have powerful effects on pain, little scientific work had been done at that time. Our work, along with the work of others, is shedding light on these claims and may prove valuable to those seeking alternative methods of pain relief.

Read the rest here.

Thanks to Deokwun for the link.

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