Melina Benson, MSIII
Univ. CT School of Medicine
As Generation Y, we are well aware that meditation has benefits, and little time to devote toward finding them. The most compelling use for students that I found was described in a study published in Consciousness and Cognition in June 2010 called, “Mindfulness meditation improves cognition: Evidence of brief mental training” by Fadel Zeidan, et al. The paper
found that just 4 days of meditation training improves cognitive function, on top of reducing fatigue, anxiety and mood. Not all of us have 4-day all access to a retreat, but it is logical to assume similar benefits can be derived from brief daily practice.
Spending time in regular meditation has been linked throughout the past few decades to medically significant benefits such as pain control, blood pressure control, and even slow the progression of HIV-related drops in white blood cells. For a visually engaging summary of the purported medical benefits, check out this August 30th, 2013 Huffington Post article
So, keep on top of the body of literature behind daily meditation for use in both your personal and professional lives! More to come on specific daily meditation resources in future posts.