As a skeptic of meditation, I wanted to learn more about its healing possibilities. My friend meditates on a daily basis, and he is convinced that it helps with not only his state of mind, but also his immune system. He started meditating about five years ago, and the most sick he’s ever been was with a mild case of the common cold last winter. When I started doing research, I found that meditation can help and even diseases. In a dailybeast.com article, a man named Tibetan Lama Phakyab Rinpoche, had Potts disease and diabetes. Eventually, doctors told him that his afflictions had gotten so bad, to the point where he developed gangrene and had to get his foot amputated. But, Rinpoche did not give up so quickly. He decided to rely on meditation as a way to heal his foot. After a year, it was back to normal and he was able to walk on it again. Now, Rinpoche teaches meditation. The positive correlation between meditation and his healing foot fascinated researchers, so they decided to look deeper into meditation. They found that with lots of practice, meditation can help increase blood flow, it can boost your metabolism, and it can contribute to oxygenation. The combination of these things can fight off damaging bacteria, such as the bacteria that caused the gangrene in Rinpoche’s foot.
After doing additional research, I also found that meditation can help with cancer. Typically, cancer patients are stressed, and meditation can help them with overwhelming feelings of anxiety and depression. And, these stressed and anxious feelings certainly don’t help the patient’s recovery, or treatment for that matter. So by meditating, neuroendocrine can be altered, the immune system can be boosted, stress hormones can be reduced, and more, according to beginnersmeditations.com.
I’m a “I need to see it to believe it” kind of girl, so this information is still hard for me to wrap my head around. Rinpoche’s story is especially mind boggling to me. No matter how much I learn about meditation, I won’t truly believe in all of its health benefits, until I tried it for myself.