Dr Craig Hassed, senior lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences at Melbourne's Monash University, says: "Meditation is a great adjunct for a lot of things, from chronic pain to improving sleep, helping reduce blood pressure and coping with stress, anxiety and depression."
Community & society benefits
The various benefits derived from simple meditation and mindfulness techniques and practices, such as improved health and wellbeing, improved relationships (personal and work), improved cognitive function (e.g. better memory function) and improved self-confidence and self-awareness all greatly benefit the individual. However, the bigger picture is that all of these individual benefits also provide a wider sociological benefit - people who are healthier, happier, calmer and more self confident bring these qualities into everyday life and this starts to benefit others. Other similar benefits can be passed on to community groups, young parents, teenagers, short and long term jobless etc, etc.
There are other benefits and uses for meditation and mindfulness within communities. For example, there is research which show that these practices help with issues such as anti-social behaviour and behavioural problems and addiction and dependency issues. Furthermore, there is research to show that meditation and mindfulness practices introduced into offender institutions, prisons and probation services help not only improve the behaviour and wellbeing of individuals but also help reduce recidivism rates.
All of these potential benefits extend outwards and can help improve generally the society we are all integrally connected to and all are worthy of further research and implementation.
As a social enterprise, we are keen to work with all of those types of groups and individuals detailed above and offer private and tailored courses and discounted rates to such groups and individuals. Please contact us for further details.