Scientific evidence on meditative practices and self-hypnosis at SEE, Wellness Space
These days, everyone wants to meditate, however, there is more to meditation than just a seated silence. At Society for Energy & Emotions, Wellness Space, we continue to work on how various meditative practices (be it supine or seated, with or without singing bowls sound, with different types of classical music). This has helped us build lot of evidence on how different practices impact our mind and the body.
Please go through the following evidence and feel free to reach out to us if you need any guidance or help. This is still work in progress and we continue to learn as we gather a
nd validate more evidence through scientific publications. The various publications (link below in the table) have used tools ranging from PANAS (for measuring positive and negative affect or mood), Modified POMS (Profile Of Mood States – to measure various moods), heart rate variability and also stress – as measured through heart’s signals. Together, these tools and the studies not only provide the scientific evidence but also provide us with data-based structure for our workshops and coaching work. The outcome of these studies is incorporated in the Integrated Certification for Regression Therapy & Life Coaching Training and Naad Yoga (Sound Healing with singing bowls, breath and our own voice) training.
A. Meditation with Singing Bowls (Supine Relaxation and Seated Meditation):
Please see our publication comparing supine silence with supine relaxation with the help of the singing bowls. We have also studied meditation with singing bowls to understand the impact on the mood (positive and negative affect and impact on specific moods) along with changes in heart rate variability (available here)
B. Active meditation (Self-hypnosis, i.e. SEE Protocol developed by us) compared with passive (breath focused) meditation:
Society for Energy & Emotions has developed a self-hypnosis protocol that is part of the first module for Integrated Certification on Regression Therapy & Life Coaching. To be fair, there are many different variations of self-hypnosis or meditative protocols available and sitting down in silence, just focusing on the breath etc, is also common approach by many for meditative practices. However, depending on the practitioner and the teacher as well as the belief systems of various individuals (e.g. family or friends) involved, the approach keeps on varying. Due to the subjectivity, the true experience (the outcome of the practice) and the consistency (or effectiveness) is often compromised.
The study highlighted that SEE Protocol results in statistically significant increase in positive mood and a similar decrease in negative mood as compared to silence where only the negative mood indicated statistically significant reduction. This study is going to published in the International Journal of Yoga (PubMed Central indexed journal) later this year (Details here). This work is being published this year in the International Journal of Yoga. Further details are available HERE. This research was done in collaboration with Gujarat Technological University (Biomedical Engineering Department) in 2019-20.
C. Studies on heart-brain coherence using slow coherent breathing and humming:
This work is being reviewed with a journal and hence it is not captured in detail here. It compares slow coherent breathing with humming practices using heart rate variability parameters.
D: Mind-body benefits of chanting and humming:
This work was awarded the best paper in Health Category at Chinmaya University Conference on New Frontiers in Sanskrit and Indic Studies, 2019. This award was presented by the worldwide leader of Chinmaya Mission HH Swami Tejomayanandji on Dec 18, 2019.
E. Relaxation with Indian Classical Music:
Different Raga have different impact on the human body. Please see our research in this area (not published yet).
We continue to do more work in this area in line with our vision at the Society for Energy & Emotions.
Feel free to share this broadly so that more and more people are aware of the benefits.
Gunjan Y Trivedi
Co-founder, Society for Energy & Emotions, Wellness Space