Why is meditation important?

People with multiple sclerosis often ask: why is meditation important? There are many reasons for this, but one of the most important is its clinically proven effectiveness at reducing stress.


There are many reasons for people with MS to meditate, but one of the most important is meditation’s clinically proven effectiveness at reducing stress  – and the clinically recognized link between stress and MS progression, both in terms of relapses and degeneration. 

A surge in scientific research over the last decade has shown that meditation and mindfulness can help with depression, pain, compassion and happiness, and can 'rewire' the brain.


Dr. Craig Hassed talks about the long-term physiological effects of mindfulness and meditation, and answers the question: why is meditation important?

To learn more about mindfulness and these areas, see the MS Encyclopedia.

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