#22 – Meditation helps in post operative healing
Surgery can be a scary thing; however, it is necessary in some cases. While you may not be able to avoid surgery, it is possible for you to heal faster and improve your chances of a successful operation through meditation.
The healing process after surgery can trigger stress to the body and have a severe impact on the immune system. This is why, in the period after surgery, the body is very susceptible to infection. Meditation plays a pivotal role in the post-operative healing process because it strengthens the immune system.
How does meditation create the conditions for a healthy immune system? When you meditate, you are taking your body into a advanced brainwave states, states in which the brain has slower waves but higher amplification. This is almost the same state produced through sleep-but more advanced; it allows the brain to concentrate its efforts on cell regeneration. It also creates positive mental states, such as compassion, kindness, love, and trust.
These powerful mental states, along with positive thoughts, increase oxytocin in the body, a hormone responsible for reduced stress and increased happiness. Our immune systems respond to happy states by becoming stronger, and they respond to relaxed states by multiplying white blood cells, attacking cancerous cells, and fighting infection. This means that meditating before surgery can help make the surgery more effective, and meditating after surgery can speed healing. A life long meditation practice may even help you avoid surgery altogether.
No matter what your health is like, it is never too late to start meditating, and to experience the many benefits meditation has for your health, healing, and general well-being. Meditation is easy to learn and can improve your life in every way imaginable.