Meditation in Islamic and western cultures

Document Type : Brief Report


Assistant professor of child and adolescent ‎psychiatry, Psychiatry and Behavioral ‎Sciences Research Center, Mashhad ‎University of Medical Sciences


Meditation in the west culture is a mindfulness practice to achieve peace or progress of spiritual and in ethics and Islamic mysticism, it means self cleaning to reach God. According to performed research, meditation can physically make changes in the brain structure including Hypocampus and brain stem, which, considering performance of these parts, positive performance of meditation in learning improvement, memory, emotional control, making new neurons, anxiety disorders and mood and sleep disorders. Base on culture and religious factors of our country, using meditation can be effective in decreasing symptoms of some psychiatric disorders and Improving mental health of population.


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