Could Meditation Heal Your Injuries?
If you’re a fan of the Netflix original series Daredevil, you’ve probably noticed the insane amount of physical punishment hero Matt Murdock endures week in and week out—or hour in and hour out if you’re a binge watcher.
His secret for speedy recovery? Meditation. Yes, we realize Daredevil is a comic book character who exists in a world where scientists turn green and quintuple in size without losing their pants. But, there’s actually some reality to the notion that this ancient practice has healing benefits.
The link is simple. Stress inhibits healing and meditation reduces stress. In addition to the psychological stress-reducing benefits, meditation has been shown in studies to reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol. While a 10-20 minute daily practice probably won’t have much impact if you get a gaping tear from a shoge hook or a concussion from a four-story drop into a dumpster, meditation has been shown to potentially have some wound-healing properties and if you’re treating stress-related conditions such peptic ulcers or migraines, it’s an excellent addition to your existing protocol.
As for what kind of meditation, that’s really up to your personal taste, but the cortisol study participants (and Murdock, apparently) practiced mindfulness meditation, which involves focusing on your breath and learning to non-judgmentally accept your thoughts as they pass through your consciousness.
Giving yourself a few minutes of meditation each day is a great way to speed workout recovery and to cut through life’s constant stress. Whether or not it protects from exposure to infinity stones is still being researched.