And I have no hesitation in believing that this includes mental distress and pain:
Zen meditation – a centuries-old practice that can provide mental, physical and emotional balance – may reduce pain according to Université de Montréal researchers. A new study in the January edition of Psychosomatic Medicine reports that Zen meditators have lower pain sensitivity both in and out of a meditative state compared to non-meditators. (read more here)
I wrote a story about my excruciating pain that magically disappeared once in a state of momentary enlightenment of some sort. Read it here.