Category Archives: meditation

Mindfulness meditation may relieve chronic inflammation

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Mindfulness meditation may relieve chronic inflammation
People suffering from chronic inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and asthma — in which psychological stress plays a major role — may benefit from mindfulness meditation techniques, according to a new study.
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Meditation may reduce death, heart attack and stroke in heart patients

Meditation appears to produce enduring changes in emotional processing in the brain

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Meditation appears to produce enduring changes in emotional processing in the brain
A new study has found that participating in an eight-week meditation training program can have measurable effects on how the brain functions even when someone is not actively meditating. The researchers also found differences in those effects based on the specific type of meditation practiced.

Compassion meditation may boost neural basis of empathy, study finds

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Compassion meditation may boost neural basis of empathy, study finds
A compassion-based meditation program can significantly improve a person’s ability to read the facial expressions of others, finds a new study. This boost in empathic accuracy was detected through both behavioral testing of the study participants and through functional magnetic resonance imaging scans of their brain activity. The meditation protocol, known as Cognitively-Based Compassion Training, or CBCT, is derived from ancient Tibetan Buddhist practices, although the program is secular in content and presentation.

Yoga helps ease stress related medical and psychological conditions, study suggests

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Yoga helps ease stress related medical and psychological conditions, study suggests
An new article reviews evidence that yoga may be effective in treating patients with stress-related psychological and medical conditions such as depression, anxiety, high blood pressure and cardiac disease.

Meditation reduces loneliness

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Meditation reduces loneliness
Researchers now report that a simple meditation program lasting just eight weeks reduced loneliness in older adults. Further, knowing that loneliness is associated with an increase in the activity of inflammation-related genes that can promote many different diseases, the researchers report this same form of meditation significantly reduced expression of inflammatory genes.

Spirituality correlates to better mental health regardless of religion, say researchers

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Spirituality correlates to better mental health regardless of religion, say researchers
Despite differences in rituals and beliefs among the world’s major religions, spirituality often enhances health regardless of a person’s faith, according to researchers. The researchers believe that health care providers could take advantage of this correlation between health – particularly mental health – and spirituality by tailoring treatments and rehabilitation programs to accommodate an individual’s spiritual inclinations.