Stress reduction for ordinary persons is documented in a recent Swiss study
On a recent visit to Oslo, Jon Kabat-Zinn spoke about mindfulness. Much of it was good and interesting. But doesn't his suggestive (and very digressive!) style sometimes resemble mood making more than mindfulness?
A recent study of cancer patients, who were under stress, found that they obtained stress management through counselling (economist.com). This is fine, but perhaps no big surprise. However, the study also investigated the link between chronic stress and biological markers of changes due to the stress. This evoked my interest.
Does it matter which parts of the brain you use when you meditate? It seems so. A recent study suggests that forms of meditation based on an open mode of attention lead to different types of brain activity than meditation based on concentration. Thus, ongoing research on brain activation may not only tell us more about what kind of mental activity meditation is, but may also reveal the distinctive elements in different meditation techniques.
I started to meditate regularly four years ago, and since then, little by little I started to feel better. My outside world was the same (same work, same family, same house, and more or less the same friends – except that the number of Acem friends increased), so it was evident that the reason for […]
"There is a pressing need for a rigorous investigation of how meditation affects brain function." Professor Jim Lagopoulos, Sydney University, studied electrical brain waves in Acem meditators. There was an abundance of theta waves in the frontal and middle parts of the brain, different from ordinary relaxation.
In an interview in the Barcelona newspaper La Vanguardia, Acem's founder Dr. Are Holen discusses implications of recent scientific studies of Acem Meditation. After the interview, Acem Spain received more than 600 e-mails and 400 registrations for beginner's courses.
People who meditate become more adept at handling disturbing thoughts, according to a recent overview article on neurobiological research. More activity in the brain’s left hemisphere is linked to a more positive self-image.
When the longing for nirvana becomes too strong, we sometimes encounter the thought goblin, writes Dr. Øyvind Ellingsen. Recent research confirms that the natural resting state of the mind is not emptiness, but a tendency to wander.