Mindfulness, Music Appreciation and Empathy

“Why waste money on psychotherapy when you can listen to the [Bach’s] B Minor Mass?” — Michael Torke, composer

Sometimes people will ask me whether or not listening to music counts as mindfulness practice. I’d say sure,* you can do pretty much anything with an intention to be mindful, but what makes a session of mindful music appreciation unique and distinct from a mindful breathing practice?

NYTimes OP-ED: The Morality of Meditation

A recent article in the NYTimes discusses an experiment on whether meditators might be more willing to help others.

meditation mindfulness compassion Paul Condon NYTimes New York Gaëlle Desbordes Boston Harvard Willa Miller
NYTimes Ilustration by Olimpia Zagnoli

“..[W]hat ..interested us was whether those who had been meditating would exhibit greater compassion in the face of suffering. To find out, we staged a situation designed to test the participants’ behavior before they were aware that the experiment had begun.

 

 “Although only 16 percent of the nonmeditators gave up their seats — an admittedly disheartening fact — the proportion rose to 50 percent among those who had meditated.”

 

Read the full article here

Finding Balance at Test Time – Reducing Student Stress

Mindfulness in Schools, Classroom, Test-taking, stress

 

A recent study suggests that mindfulness training may improve mental well-being during test-taking time.

From Medical News Today:

“A team of researchers led by Professor Willem Kuyken from the University of Exeter, in association with the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, and the Mindfulness in Schools Project, recruited 522 pupils, aged between 12 and 16 years, from 12 secondary schools to take part in the study. 256 pupils at six of the schools were taught the Mindfulness in Schools Project’s curriculum, a nine week introduction to mindfulness designed for the classroom…

“Re-wiring” Your Brain for Healthier Relationships

“Put another way, when you practice mindfulness meditation, you boost your amperage for relationships. Your brain gets better at making sense of incoming emotional information without jumping to conclusions, reacting out of old habits, or getting stuck in emotional dead-ends like worry or grudges.:”

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/rewire-your-brain-love/200910/mindfulness-meditation-neuroscience-healthier-relationships