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. “..[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 […]

Finding Balance at Test Time – Reducing Student 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 […]

Meditation Found to Increase Brain Size

 “These findings are consistent with other studies that demonstrated increased thickness of music areas in the brains of musicians, and visual and motor areas in the brains of jugglers. In other words, the structure of an adult brain can change in response to repeated practice.” http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2006/02/meditation-found-to-increase-brain-size/?fb_ref=sidebar

“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

Link Between Workplace Stress and Coronoray Heart Disease

“New research has produced strong evidence of how work stress is linked to the biological mechanisms involved in the onset of heart disease…” “..we found that chronic work stress was associated with [Coronary Heart Disease] CHD and this association was stronger among both men and women aged under 50 — their risk of CHD was an average of 68% more than for people who reported no stress at work.” “”The effect [of work stress] on the [Autonomic Nervous System] (ANS) […]