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
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“..[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

How Meditation Works – Mindfulness in ‘The Atlantic’

Mindfulness Meditation Awareness The Atlantic Liz Kulze Meditation

Mindfulness meditation is having a moment in the West, and with it some compelling reasons to understand and try it…” 

This is the tagline for a recent article by in The Atlantic by Liz Kulze, which shares an articulate overview of the practice, personal stories and some of the behavioral and neuroscientific research being done around Mindfulness meditation.