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 […]

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

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) […]

The Science of Mindfulness

Daniel J. Siegel, co-founder of UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center: “With repetition, an intentionally created state can become an enduring trait of the individual as reflected in long-term changes in brain function and structure.” http://www.mindful.org/the-science/medicine/the-science-of-mindfulness