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Meditation and Stress.
How do I use ancient principle and practice to absolve myself of worry, stress, or other negative emotions.
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Mindfulness from meditation associated with lower stress hormone

Mindfulness from meditation associated with lower stress hormone | Meditation and Stress. |

"Focusing on the present rather than letting the mind drift may help to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol, suggests new research from the Shamatha Project at the University of California...This is the first study to show a direct relation between resting cortisol and scores on any type of mindfulness scale," said Tonya Jacobs, a postdoctoral researcher at the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain and first author of a paper describing the work."



Objective: Cognitive perseverations that include worry and rumination over past or future events may prolong cortisol release, which in turn may contribute to predisease pathways and adversely affect physical health. Meditation training may increase self-reported mindfulness, which has been linked to reductions in cognitive perseverations. However, there are no reports that directly link self-reported mindfulness and resting cortisol output. Here, the authors investigate this link. Methods: In an observational study, we measured self-reported mindfulness and p.m. cortisol near the beginning and end of a 3-month meditation retreat (N = 57). Results: Mindfulness increased from pre- to post-retreat.. Cortisol did not significantly change. However, mindfulness was inversely related to p.m. cortisol at pre-retreat.., and post-retreat.., controlling for age and body mass index. Pre to postchange in mindfulness was associated with pre to postchange in p.m. cortisol..Larger increases in mindfulness were associated with decreases in p.m. cortisol, whereas smaller increases (or slight decreases) in mindfulness were associated with an increase in p.m. cortisol. Conclusions: These data suggest a relation between self-reported mindfulness and resting output of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal system...


Jacobs, T. et al. (in press). Self-reported mindfulness and resting cortisol in a Shamatha meditation retreat. Health Psychology. Advanced publication online. doi: 10.1037/a0031362

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Eileen Cardillo's curator insight, April 4, 2013 2:22 PM

Modest but interesting new findings to come out of the Shamatha Project, the most comprehensive long-term investigation to date of the physical and cognitive effects of meditation. 

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Meditation Techniques for Beginners: How to Meditate Properly

Meditation Techniques for Beginners: How to Meditate Properly | Meditation and Stress. |

Meditation is a great way to clear your mind and has many, many benefits. In this guide I’m going to show you how to meditate properly so you can get the most out of it.

 Firstly, I would like to list some of the main benefits of meditation and what it can do for your life: It increases your concentration so you are not distracted by useless thoughts.It helps to relax the body so it can recover from daily stresses.It shows how you are able to control your emotions which will spread to other areas of your life which leads to an emotionally balanced existence.

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Brittany Goldstein's curator insight, April 12, 2013 9:29 AM

My thoughts,

this article gave me a lot of good tips on how to meditate the right way.

I'd love to take the time every morning to start meditating, practicing my breathing and not having to think about anything. 15 minutes of not thinking about reality for a moment would be so delightful.

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Meditation Leads to Compassionate Behavior

Meditation Leads to Compassionate Behavior | Meditation and Stress. |

Meditation doesn’t just make you a better person mentally and physically, but it could also make you a better person when it comes to compassion.

A new study from Northeastern University and Harvard University researchers shows that meditation can improve compassion and do-gooder behavior. The new findings are published in the journal Psychological Science.

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Miles Goetz's comment, April 11, 2013 1:06 AM
This confirms a suspicion/thesis I have had for a while. I've always believed that by sitting and reflecting and clearing our minds of clutter, we can truly better ourselves. For a while, I was bored with meditation, but I can safely say that this article reassured me in my pursuit of inner peace and enlightenment. I only hope that many others can find this enlightening truth out for themselves; perhaps then we might be able to get somewhere as a species.
Brady Wyman's curator insight, April 11, 2013 5:15 PM

Shows the effect of meditation on mental state.