Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Zen and the Brain: MIT and Harvard neuroscientists investigate the benefits of meditation

Yet another MBSR brain scanning study came back with good results, it was a small group (the scans are expensive) but they saw the expected results:

The subjects trained in meditation also reported that they felt less stress than the non-meditators. “Their objective condition might not have changed, but they’re not as reactive to their situation,” Kerr says. “They’re more able to handle stress.”

I got back into meditation via an MBSR course at work, it was a great re-introduction and motivated me to start up a daily meditation practice, but I found it a little too secularized and lacking in long term support systems. Meditation practice can be difficult, and having a supporting community and an experienced teacher are very helpful for long term practice.