... is a collection of practices aimed at helping us to cultivate moment-to-moment awareness of ourselves and our environment.
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The type of meditation you choose matters if you want to tackle a specific issue.
Studies have been made to compare four different types of meditation and they found that each type has its own unique benefits.
There is some good evidence that meditation affects physiological indices of health, but other factors like education or exercise could also have a role to play.
Meditation does seem to be generally effective for your well-being, but it is equal to many other steps you can take to stay healthy, such as exercise or therapy.
Meditation also makes our compassion more effective.
Studies have found a positive link between mindfulness and relationship quality in romantic relationships and relationships with kids.
Mindfulness practice seems to activate the part of the brain involved in empathy and emotional regulation.
Long-term, consistent meditation mindfulness changes our ability to handle stress in a better, more sustainable way.
Meditation helps to counter our tendency to stop paying attention to new information in our environment. Other studies have found that mindfulness meditation can reduce mind-wandering and improve attention.
Larger randomized controlled trials are still needed to understand how meditation might work with other treatments to help people manage attention-deficit disorders.
Research has yet to arrive at a consensus about how long meditation should take.
Perhaps the best guide is “You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day—unless you’re too busy. Then you should sit for an hour" - Old Zen saying.
For individuals who have experienced some sort of trauma, meditating can evoke painful experiences that they may not be prepared to confront.
One study found many of the participants experienced fear, anxiety, panic, numbness, or extreme sensitivity to light and sound that they attributed to meditation.
Many styles of meditation can help reduce stress.
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