Tuesday, August 17, 2010

More evidence for meditation benefits

Researchers at the University of Oregon have added further evidence about the beneficial effects of meditation. The researchers had previously shown that meditation can reduce levels of anxiety, depression, anger and fatigue. In their latest study they tested the effectiveness of a meditation technique called Integrative Body-Mind Training (IBMT). Based on Taoist and Confucian concepts of harmony with nature, it combines different mind-body techniques including body relaxation, breath control, mental imagery, and ''mindfulness'' - calmly paying attention to moment-to-moment feelings and experiences. The study involved 45 people, half of whom received 11 hours training in the technique while the other half received training in relaxation techniques. The participants had their brains scanned and by the end of the study those who had been meditating showed significant changes to a part of the brain which is important for regulating emotional behaviour and dealing with conflict.

You can find out more about this study by clicking on the title of this post.

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