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Scientist Proves Through Personal Experience That Mediation Does More Than Reduce Stress

meditation does more than reduce stress

Lazar found that the part of the brain that triggers fight or flight mode which is important for anxiety, fear and stress got smaller in a group that went through the mindfulness-based stress reduction program.

Q: So how long does someone have to meditate before they begin to see changes in their brain?

Lazar: Our data shows changes in the brain after just eight weeks.

In a mindfulness-based stress reduction program, our subjects took a weekly class. They were given a recording and told to practice 40 minutes a day at home. And that’s it.

Q: So, 40 minutes a day?

Lazar: Well, it was highly variable in the study. Some people practiced 40 minutes pretty much every day. Some people practiced less. Some only a couple times a week.

In my study, the average was 27 minutes a day. Or about a half hour a day.

Mindfulness is just like exercise. It’s a form of mental exercise, really. And just as exercise increases health, helps us handle stress better and promotes longevity, meditation purports to confer some of those same benefits.

Source: The Washington Post | Photo credit: Sebastien Wiertz

 

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