Tag Archives: meditation

Can meditation really make the world a better place?

Can meditation really make the world a better place? – Ute Kreplin | Aeon Essays – July 2018

Among the promised psychological and physical benefits of meditation are the elimination or reduction of

  • stress, anxiety and depression, as well as
  • bipolar disorder,
  • eating disorders,
  • diabetes,
  • substance abuse,
  • chronic pain,
  • blood pressure,
  • cancer,
  • autism and
  • schizophrenia.

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Meditation Raises Cortisol Levels

Meditation: The Minimum Amount That Works – PsyBlog – July 2014 – by Dr Jeremy Dean

This article is meant to be about how little time it takes to reduce stress by using meditation, but I found an interesting detail towards the end…

A very brief meditation intervention — just 75 minutes spread over three days — can reduce the psychological reaction to stressful events.

The conclusion comes from a study which also found that the short training session was most beneficial for those who were naturally the least mindful in their everyday lives (Creswell et al., 2014).   Continue reading

Mindfulness Rx Allows Doctors to Ignore Pain

Prescribing Mindfulness Allows Doctors to Ignore Legitimate Female Pain – Feb 2018 – by Sarah Yahm

A few years ago, after a series of cascading injuries and illnesses that rendered me unable to type, drive, or sleep, I briefly became a professional patient.

Like all of my professions, I took it seriously. I went to appointments armed with lists of well-researched questions written down neatly on my yellow legal pad, brought in the occasional medical journal article, and compiled detailed descriptions of my array of increasingly bizarre symptoms.

My goal was to get my doctors to take me seriously so they would dive into the complexities of my case.   Continue reading

Seven Popular Myths about Meditation

Seven Popular Myths about Meditation | Skeptic Meditations

Before you swallow the kool-aid, consider the myths surrounding mindfulness and meditation.

This is from an entire blog devoted to the potential negative outcomes of meditation. For the curious, there are many posts to browse through.

Most posts here reference scientific and mainstream media articles, so these writings are not just the opinion of a single individual.   Continue reading

Hype around Mindfulness and Meditation

Mind the Hype: A Critical Evaluation and Prescriptive Agenda for Research on Mindfulness and Meditation Perspectives on Psychological Science – Oct 2017

During the past two decades, mindfulness meditation has gone from being a fringe topic of scientific investigation to being

  • an occasional replacement for psychotherapy, 
  • tool of corporate well-being,
  • widely implemented educational practice, and
  • “key to building more resilient soldiers.

Yet the mindfulness movement and empirical evidence supporting it have not gone without criticism.  Continue reading

Meditation for Psychological Stress and Well-being

Meditation for Psychological Stress and Well-being | Complementary and Alternative Medicine | JAMA Internal Medicine – Jan 2014

Importance  Many people meditate to reduce psychological stress and stress-related health problems. To counsel people appropriately, clinicians need to know what the evidence says about the health benefits of meditation.

Objective  To determine the efficacy of meditation programs in improving stress-related outcomes (anxiety, depression, stress/distress, positive mood, mental health–related quality of life, attention, substance use, eating habits, sleep, pain, and weight) in diverse adult clinical populations.   Continue reading

Too Many Positive Results in Trials of Mindfulness

Reporting of Positive Results in Randomized Controlled Trials of Mindfulness-Based Mental Health Interventions – PlosOne – April 8, 2016 – Free full-text study

A large proportion of mindfulness-based therapy trials report statistically significant results, even in the context of very low statistical power.

We have the same problem with the studies used to support the CDC guidelines.

The objective of the present study was to characterize the reporting of “positive” results in randomized controlled trials of mindfulness-based therapy.   Continue reading

Meditation and the Brain

Meditation and the Brain – Meditation: In Depth

 

Evidence about its effectiveness for pain and as a smoking-cessation treatment is uncertain.

But this doesn’t stop the CDC from urging this upon patients while making effective opioid medication unavailable.

What the Science Says About the Effectiveness of Meditation

Many studies have investigated meditation for different conditions, and there’s evidence that it may reduce blood pressure as well as symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and flare-ups in people who have had ulcerative colitis.  Continue reading

Practical Approaches to Meditation

Meditation Benefits: 10 Ways It Helps Your Mind – PsyBlog

This article is the first in a series about meditation. The 11 articles make meditation a simple task that can be done at any time of day and in many diverse situations.

I know the benefits of a true consistent practice are tremendous, but the way this practice (and the silly mental visualizations that go with it) are described for pain sound more like marketing than therapy.

Additionally, the physical constraints make traditional meditation difficult for an EDS patient like me. Even for 30 minutes, I can neither sit completely still nor make repetitive movements like slow walking without pain.  

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Vagus Nerve Stimulation Affects Mood

Vagus Nerve Stimulation Dramatically Reduces Inflammation | Psychology Today | Christopher Bergland / The Athlete’s Way | June 2016

Inflammatory responses play a central role in the development and persistence of many diseases and can lead to debilitating chronic pain.

In many cases, inflammation is your body’s response to stress.

Therefore, reducing “fight-or-flight” responses in the nervous system and lowering biological markers for stress can also reduce inflammation.

there’s growing evidence that another way to combat inflammation is by engaging the vagus nerve and improving “vagal tone.”   Continue reading