Do you believe all you read about meditation? It’s easy to interpret the latest news or article that confirms your biases that meditation is a proven cure for what may ail us in body, mind, or soul. It’s also difficult to be mindful of our own presuppositions, to be aware of our thoughts, during our daily lives, while reading and filtering an avalanche of data coming at us.
We all benefit from slowing down, turning off our devices once in awhile, breathing slowly and getting centered in the moment. Observe your thoughts. Know your mind. I’m all for meditation and being present in the moment- and the next. That’s why I advocate reason WITH meditation. Without reason, our meditation (which is led and perceived by our mind) easily drifts into fairy-tales and fantasies. Head in the clouds. Feet on the ground (in reality) or we will topple and smack our heads.
Read this brief article below, and may we all keep our head in the clouds and our feet on the ground.
Los Angeles Times: Science
Meditation: A stress reliever, but not a panacea
By Melissa Healy
March 3, 2014, 5:26 p.m.
Take a deep breath, meditation enthusiasts: A new study finds that research on mindfulness meditation has yielded moderate evidence that the practice can reduce anxiety, depressive symptoms and pain, but little to no evidence that it can reduce substance abuse or improve mood, sleep or weight control. And no evidence was found that meditation programs were better than drugs, exercise or other behavioral therapies at addressing issues of mental health.
The latest word on meditation’s effects comes from a meta-analysis–essentially a study of existing clinical trials that sifts, consolidates and distills their findings. It’s published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Read the full article Meditation: A stress reliever, but not a panacea – latimes.com.