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This is utterly confusing to me. As a Christian this is a bit hard to understand… want to understand.
I think that, aside from actually making the time to meditate, the most difficult part is letting go of the ego. It’s almost as if the more I try to detach and decenter, the more I aware I become of my surroundings and the louder the negative thoughts in my mind get. As with all things, I’m sure it is just a matter of practicing until it becomes a natural process.
I assumed there were all sorts of mental and emotional benefits from meditation, but I’m surprised to see the supposed physical benefits. If I think about it though, I shouldn’t be too shocked. More and more we seem to be learning that the body and mind are more deeply linked that we ever imagined. It’s pretty fascinating. If only I could really get into meditation… I’m just too scatter brained I think!
Wow I know meditation is good for me but I’ve never seen it broken down into science in a cool infographic like the one above! Great post! Yet even with the scientific explanation and breaking down the process of how meditation and it’s benefits… I believe it is something to be experienced and practiced more than just learning the concept. Question… Can someone explain “reconsolidation and extinction”?
Thanks for the infographic that goes along with this. It really helps make what you are saying more clear. I can see how there could be a great benefit to physical and psychological health through meditation. I do wonder about the “pro-social behavior” mentioned by increasing empathy, though. As I understand it, Buddhism has no tradition of believing in society as a force of good. Through the early history of Buddhism especially, the empathy that one would have means that we all understand that life is suffering. That is what we all share. The prescription for this ailment, according to Buddhism, would be to turn from worldly things and seek to have no connections here on earth. Is that something you think has changed over time with a new interpretation of Buddhism?
Mindfulness meditation is, in my opinion, the best and most important kind of meditation. It’s not only about finding more about yourself and the deepest parts of your mind, but also about learning how to interact better with the outside world and how to feel more compassionate towards other people. I’m glad my mother has always been interesting in mindfulness so she’s been teaching me the basics about it since I was young. Thank you for this insightful post, I’m sure I’ll make good use of the information you shared;